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WILDLIFE REPORTS
 

21 May 2018

Lower slopes of Mill Hill

 
In less than ideal conditions hundreds of Adonis Blue Butterflies flew over the yellow carpet of Horseshoe Vetch, Hippocrepis comosa, on the lower slopes of Mill Hill. Over two hundred were seen in an hour in an unprecedented count. 
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18 May 2018

Common Blues
Cinnabar Moth, Adonis Blues

WIth the yellow carpet of Horseshoe Vetch, Hippocrepis comosa, on the lower slopes of Mill Hill, looking splendid a day or two off its peak, the butterflies were out in force, in numbers, if not variety. In the transect acre there were estimated to be in excess of a hundred butterflies fluttering around in the sunshine. At least sixty were the lively and amorous male Adonis Blues, and the rest were made up of female Adonis Blues, frequent Common Blues, frequent Small Heaths, occasional Grizzled Skippers and Dingy Skippers, and a few Brimstone Butterflies and Small Whites. I spotted at least one Cinnabar Moth on the lower slopes, and one Carpet Moth where the cattle had disturbed the flora and spoilt the habitat by the water trough. The only surprise of the early afternoon was a very quick male Broad-bodied Chaser (dragonfly) chasing after the skippers. A few Azure Damselflies were seen around the Brambles. 
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14 May 2018

Hawthorn and Horseshoe Vetch
Mill Hill

Hawthorn was in blossom all over Mill Hill and the Adur Levels. Likewise the yellow swathes of Horseshoe Vetch, Hippocrepis comosa, were more than half in flower, attracting the bees and butterflies. Ten species of butterfly were seen in and around Mill Hill including my first Adonis Blues and Brown Argus of the year. 
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11 April 2018
Three Thimble Morel, Verpa conica, mushrooms were the first I have ever seen anywhere amongst some grass below the path on the middle area of the lower slopes of Mill Hill

Adur Fungi 2018

3 April 2018

Adder on the Chalk Pit,  Lancing Clump LNR
Photograph by Sarah Reeve

Despite the overcast rather cool weather (10.5 °C) we spotted three Adders basking in the Chalk Pit area of Lancing Clump Local Nature Reserve. Two of the snakes slithered off quite quickly but the third posed for a photograph sensing its surroundings with its forked tongue.

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15 March 2018
In the weak sunshine I spotted my first butterfly of the year; a Red Admiral over Mill Hill Road at the southern end of the bridge over the A27.

A Buzzard glided over Erringham Hill, seen in the photograph from the top meadow of Mill Hill Nature Reserve.
 

27 February 2018

Buckingham Park.
Corbyn Crescent (at midnight), Mill Hill

Fur-lined (and little used) Wellingtons passed the test and both heavy duty gloves were needed, but I felt the wind chill through my anorak in the afternoon when it was only just below freezing. There was a flurry of settled snow just after midnight and it remained below freezing throughout the second successive day. 
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29 January 2018
My first arthropod of the year was a tiny Money Spider, Linyphiidae, indoors. A Fox lolloping down Adelaide Square, in Shoreham, in the evening, was my first wild mammal of 2018.

25 January 2018

Sawbills at Widewater Lagoon South Lancing 
Photograph & Comments by Robert North

Left to right female Red breasted Merganser then a male. Above male Goosander followed by a female.

1 January 2018
Predictably a young Herring Gull was my first bird of 2018 on a cloudy morning by Shoreham-by-Sea railway station. Nearby, a diminutive Oxford Ragwort was my first wild flower of the new year. 
 
 
 


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