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Naturalist and Woodman

A glut of Red Admirals

Cyril did the transect this week and found and found 23 Red Admirals.  Grafton has now broken all previous counts for butterflies and we still have 3 weeks to go.  Total butterflies counted 4987.  Count with adjustment for missing weeks … Continue reading

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Butterflies thin on the ground…

Transect today very few butterflies.  Some pristine Small Coppers and Red Admirals. The volunteers finished cutting the over grown Blackthorn last week.  The local farmers have been flailing their hedges this week so any Brown Hairstreak eggs will be lost. … Continue reading

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Brown Hairstreak Day

Brown Hairstreak Day and 20 Year Celebration of BC and WWT owning Grafton Wood. Sir Peter Luff came to say a few words as he was the person who opened it 20 years ago. Graham Martin and Peter Seal also … Continue reading

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Looking good from Brown Hairstreak Day

22 degrees at Grafton today and most visitors saw a Brown Hairstreak. Rhona our Regional  Officer came round Grafton today and she found her first ever Brown Hairstreak – even say it egg laying. The forecast is good for Sundays … Continue reading

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Just something different…

At the work party today just 4 people blackthorn cutting and mowing rides for Sundays Brown Hairstreak day. Some lovely autumn flowers – Meadow Saffron on the edge of the wood.    

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Can you believe it…..

At last weeks work party we cut willow and blackthorn to bring the area back into prime Brown Hairstreak habitat. Whilst doing the Transect this week I found a Brown Hairstreak laying eggs on our last weeks fire site!!!

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Brown Hairstreak Day

A day out on Sunday 27th August with a chance to see Brown Hairstreak. Start from the the Three Parishes Hall, Grafton Flyford at 11:00 It is also our 20th anniversary of owning and managing the wood. Refreshments will be … Continue reading

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