The Holy Family Catholic Church Hall at Monks Farmhouse in North Road,
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ring Slide Show
few flowers of Lesser
Celandine were spotted on the western
verge of the Steyning Road just north of the last house in Old Shoreham.
(illustrated on the left)
is often the first sign of colour in spring. A very small specimen flowered
on the eastern shore underneath the Railway
were also flowering on verges.
fields between Worthing and Sompting are wetter than we've ever seen them
and the livestock are helping to make it into an interesting wetland. This
morning's haul of Heron,
two Little Egrets
and nine Mallards
was pretty standard fare, but the discovery of two Water
Rails was a new bird for the house list.
Checking on them this afternoon (both still there) we also added four Teal
the list as well. At least six Chiffchaffs
intensively feeding brought a hint of spring.
almost all the snow
had melted but on a very muddy Mill
Hill there were still foot high (30 cm)
drifts and running meltwater. The Sweet
Violets had been flattened by the load
of snow on top
the afternoon one Snipe
flew over the road by the Norfolk
Bridge and another was feeding on a verge
beside Shoreham Airport.
was seen roosting with the more usual waders on Adur Saltings but flew
off before high tide in the morning.
slowly melted during the day but not all of it, and the melted snow
froze making some shady areas perilously slippery. Gusts of wind blew the
powdery snow around and this effect could be seen at a distance, e.g. on
Hill from Shoreham
cm of snow
fell after dark but it stopped before midnight.
first Frog Spawn of the year was
discovered in a small Shoreham pond
by Sue Wright
was seen in Corbyn Crescent, Shoreham.
juvenile Common Seal, Phoca
hauled up on a River Adur
mud bank two miles inland from Shoreham-by-Sea.
spotted by first reptile of the year: a single sandy coloured Wall
over the south facing wall of the Old
Fort, Shoreham Beach.
were in flower on St David's Day in Church Lane, Steyning.
Nature Notes 2012