DYKE & MILLER'S
to the Waterworks Road
Dyke 2006-2008 Wildlife Reports
large mechanical machine has now cut down the vegetation and its tyre tracks
could be seen on the reed strewn muddy bank next to the flooded stream.
Reedmace, or Bulrush
for three Grey Herons
that flew off on my approach there was nothing of special interest. It
is debatable what food source attracted them to the stream if they were
not just resting or considering breeding habitats. The stream which nearly
dried out in the summer does not appear to provide a home for fish, but
the Common Frog is known from spawn and tadpoles.
large flock of Sheep
grazed the field to the north.
vegetation in the field has not been cut down this year.
Pholidoptera griseoaptera, estimated at 25 mm
long (perhaps longer?). It was larger than any grasshopper
I have ever seen.
was seen by Miller's Stream, at the new southern entrance by the road.
This hopper is frequently seen on Spring Dyke. The
stream was even lower than July with no water visible.
the dry heatwave in the second half of June, it was no surprise that Miller's
Stream had reduced to a low level, but the extent was a bit of a surprise,
falling lower than recorded this century and only a shallow trickle remained,
insufficient to support large fish. No fish of many kind have been seen
in the stream.
Dyke, the land area was overgrown with thistles
etc. and no passage was attempted. A Meadow
Brown Butterfly fluttered around the fringes
near the road.
the first bit of rough land near the road is now too overgrown by Creeping
Thistle to be accessible. There was a 1682
comae and a blue
damselfly that my deteriorating eyesight had
difficulty in identifying from the eyes, the clearest way. I think it was
Common Blue Damselfly, Enallagma
cyathigerum, but I could not get close
enough to be sure it was not the more frequent
was a fresh teneral Large Red Damselfly
very late in the afternoon amongst the Stinging Nettles that covered most
of the dyke.
Tortoiseshell Butterfly was in such poor
condition worn and damaged on the right wing that it seemed only just about
capable of flying, although it avoided my half-hearted attempts to capture
its image. The flighty white butterfly was a Green-veined
White (corrected entry).
the reeds next to the stream something slithered and it was green rather
than golden-brown, possibly a Slow Worm,
but I think it was more likely to be juvenile
the southern side of Miller's Stream (opposite to Spring Dyke) a large
adult Roe Deer, without antlers, surprised
me with a leap from cover of the long reeds to disappear under a Hawthorn.
Tortoiseshell Butterfly showed.
disturbed a male Pheasant
and a Moorhen
there were at least three bird warning calls I could not identify and two
of these were quite distinctive with a wailing eerie sound and another
from what seemed like a smaller bird was more melodic. At least four Small
Tortoiseshell Butterflies showed.
small dried out mushroom was seen. It had a white stem 50 mm long and a
fawn cap 18 mm in diameter. Its gills were dark brown. It was probably
Fungi: Fruiting Bodies (Monthly Guide)
are back and I saw two of them scuttling quietly, but not with their noisy
presence as usual. The noise was left to two pairs of Mallards
takign flight and then flying overhead squawking madly. Then there was
the distinctive dipping flight of the Green
Woodpecker seen near the Waterworks House.
disturbed a flock of Wood Pigeons,
a Grey Heron and three hen
on Spring Dyke and two pairs of Mallards
the adjacent Miller's Stream near the Waterworks, Old Shoreham. There was
a single old orange
furfuracea, attached to the base of a
broken twig. Small Jew's Ear Mushrooms
Parmelia caperata grew on the Hawthorn.
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