Monthly Archives: June 2016

Launch of West Midlands Butterfly Book

The group of Branch members, book sponsors and BC executives met in Wyre Forest today to launch the new butterfly book.  After thank you speeches to all those associated with the book we were taken into the Wyre  Forest to … Continue reading

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Butterfly Transect

Summer is here – 230 butterfly count at Grafton today – mostly Meadow Brown and Ringlet but also 2 White Admirals and 7 Silver-washed Fritillaries  

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First White Admiral

The weather was a little better this afternoon.  Recorded the first White Admiral of the year and a Red Admiral.  The WA pic below was not taken today although I had 4 sightings – far too flighty for a photograph. … Continue reading

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Butterflies improve….

After last weeks rain I was able to do a Transect yesterday.  Over 100 butterflies were recorded compared with an average of 60 for week 12.  Good numbers of Large Skipper and the first Ringlet this year for Grafton.  The … Continue reading

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Still very few Butterflies…

Several Greater Butterfly Orchard found on the north ex-conifer plot.  Also our old friend the Aspen Leaf-rolling Beetle and another pollen feeding beetle known as the Swollen-thighed Beetle feeding on buttercup. Also an early Large Skipper.  

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Waiting for Summer Butterflies

Most of the spring butterflies are over but here comes the summer species.  The first Meadow Brown and Common Blues were seen today and still a few Orange-tips.  The wood has many Common Spotted Orchid and dozens of Four Spotted … Continue reading

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Volunteer’s Conference

WWT Volunteer’s Conference was held at Grafton this year.  With excellent talks in the morning by the reserve managers and by Johnny Birks who talked about the effects of carnivores on British wildlife.  He explored the possibility of re-introducing some … Continue reading

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