The First Silver-washed Fritillary

Today high winds but warm – the first Silver-washed and new brood Comma of the season.

The first Southern Hawker Dragonfly and Emerald Damselfly.  For only the second time ever a Club-tailed Dragonfly in Grafton.


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Week 9 of the butterfly count…

Week 9 of the Butterfly Transect and it feels grim.  So I have compared the counts so far with 2015 which was a normal year.  Results below:

2017 2015 Diff
Large Skipper 2 0 2
Brimstone 72 169 -97
Large White 11 12 -1
Green-veined White 18 29 -11
Orange Tip 84 114 -30
Holly Blue 14 0 14
Red Admiral 5 0 5
Small Tortoiseshell 1 12 -11
Peacock 30 193 -163
Comma 9 23 -14
Speckled Wood 17 10 7
Total 263 568 -305

Only Red Admirals show an improvement and Peacock has lost the most so far. Lets hope that things will improve.

The Orchids are out:

20170531 Elr

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Some Migrants…..

Some Migrant butterflies were in Grafton today looking for places to lay eggs.  Painted Lady on Thistle and Red Admiral on Nettles.  Also the first Four Spotted Chaser on the pond.

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The Lull…

At Grafton we are at a time when there are hardly any butterflies on the Transect Recording.  BUT we are now able to record Dragonflies on the same site.  With this warm weather they are now coming out in numbers. Broad-bodied Chaser. Beautiful Demoiselle, Azure and Large Red Damselfly.  Also had a good view of our resident Cuckoo.

Also on the pond a small moth Brown China-mark

Brown China-mark


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Spring butterflies at an end…

A dry and warm spring when the flower at Grafton have looked great now we go into a quiet stage before the summer flowers and butterflies start.  The Butterfly Transect is now showing low number.  To compensate the Bird count of migrants has been good 22 Chiffchaff, 17 Blackcaps, 13 Garden Warblers and regular Cuckoo.  The regeneration in conifer plots has attracted Common and Lesser Whitethroats.

The first Dragonfly arrived this week a Broad-bodied Chaser.

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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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