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Yellow on Mill
by Glynis Pierson
Office (Shoreham) shade air temperature
attained an unpleasantly hot 33.0 °C
pm and 4:00 pm, the highest
temperature this century.
first winter Lapwing
was seen back on the River
Deer was spotted running loose in Underdown
Road, Southwick. It was captured by Sompting
from Truleigh Hill at about 11:00 pm
last, the first Chalkhill
Blue Butterfly of the year was spotted
on the lower slopes of Mill Hill. It was
one of a few males seen in the late afternoon, accompanied by frequent
male Adonis Blues and
male Common Blues,
occasional Marbled Whites,
a few Small Whites, one
lively Peacock Butterfly,
one Wall Brown and
a few Six-spotted Burnet Moths.
three Stork chicks
had left the nest at Knepp this morning, and were foraging close to the
nest tree. They all looked in very good condition and appeared very tolerant
of us humans. At one point we also saw seven adult Storks
using the thermals to gain height, spiralling out of sight.
of the Stork chicks
at the Knepp Estate left the nest.
This is the first Stork
to have fledged in the wild in Britain in 600 years.
had just about arrived on a cloudy
late afternoon on the lower slopes of Mill
Hill, with my first of the year
Purple-barred Moth, Phytometra
viridaria, and a Six-spotted Burnet
my first of the year Marbled Whites (3)
and Gatekeeper (1) butterflies.
Then to my intense surprise a fluttering bright blue butterfly settled
and it was confirmed as a good condition male Adonis
must be a second brood and it is three weeks earlier than in 2019.
spotted my first of the year Small Skipper.
by Jeff Curnick
vespertinus, was spotted on Beeding
Australian Black Swan
first two Swallows
of the summer flew low over the middle slopes of Mill
Hill from the western towpath of the River
silver blossom is the Hawthorn
by Sue Gale
the first time in over five centuries a pair of White
ciconia, living wild on the Knepp
Estate, in the Adur valley, have seen the first egg of five hatch in
their large new nest at the top of an old Oak
rewilding project was started with the introduction of a pair of adult
Storks from Poland in 2016. However, the introduced female appears to have
mated with a vagrant male bird.
and cloudy, conditions not ideal for butterflies
but better for photography, I nevertheless
enjoyed my afternoon visit to the Horseshoe
Vetch covered lower slopes of Mill
HiIl. Dingy Skippers were
and widespread and on the two-thirds transect I estimated at least 35,
including a mating pair. However, I did not actually disturb a single Grizzled
Skipper. Other butterflies disturbed from
rest were occasional
Peacocks, five male Adonis
first pristine Brown
Argus of the year, one Small
Heath, and one
Brimstone. A Treble-bar
Moth showed and a small pyralid
Pyrausta nigrata was spotted. In Shoreham
there was a Holly Blue
and a probable Small White.
was a surprising discovery in a shallow rockpool
in the River Adur
estuary by the Scout Hut, Adur Recreation Ground.
& Video Report by Sue
species of Seahorse
are found in the seas around the British Isles: the Spiny
guttulatus, is rare in the English Channel, recorded off
Dorset and the western approaches mostly. The Short-nosed
hippocampus, is occasionally found in deep water around
the Channel Islands, unusual but widespread elsewhere. It was also recorded
off the coast of Holland in 1998. This species is found in deep water off
the Sussex coast, notably off Southwick, near Shoreham-by-Sea.
Seahorses (for the younger reader)
Seahorses & Pipefishes
A Common Seal
was spotted swimming in the River
Adur, between Henfield and Partridge Green,
by Henfield jogger Sue and her dog Bailey on their morning run.
soared over the lower slopes of Mill HiIl,
the accompanying Kestrel
in comparison. A Common Lizard skittered
into shelter after basking on some young Brambles.
last of the dozen Mute Swan cygnets
at Lady Bee Marina, Southwick, before they were all predated upon by Magpies
and Herring Gulls.
from Shoreham Beach
children's eyes spotted this very small flint fossil amongst the billions
of other pebbles on Shoreham Beach (by Beach
Green). It is a bivalve mollusc
from the Cretaceous
period and the Natural History Museum
suggested it could be the bivalve Limatula
representatives still extant today.
A very nice flint cast of a bivalve called Neithia
the Cretaceous chalk circa 85 million years ago.
five months isolation from Mill
Hill because of inclement weather,
the sun finally came out on the muddy southern top part of Mill
Hill Nature Reserve. And
with the sun came my first butterflies
of the year: at least two strong-flying Brimstone
Butterflies skirting the still bare scrub,
and secondly a Peacock Butterfly
first spotted on a drain cover south of the Reservoir. I was most pleased
to spot two Small Tortoiseshells
fluttering over the thoroughly mown meadow (a good job) north of the upper
large Slow Worms,
a small slim Adder
a Common LIzard were
all firsts of the year reptiles
amongst some old logs deliberately placed on the southern part of Mill
Hill. Small birds
sang to each other from deep inside the bushes but they were mostly too
well hidden for me to identify, although I recognised a pair of Blue
Tits. A male Pheasant
was not so easy to spot into the low light of the early afternoon. Clumps
flowered on the southern part of Mill Hill. Green
Alkanet was also seen in flower
south of the Reservoir. In the top copse,
the first flowers and leaves were seen amongst the budding Blackthorn.
read 31 inches
at 11:00 pm, an
exceptionally high reading on the Fair/Very Dry scale. A professional reading
Airport attained a high pressure of 1049.1 mbs. The
English record, set in 1902, is 1053 millibars. (hPa is the
same as millibars, mbs.)
to Read a Barometer
Butterfly List 2020
Peacock Butterfly was spotted in a Shoreham
garden. It must have been disturbed from hibernation on a cloudy
day. It was the first butterfly
of the year and the first local Peacock Butterfly
in January on record.
Butterfly Flight Times
first flowers of the decade, just after
midnight, were Herb Robert
by the wheelie bins. It was fine (air temperature
C) at the turn of the year with a slight easterly
chill to little to no wind (Force
2). There was no bird activity to be seen
or heard in the early hours in the
(after midnight) sky.
the misty daylight, I opened the front door and immediately spotted a big
fly into the bare branches of a Sycamore.
Nature Notes 2013