Good season for Brownies or not?

Rather mixed messages from Worcs.  Our core count for Grafton Wood NR now completed is slightly down but not disastrously so.  Count at Trench Wood NR also significantly down but increases at several of the sites regularly monitored by the Thursday Streakers, some by a substantial margin.  I will leave Simon to fill in some of the detail on this.  Some of these fluctuations can be explained by changes in the quality of habitat but not all!  We seem to have seen an increase in hedge flailing this autumn with a number of farmers coming out of agri-environment schemes which is worrying.  The uncertainties and delays surrounding the rolling out of the new scheme not helping either.  Our final weekend egg hunt of the season at Grafton Wood is Saturday, 31st January when we plan to take a look inside the main body of the wood so hopefully better news to report then.  We meet at 10 am outside Grafton Flyford church and all are welcome.   

Things seem to have been a bit quiet on the blog of late, apart from Nikki's very interesting results from West Williamston.  How's it going elsewhere in the country?