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Droitwich group visit..

25 members of WWT Droitwich group visited Grafton today – a lovely sunny day with lots of butterflies. Tea and cake at the village hall to follow.

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Poor Transect

Week 3 for the Transect only yielded 34 butterflies – in 2015 the count was 160. Several Holly Blues and loads of Orange-tip eggs were found.  We checked some Brown Hairstreak eggs and could see that they were hatched.

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Grafton at its best…

Cool wind and sunshine but the wood looks at its best.  Another week and the bluebells will be fully out. Laight Rough looks great with Bluebells and and Early Purple Orchids

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Last Work Party – First Transect

Friday 31st March was the last Work Party.  Trevor T and JKT finished mowing the conifer ride.  Saturday 1st April JKT did the first Transect – weather was patchy but saw Peacock – Brimstone – Comma and the first Orange-tips. … Continue reading

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Blackthorn Cutting

The worst job we do in Grafton – Blackthorn cutting.  We completed the section on the edge of the wood today last cut in 2004/2005.

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More Brown Hairstreak eggs…..

Simon and Gill continued the egg search yesterday in the area adjacent to the old pond, they added 97 eggs to the count, now showing a total of 555 eggs in the wood itself  – map below.  The Blackthorn in … Continue reading

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The Egg Count continues…..

Simon and Gill had another Brown Hairstreak egg counting session at Grafton on Wednesday and found a huge cash of eggs at the west end of the orchards ride.  This is an area coppiced last winter.   

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