Autumn approaches with fungi..

Work party on Wednesday – coppicing and fungus hunting.

 

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The end of the butterfly season..

Despite the good weather the butterflies seem to be over at Grafton.  However the management work goes on every Wednesday

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Start of Coppicing

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Silver Y

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Brimstone

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Small White

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Grafton Butterflies 2016

The PDF below shows the Butterflies photographed in 2016 at Grafton.  These are not the best pic necessarily but the first one seen of each species.

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The work goes on…..

Despite the hot weather 10 people attend the Grafton Work Party on Wednesday.  Brown Hairstreak still around.

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Photo by Debs

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Brown Hairstreak Day

Despite good sightings last week very few people say Brown Hairstreak on Sunday. The weather was  dull with heavy showers.  About 40 people attended and positioned themselves in the blackthorn areas waiting for females to come down to lay.  One or two were seen in the tops of ash trees but none came down.

The females will be out for the whole of September so if you want to see one wait for some warm sunny weather then wait by the old pond for a female to come down.

It was still nice chatting to old friends and acquaintances and the home made cake was great.

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Brown Hairstreak Weekend

People with a weather app on their phone went to Grafton today.  A gang of photographers photographing a Brown Hairstreak on the wood edge (below).

The pond area is still the best place to see BHs and a few Brown Argus still around.

Sunshine and showers with 20 degrees forecast for Sunday, so we can be optimistic..  Meeting at 11:00 at the 3 Parishes Hall on Sunday.  Miriam’s cakes are not dependent on the weather.

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Its all happening….

Two good days of weather and most of the visitors at Grafton are managing to see and photograph Brown Hairstreak. At the work party today we stopped work for half an hour for lunch, in that time we took dozens for photographs of females egg laying.

So good news for Sunday if the weather stays good.

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One volunteer and his dog

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