Monthly Archives: September 2012

Good News for Brown Hairstreaks

We have been concerned about the management of the orchard for Brown Hairstreaks. A secondary fence had been installed to keep the cattle from browsing the Blackthorn sucker were the butterfly tends to lay. This was rather ineffective as it was to… Continue reading

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Two days looking round Grafton

I have spent the last two days looking round Grafton Wood to see the last few butterflies and flowers of the year. Still getting good reports of Brown Hairstreaks. 14 different Bhs were reported and photographed today. Coppicing started last Wedne… Continue reading

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Dave Williams Visit

Dave Williams visited Grafton yesterday and emailed me with his Braown Hairstreak records. He wrote:- Today has been the most unbelievable I have ever experienced at Grafton. Arrived at 11-45 and met a chap called Terry Evans from Halesowen whom I… Continue reading

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Blackthorn Cutting is Finished

There is no job harder than cutting Blackthorn on warm summer days but thanks to Grafton trusty volunteers we have now complete this year cutting. This is all done for the rare and beautiful Brown Hairstreak. In the last week they have been seen i… Continue reading

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Blackthorn Cutting Yesterday

Blackthorn cutting yesterday with 9 volunteers. There were loads of Brown Hairstreaks around yesterday, 3 in the orchard and 2 in the wood – all females in good condition. One female laid 2 eggs on a piece of blackthorn that had been cut, watch by… Continue reading

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Search for Brown Hairstreak

Four hour search for Brown Hairstreak today: no luck, however I did find a photographer who had found one in the orchard – a rather worn female laying. Did find Small Copper, Brown Argus and Holly Blue. The photograph shows work done in the wood f… Continue reading

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