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EVENTS


World Oceans Day
World Oceans Day was first declared as 8th June at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.
Events occurred all around the world on and around this day.

Adur World Oceans Day 2017
CANCELLED 2017


WILDLIFE REPORTS
 

20 April 2017

Hawthorn
at Cuckoo's Corner

19 April 2017

Horseshoe Vetch

On the lower slopes of Mill Hill, the first hundred or so flowers of Horseshoe Vetch, Hippocrepis comosa, were showing along with the the first flowers of Milkwort. Young Privet was everywhere over the southern part of the lower slopes. coming back vigourously every year and threatening to shade out the chalkhill plants

18 April 2017

Tottington Wood

Breezy and cloudy, I cycled the downs route against a Force 4 passing Mill Hill and north of Beeding Hill down the narrow bridleway to Tottington Wood. The bridlepath was a difficult passage for cycling, but rewarded with a dozen Speckled Wood Butterflies, a Green-veined White and a Comma.  In.Tottington Wood, I spotted a handful of my first Early Purple Orchids of the year with flowering Wood Anemones and Primroses amongst the Bluebells. A damaged Red Admiral landed in the shade of the trees.
Magic Map of Tottington Wood

7 April 2017

Grizzled Skippers

A pair of Holly Blue Butterflies fluttering high in the trees at the top of Chanctonbury Drive, north Shoreham, were my first of the year. This is on the way to Mill Hill, where the highlight on the lower slopes was another first of the year: a pair of mating Grizzled Skippers on a dead Carline Thistle plant. 
Adur Butterfly List 2017

6 April 2017

Orange Tip Butterfly

A Buzzard looked large in the afternoon sky as it soared over the Adur Levels as seen from near Ladywells, from a field north of Ladywell's Stream on the Coombes Road, where I spotted my first male Orange Tip Butterfly of the year fluttering endlessly for fifteen minutes without pausing. Seven species of butterfly were seen on a sunny afternoon including my first Speckled Woods of 2017,
Adur Butterfly Report

15 March 2017
By the towpath by the houseboats a butterfly fluttered over my head in the sunshine. It appeared as shadow and I had to wait a few minutes out for some more movement. Then three butterflies moved quickly in succession chasing each other off the resting places. Three of us were watching and we all saw three butterflies simultaneously. One was a Red Admiral and the other two were a first of the year Small Tortoiseshell and a first Peacock Butterfly
Adur Butterflies 2017
 

21 February 2017

The authorities have decided to drain Brooklands main lake leaving lots of exposed blackish mud with small rivulets. Commotion in the very shallow rivulets was when the large Carp and smaller silvery fish disturbed the surface. The Little Egret threatens to have a bonanza with the small fish, but the large carp, mostly a dark grey in colour, seem too large even for Cormorants and Grey Herons to swallow (neither were present).Coots and Moorhens waded in the mud and swam on a few shallow pools in the boating lake. A pair of Little Grebes dived under the Teville Stream above the small weir. This stream was murky and nothing could be seen beneath its surface. A small flow of water trickled over the weir into the main muddy lake. 

13 February 2017
 
Waxwing (Image by Trevor Guy) A spectacular five Waxwings, Bombycilla garrulus, were spotted in Harbour Way on Shoreham Beach (east). 

The Waxwing is a very scarce winter visitor from Scandinavia.


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24 January 2017
In the early hours after midnight I heard a Red Fox calling in Corbyn Crescent, Shoreham. It sounded like an Alarm Bark
Fox Calls

11 January 2017
A Red Admiral Butterfly emerged from hibernation in a Lancing conservatory.

Adur Butterfly List 2017

1 January 2017 
A Red Fox trotting across Southwick Green in the early hours was my first wild mammal seen this year. As usual the first bird of the year was an adult Herring Gull gliding over the roof tops in Corbyn Crescent in the late morning. 
 


Adur Wild Flowers 2017
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Adur Butterfly List 2017
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