Revised Egg Count

More information from Simon P – lots more Brown Hairstreak eggs. See Map

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The Latest Brown Hairstreak Egg Count

Simon P and others have sent the latest Brown Hairstreak Egg counts and comparison with the last two years.  This shows a diminishing population within the wood  despite all the blackthorn management work being done.

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Management so far…..

Despite this winters colds and flu work parties have continued at Grafton.

The story so far: Blackthorn Management – Coppice plot cut,  Glades at both ends of the South Ride. Still loads left to do but we need help!!

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Blackthorn Management

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The Coppice Plot

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The Coppice Plot

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Glad at the bottom of the South Ride

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Glade at the top of the Sout Ride

 

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Brown Hairstreak Egg Hunt

The Thursday group have found a number of Brown Hairstreak Eggs in the wood see map.  Data supplied by Simon P et al. Hopefully there are more.

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Grafton Weather 2016

The weather for 2016 for Grafton Wood is shown on the graphs below.  The figures are compared with the average Temperature and Rain since 1991.  Data from my weather station 0.5 miles from the reserve.

The figures show a warm winter – cool spring – warm summer and autumn.

Wet winter and spring – dry summer.

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Christmas Work Party

Despite the Christmas holiday a small group of volunteers continued the work parties at Grafton.

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Christmas Lunch

Grafton volunteers met at Lower Kites Wood for a burn and our traditional venison casserole cooked by Miriam.  The entertainment was supplied by Big John who read the “Ode to Grafton Volunteers”

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