Oceans Day was first declared as 8th June at the Earth Summit in Rio de
Janeiro in 1992.
occurred all around the world on and around this day.
World Oceans Day 2017
the lower slopes of Mill Hill, the first
hundred or so flowers of Horseshoe
Vetch, Hippocrepis comosa,
showing along with the the first flowers of
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.
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
The bridlepath was a difficult passage for cycling, but rewarded with a
dozen Speckled Wood Butterflies,
a Green-veined White
and a Comma.
Wood, I spotted a handful of my first
Purple Orchids of the year with flowering
Wood Anemones and Primroses
in the shade of the trees.
Map of Tottington Wood
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
Butterfly List 2017
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,
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
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
Herons to swallow (neither were present).Coots
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
the early hours after midnight I heard a Red
Fox calling in Corbyn Crescent, Shoreham.
It sounded like an Alarm Bark.
Butterfly List 2017
Admiral Butterfly emerged from hibernation
in a Lancing conservatory.
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.
Wild Flowers 2017
Beach Weather Station
Nature Notes 2013