Sunday, June 26, 2011

berks/bucks/oxon 26th June

Four of us went to eight of our best woods and managed to see just 4 in 11 hours hard searching. No 'mass emergence' here, for sure, and judging by the modest numbers reported from Alice Holt and woods in that region, we have reason to believe this will be a poor to average season. As Matthew has pointed out, the gales last July at a critical egg laying time, followed by the small number of larvae found, all point to a not very purple July.
Let's hope it's just not happened properly yet.

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