Yesterday we started the new work season at Grafton where we left off last year, with RAIN!!! We have to cut overgrown Blackthorn at this time of year to avoid stray Brown Hairstreak eggs. Generally this species likes young shoots to lay the eggs on.
Today I went on a Brown Hairstreak hunt without success. However I did find Brown Argus, Small Copper and Common Blue.
The best hedgerow in the orchard was being flailed today which doesn’t augur well for Brown Hairstreak Day on the 24th August.