First Day of Spring

Spring is definitely here – the first Chiffchaff and the first Comma of the year.  Also a first for Grafton two snipe in the north conifer plot.

Colin and Hugh's Gate

Colin and Hugh’s Gate

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Last day of the 2014/5 Season

Two firsts for the last day of the 2014/5 season – One Trevor operating a rake with NO two stroke engine!!!!!

Two – for the first time ever we got the Mule stock and had to winch it out  – see pics.

SO NO MORE WORK PARTIES UNTIL NEXT AUGUST

Look no Engine

Look no Engine

Stubborn Mule and no Carrots  to tempt it out

Stubborn Mule and no Carrots to tempt it out

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The Great North Ride

Below some Before and After photographs of the Great North Ride.  3 Months Work.

Great North Ride

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Transect Results for 2014

Below the Transect Results for 2014 also a bar chart showing the best rides

The photograph show the work we have done on the Great North Ride – “Serious Rides”

GRAFTON Wood Analysis 2014

Serious Rides

Serious Rides

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New Year Starts Well

Work Party continues to work on the Great North Ride.  Still very small turn out on Sundays.

Simon P organised the Brow Hairstreak egg count in the orchard – Egg numbers down but most of the hedges had been flailed.  Tony Simpson found a rather colourful bug Corizus hyoscyami see pic.

Corizus hyoscyami

Corizus hyoscyami

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The Christmas Lunch

Leaving the fires burning the gang retired to the village hall for Miriam’s venison casserole and mince pies.

Many thanks to all the volunteers for the help at Grafton this year.

Keep the fires burning

Keep the fires burning

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A Large Mammal and a Fungus

At the work party on Wednesday Dave Ward and Nick Williams came to help with the chainsawing as I am on half power!!!

Nick found an interesting fungus Encoelia furfuracea. and on the way back to the church we found a Hedgehog – this is the first I have found in Grafton in the 17 years we have been working there.

The Christmas Lunch is at the Village Hall next Wednesday 1:00pm- All Volunteers Welcome.

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Encoelia furfuracea

Encoelia furfuracea

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