Ride Mowing

All the rides mowed today. Butterflies still poor but still lots to look at.

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The Rain……..

With continuous rain for a week butterflies have been scarce but there are always interesting insects to find.

Byctiscus populi

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Second attempt at Transect…..

Still poor numbers of butterflies despite the good weather. First Meadow Brown and first Large Skipper of the year

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New Speckled Wood brood…..

We are still waiting for the explosion of the browns and the usual Green-veined Whites are conspicuous by their absence. However a new brood of Speckled Woods are on the wing and the pond is alive with Dragonflies with the first Four Spotted Chaser of the season.

Orchids are just coming into flower: Greater Butterfly and Common Spotted

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Surrounding Meadows…….

Its nice to see that some of the meadows around Grafton Wood are being managed sympathetically. On on the south east and the other in the north west of the wood See Pics

What causes the leaves of Guelder Rose to be so badly damaged? – The answer is the larva of the Viburnum Beetle

The flora is poor at Grafton at this time of year until the summer flowers bloom. So consequently nectar and butterflies are poor.

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More Visits……

A U3A group from Wick nr Pershore came to visit Grafton and stayed for tea and cakes at the village hall

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Grafton Visits…..

11th May a visit from Redditch Branch of WWT. They found some interesting things to photograph – more details later!!!

More visitor from Wick U3A on 16th May – they were able to get some good interesting photographs. They also stayed for one of Miriam’s famous tea and cakes.

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