Cyril did the transect this week and found and found 23 Red Admirals. Grafton has now broken all previous counts for butterflies and we still have 3 weeks to go. Total butterflies counted 4987. Count with adjustment for missing weeks 5047. This is by far the best year ever for our 20th anniversary.
The work parties continue and the Coppice work has now started. 12 people attend this Wednesday. WWT roving volunteers are helping with some Blackthorn cutting.
Transect today very few butterflies. Some pristine Small Coppers and Red Admirals.
The volunteers finished cutting the over grown Blackthorn last week. The local farmers have been flailing their hedges this week so any Brown Hairstreak eggs will be lost. It is becoming even more important to manage Blackthorn within the wood or we are going to loose Brown Hairstreak in Grafton area.
Flailed Hedgerow in The Orchard
Brown Hairstreak Day and 20 Year Celebration of BC and WWT owning Grafton Wood.
Sir Peter Luff came to say a few words as he was the person who opened it 20 years ago. Graham Martin and Peter Seal also said a few words. About 50 visitors then went on a Guided Walk around the wood. Some people even saw a Brown Hairstreak.
Sir Peter Luff, Graham Martin and Peter Seal
Sir Peter Luff
Sir Peter Luff and Peter Seal
The Press Release – Press Release
22 degrees at Grafton today and most visitors saw a Brown Hairstreak.
Rhona our Regional Officer came round Grafton today and she found her first ever Brown Hairstreak – even say it egg laying.
The forecast is good for Sundays Brown Hairstreak Day – It starts at 11:00 from the Three Parishes Hall – all welcome.
At the work party today just 4 people blackthorn cutting and mowing rides for Sundays Brown Hairstreak day.
Some lovely autumn flowers – Meadow Saffron on the edge of the wood.
Dusona falcanor ?
The last Silver-washed?
At last weeks work party we cut willow and blackthorn to bring the area back into prime Brown Hairstreak habitat.
Work Party by Mike W
Whilst doing the Transect this week I found a Brown Hairstreak laying eggs on our last weeks fire site!!!
A day out on Sunday 27th August with a chance to see Brown Hairstreak. Start from the the Three Parishes Hall, Grafton Flyford at 11:00
It is also our 20th anniversary of owning and managing the wood. Refreshments will be available at the Three Parish Hall with Miriam’s famous cakes.