anybody identify this insect? (to species level)
path leads from the top of Upper Kingston Lane to Southwick
Hill under which the main A27 road burrows a large tunnel which
is hardly noticeable from the vantage point 121 metres above sea level.
A Comma Butterfly flitted
amongst the heather and nettles on the way up. A few Clouded
Yellow Butterflies would not settle,
and a handful of Adonis
Blues settled. Meadow
Brown butterflies were frequently seen.
A pretty little Small
Copper Butterfly settled on some Ragwort
on the path * going downhill east towards Mossy Bottom and up
to New Erringham Farm and Mill Hill. It was harvest time and a pleasant
sunny (22 ° C) day without the excessive humidity of late.
hawked at the top of the hedge at the junction of the road from Mill
Hill to New Erringham Farm * .
Yellow Butterflies are now abundant
near Shoreham Airport, with one every 6 square metres near the perimeter
road (TQ 206 056) on the east side. The grass outfields are a rich tapestry
of mainly Red Clover, Trifolium pratense. (Note: Zigzag Clover
is a very similar plant and may also be present) and Bird's
Foot Trefoil (Bacon & Eggs), Lotus corniculatus.
species of butterfly of 7 August 2000 was
probably an orange coloured
Wall Brown, Lasiommata megera, (It had lots of spots: I cannot
think what else it could be) discovered in
pairs and singly on the path from the Sussex Pad (TQ 181 064) to Lancing
Clump. With its wings closed, on a small rock, this species is very
difficult to spot.
Conservation Society (Species List)
long-abdomen strong-flying Dragonfly (probably an
Emperor Dragonfly) was on the wing, and
there could have been a small fritilliary-like
butterfly in the woods, that are traversed
by a maze of paths.
Records on the Adur eForum (you have to join)
Dept. of Trade of Trade
& Industry: Environment
of Special Scientific Interest
Sites of Special Scientific
Interest: Protection from development
Wildlife page has now been split into two sections: North
= North Lancing
added some pictures and notes.
a return visit to The Paddocks...
notes and pictures
page featuring Lancing Beach Green and the adjacent Shingle Beach
site contains a free database program that looks good, downloads OK,
but I have not made it work yet.)
Wildlife eGroups Forum
Wildlife Web Sites
Although crude - I've just
hacked it out of my class intranet site -
this might be of use.
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Wood, Hailsham. Large plantation, mixed broadleaf and conifer,
with a small lake. Forest
trails, one suitable for
wheelchairs. Main car-park
at Cansheath [TQ 557 072].
One of the rivers cutting through the South Downs. Rises SW of
Horsham and flows into the
English Channel at Shoreham. Sea trout, trout, and very good coarse
For info on whole valley,
RSPB reserve on mudflats
of Adur can be viewed from A259 Norfolk
bridge and footbridge from
High Street. Best in winter.
Widewater lagoon is artificial,
Mill Hill has its own entry
Wild Brooks [TQ 314]. Alluvial floodplain of Arun. Rich
aquatic flora and fauna.
Notable for wildfowl if floods in
winter. Sussex Wildlife Trust.
Can be viewed from footpaths only.
Can walk from Amberley rail
station along Wey South Path through
Amberley Wild Brooks to Greatham
bridge and thence to
Waltham Brooks [see below]
or even Pulborough [see below].
Reservoir.. 198 acre coarse fishery, pike.
Arlington. Reservoir with
nature reserve. Rainbow trout. Easy walk
from rail station at Berwick
on Lewes to Eastbourne line.
One of the rivers cutting through the South Downs. Rises on NW
border of Sussex, flows past
Horsham and enters
English Channel at Littlehampton.
Noted coarse-fish river. Some sea
trout; May to October. Goes
through Arundel and
maintains water for Amberley
Wild Brooks, Pulborough Brooks and
Waltham Brooks [see entries
The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust centre [TQ 020 081] near
Arundel Castle has a wild
area as well as a captive
collection. You have to pay
to get in. Bittern and Cetti's warbler are
Park [TQ 02 08] has chalk downland with ancient woodland, as
well as recent plantations.
Fine flora and insect fauna.
Home of Ecology Field Course
[for EC students only]. To see where you
will be staying
[SU 965 155] south of Petworth. Chalk grassland
with 'hanging' wood. Access
via footpaths. Close to
Duncton Chalk Pit.
Mills. Quiet river walk. Car park at TQ 435 146. Can walk
north up Ouse. A short loop
can be formed by going to
Anchor Inn [TQ 443 160],
walking west along road to TQ 441 161 and
returning via dismantled
Barnes, London. Wildfowl
& Wetlands Trust centre, due to open in 2000
is clearly already of the
great bird reserves of the
south east. http://freespace.virgin.net/j.tubb/wwtbarne.htm
Wood, east of Mayfield. Mixed habitats and great views. There are
two clearly waymarked links
from the road betweeen
Mayfield and Witherenden
Hill [TQ 633 265 and TQ 637 266]. Stonegate
railway station is less than
2 km to the east of the
wood and is linked to Batts
Wood via other public rights of way.
Head, near Eastbourne. Dangerous cliffs, but classic bird
migration watchpoint. Fine
chalk flora with maritime element
such as sea beet. East of
Birling Gap is a small area of chalk heath.
Good details at http://www.birding.uk.com/
Ancient earthworks at Belle
Access to beach at Birling
Gap [TV 554 960] and Cow Gap [TV 597 957].
Forest to east of Bewl Water. The National Pinetum at
Goudhurst, Kent, is considered
to be the best conifer
collection in the world by
the International Dendrological Research
Institute [!]. But also well
known for its deciduous trees and
birds, notably crossbills.
Captive ducks etc., but quite a few wild birds.
Entrance on Harvey's Lane
at TQ 477 162.
Water. Largest area of freshwater in south east [770 acres], on
Sussex/Kent border just west
of Bedgebury Forest.
Osprey regular. Trout fishing.
Butcher's Wood, Hassocks
[TQ 304 150]. Over 7 ha of semi-natural
Ancient Woodland. Ideal for
Hassocks railway station.
You can hide cars nearby.
Sand Dunes. Right on top of holiday camp, but still a valuable
part of the Rye-Dungeness
Hill National Nature Reserve [TQ 367 074] between Falmer and
Woodingdean. Access limited
to footpath through reserve. Footpaths in area surrounding the reserve
give access to other patches of chalk grassland. The whole area between
Newmarket and Itford Hills is famed for its chalk flora and insects,
especially butterflies [nearly 30 species] and Orthoptera [grasshoppers
etc, 13 species]. Ring Ouzel regular on passage.
Heavily used by ecologists
from Sussex, e.g.
Traditionally visited during
Common. Over 180 ha of heathland with fine views. Five commons
that be accessed off the
A275 running north from
Lewes and or the A272 which
crosses the A275. Three are south of the
A272: Pound and Memorial
Common and Romany
Ridge [car parks at TQ 378
207]. Redhouse and Lane End are to the
north [car park off Warrs
Hill Lane, near TQ 391 217].
Ring [TQ 139 121] near Findon. Small hill fort crowned
with beech trees.
Harbour [SU 775 005]. Thirty thousand wading birds cannot
be wrong. Huge [over 1100
ha] of channels, tidal mudflats and islands.
Covert, Slaugham, near Crawley [TQ 258 280]. Can leave car near
church. Woodland Trust information
Ring [TQ 140 082], north of Worthing. National Trust. Chalk
grassland with scrub. Fine
flora and good birdwatching, especially at migration times. Park at
TQ 139 085.
Wood, Scaynes Hill, near Haywards Heath [TQ 366 237]. About
21 ha of semi-natural Ancient
Woodland Trust information
board. Leave car in Scaynes Hill.
Trail. 16 km disused railway from Polegate [just west of
railway station] , past Hailsham,
to Heathfield [TQ 579 215].
One of the rivers cutting through the South Downs. Formed by
two tributaries, which join
at Hellingly. Reaches sea
at Cuckmere Haven between
Seaford Head and the Seven Sisters Country
Park [see entries for both
of these]. Mainly coarse
fish, roach, bream, chub,
carp, perch, dace and pike.
South Downs Way runs though
Beacon [TQ 331 133], north of Brighton between University
and Ditchling. National Trust
and Sussex Wildlife Trust.
Chalk grassland, scrub and
ash woodland. Enormous views.
Common. Mixed habitats. Car park at TQ 336 180.
Chalk Pit [SU 960 163], south of Petworth. Under beech
'hanger'. Striking flora
[e.g. deadly nightshade] and rich
insect fauna. Close to Barlavington
Down [see above].
Kent [TR 063 196]. Admittedly a hack to get to [bus 711
from Churchill square in
Brighton to Lydd takes over 3
hours], but incredible shingle
site including RSPB reserve.
The reserve entrance is at
Boulderwall Farm about halfway between Lydd and
Birdwatchers should check
details at http://www.birding.uk.com/
Ferry Field. Viewable
reserve at Pagham.
Fore Wood [TQ 756
126], Crowhurst north of Hastings. RSPB reserve,
very close to Crowhurst station.
Can leave cars opposite church. Lovely wood.
Footland Wood, Vinehall
Street, near Battle. Mixed plantation.
Car-parking off B2089 at
TQ 764 202. Bus No 4
Forest Way. 15 km
of disused railway running from East Grinstead to
Groombridge where links to
Sussex border path. The main access point is from Forest Row where it
is easy to park. There
is also a small layby at
Ham Bridge [TQ 364 369] near
Forest, between Seaford and Eastbourne [TV 526 996]. Good
birdwatching site. Car park
at TQ 518 003 has marked trails. Forest rides attract butterflies and
include variety of flowering plants.
Hill, west of Worthing. Open access, National Trust. Car park
at TQ 098 043.
Gap, near Seaford. Traditionally visited during Ecology course.
Iping Common, west
of Midhurst. Adjacent to Stedham Common. Heathland.
Car park at SU 853 220.
Vale National Nature Reserve [SU 824 088], northwest of
Chichester. Valley with chalk
grassland and best yew
woodland in Europe. Amazing
flora, excellent butterflies [34 species]
and good birdwatching [hawfinches
breed]. For yew, see
of Lancing Ring
Down [SU 888 131], north of east Chichester. Chalk grassland with
Lullington Heath National
Nature Reserve [TQ 545 018] between Lewes
and Eastbourne. Chalk heath
with mixture of chalk
flora with calcifuge species.
Nightingales. Access restricted to
Site of some of Libby John's
Malling Down, Lewes.
Sussex Wildlife Trust. Chalk grassland, flowers &
butterflies. Long barrow
and tumuli. Footpath to Mount Caburn [see below].
South Chailey. Woodland with footpaths off
Markstakes Lane which runs
east off A275. Best path
strikes southwest from TQ
Mens, between Petworth and Billingshurst [TQ 023 237]. Glorious
Mill Hill [TQ 212
067], Old Shoreham. Chalk grassland overlooking Adur.
Caburn National Nature Reserve east of Lewes . Open access. Hill
fort on chalk grassland with
some scrub. Noted for sweetbriar, a rare rose. Connected by footpath
to Malling Down [see above].
For excavations at hillfort,
at TV 447 999. Can see various seabirds. Walk to
Saltdean passes large Kittiwake
colony and likely to see Fulmar andPeregrine.
Walking on rocky shore is DANGEROUS and advise footpaths on cliff tops.
Old Lodge [TQ 460
302]. Sussex Wildlife Trust reserve on Ashdown
One of the rivers cutting through the downs. Rises south-east of
Horsham, passing through
Lewes on its way to the sea at Newhaven. Tidal from mouth to about 6
km upstream of Lewes. Notable for run of big sea trout. The walk between
Lewes and Newhaven is easy and well served by public transport.
Wood [TQ 583 327]. Sussex Wildlife Trust. Traditionally visited
during Ecology course.
Harbour [SZ 857 965]. Tidal saltmarsh, shingle.
Birdwatchers should check
Sussex Wildlife Trust Reserve
Friends of Pagham Harbour
Wood, Hellingly, north of Hailsham. Bluebell
wood [TQ 593 127].
Wonderful fungi in autumn.
Sedlescombe. 52 acres. Brown & rainbow trout.
south west of Battle [TQ 735 145]. Wet alder
woodland. Car park off B2095.
Brooks RSPB reserve in Arun Valley. Has cycle facilities
and binocular hire. Charges
for non-RSPB members [October 1999 these were adult £3.50, child
£1, concession £2.50,
Visitor centre open daily
10 am to 5 pm.
3 km from rail station at
Pulborough. Hourly bus [number 100], except
Sundays and Bank Holidays
between Pulborough Station and Steyning. Ask to get off at Wiggonholt.
More adventurously, two footpaths run from Pulborough: TQ 053 186 [car
park] and TQ 062 184 [entrance to Brook Gate farm].
Alternatively, walk from
Amberley rail station through Amberley Wild
Brooks [see entry above]
to Greatham bridge and Waltham Brooks [see below]. From there can retreat
east along minor road until reach path to Pulborough.
Birdwatchers should check
details at http://www.birding.uk.com/ [click
on bird sites].
For more information and
details of RSPB reserves elsewhere, see
Chalk Pit [TQ 268 122], northwest of Brighton. Chalk
flora and juniper scrub.
Leonard's Forest. Large plantations conceal three small reserves.
Sheepwash Ghyll (TQ 215 304,
Ghyll woodland and stream), Mick's Cross
(TQ 208 299, Beech pollards
and heath) and Lily
Beds (TQ 212 308, Lily-of-the-Valley).
Head. Chalk cliffs. Fine flora. Fine Kittiwake colony at
extreme west of cliffs, viewable
from end of promenade. From
rail station, move south
Selwybn's Wood, Cross
in Hand South of Cross-in-Hand. Off A265 [TQ 552
Sisters Country Park [TV 51 99], between Seaford and Eastbourne.
Car park off A259 to east
of river. Varied flora from saltmarsh to fine chalk grassland. Good
for all-round natural history.
See entries for Adur and Mill Hill. The shingle beaches are
more interesting than they
Stedham Common, Midhurst
[SU 856 218]. Adjacent to Iping Common.
Heathland. Use car park at
SU 853 220 and cross
Rivers. See entries
for Arun, Adur, Ouse and Cuckmere [west to east].
Harbour. Mixed habitats including shingle and saltmarsh. Has own
Easily reached by public
transport, despite distance from campus:
Forms part of the Rye Bay
This includes one of
David's study sites and the
Sussex Wildlife Trust reserve at Pett Pools
Birdwatchers should check
details at http://www.birding.uk.com/
Chalk Pit, NW of Brighton. Chalk grassland with Junpier
bushes. Sussex Wildlife Trust.
Storrington. Open access National Trust. TQ 095
Way. From Seaford railway station to Cuckmere Haven [see
entries] is an interesting
Brooks [TQ 025 158], southwest of Pulborough. Sussex Wildlife
Trust. Access from footpaths
only. Leave car at Greatham Bridge [around TQ 030 163] on minor road
between A29 and Storrington. If using public transport, walk from Amberley
rail station through Amberley Wild Brooks [see entry above]
to Greatham bridge. From
Waltham Brooks can retreat east along minor road until reach path to
Pulborough [see entry above].
Washington. Open access National Trust.
Reservoir. Trout fishing. Good birdwatching from hide and
viewing area off Legsheath
Lane at south west of the
reservoir. Reserve lane leaves
road at about TQ 388 342. Sussex border
path runs just to north of
reservoir giving intermittent
West Park, Uckfield.
Small but interesting. Martyn Stenning [4B14] is
involved with this local
reserve. Entry through Batchelor Way off the B2102 immediately after
the turn off from the A22 [TQ 464 210].
Wood, Warninglid, near Horsham [TQ 239 263]. A small(4.0 ha)
area of semi-natural Ancient
Woodland in a well wooded area. Woodland Trust.
Woods. More details
of more woods at the following sites
East Sussex http://www.woodnet.org.uk/woodlandweb/
Mill, south of Henfield [TQ 218 137]. Small but genuinely
interesting area of woodland
and wet bits. HQ of Sussex
Wildlife Trust. Excellent
of Biological Sciences
of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9QG
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