Shoreham Beach
Wild Flowers
Addenda 2012
To see a World in a grain of sand,
And Heaven in a wild flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour

William Blake

 
from January 2012
Link to Trees 2009-2010
Adur Nature 2012
Sussex Wild Flora
Wild Flora on Chalk  on  flickr

More images may be found on the Adur Wild Flower Blog

More recent images on this page (click on text)
 
 

9 August 2012
 

 Kidney Vetch
Tufted Vetch
 Carline Thistle
 Field Mouse-ear 
Cerastium arvense
Common Mouse-ear 
Common Mallow
Lucerne 

Buckingham Cutting (south)
except the first two on the left (immediately above) from open lawns of Buckingham Park

5 August 2012
 

 Teasel
Ploughman's Spikenard 
 Spear Thistle
 Red Bartsia

Mill Hill

1 August 2012
Still raining, still it was preferably to the breeze of the previous day, but the rain soon came down too heavily for photography.

31 July 2012 - 1 August 2012
 

 Meadow Vetchling
 Meadow Vetchling
 Goldenrod
 Musk Mallow

Downs Cyclepath (Ropetackle to Old Shoreham)

31 July 2012
 

 Field Scabious
 Teasel
 Greater Knapweed
Fumitory 

Mill Hill (Middle & Upper)


 Field Bindweed
 Marjoram
 Welted Thistle
 Yellow Rattle

Mill Hill (Middle & Upper)


Autumn Gentian (also known as Felwort)
 Small Scabious
 Autumn Gentian
 Stemless (or Dwarf) Thistle
Wild Basil 

Mill Hill (Lower)

As befitting the last day of summer, the budding Autumn Gentian was almost about to burst into flower as was Carline Thistle on the lower slopes of Mill Hill. I recognised Small Scabious as different from Field Scabious. Field Bindweed was ubiquitous on waste land and verges but it is most prevalent on the southern meadows by the road on Mill Hill. Yellow Rattle was frequently noted in the meadows on the southern part of Mill Hill. The Moderate Breeze (Force 5) blew the plants about making photography of flowers tricky and unsatisfying.
Mill Hill Report

29 July 2012
Too cool (17.5 °C ) for butterflies to be in flight (a Gatekeeper was observed hiding in the Ivy) and too breezy (Force 5 gusting to Force 6) for flower photography, with black clouds that filled the sky over Mill Hill and to the north, I nevertheless ventured out (to try and replace the 12 days of photograph subjects lost in the hard disc crash at the beginning of the week) to the outskirts of Old Shoreham where the Moderate Breeze swayed the flowers so much that they mostly disappeared out of the frame.
 

 
 Hemp Agrimony
 Fleabane
Bramble 
 Traveller's Joy
Clematis vitalba
Mouse-eared Hawkweed 
 

Outskirts of Old Shoreham

27 July 2012
 

 Yellow Wort
 Centaury
 Red Bartsia
 Round-headed Rampion
 Vervain
 Field Bindweed
 Teasel
 Greater Knapweed
Small  Scabious 

Mill Hill

26 July 2012
 

 Sea Mayweed
Sea Mayweed 
 Yellow-horned Poppy
Rock Samphire 

Lancing Beach Margins

25 July 2012
 

 Hare's-foot Clover 
Trifolium arvense
 Childing Pink
Petrorhagia nanteuilii
Evening Primrose
 Evening Primrose

Above the High Water Mark
 

Note about missing images:  all images between 13 July and 24 July 2012 were destroyed by a hard disc crash.

21 July 2012
In flower on the verges of the cyclepath between Ropetackle and just north of Old Shoreham: Musk Mallow and Fleabane.

Round-headed Rampion20 July 2012

In flower on the Upper Part of Mill Hill: Round-headed Rampion

15 July 2012


 
 

Self-healIn flower on the Upper Part of Mill Hill: Meadow Vetchling, Hogweed, Wild Basil, Ragwort

In flower on the Lower Slopes of Mill Hill: Great Mullein, Self-heal, Stemless Thistle, Yellow Wort





Marjoram was just beginning to flower on the lower slopes of Mill Hill, the plants on this infertile soil were small, hardly bigger than the abundant Wild Thyme.

14 July 2012
Marjoram was in flower in St. Mary de Haura Churchyard, central Shoreham, so it should also be flowering on Mill Hill.

13 July 2012

Mill Hill

12 July 2012
 

 Restharrow 
 Purple Toadflax
 Wild Carrot
 Pyramidal Orchid
 Melilot
 Yellow Wort

Slonk Hill Cutting south (eastern end only)

11 July 2012
 

Everlasting Pea
Spear Thistle 
Wild Basil
Vervain 

5 July 2012
 

 Dotted Loosestrife
 Great Willowherb
 Brooklime, Veronica beccabunga
Dog Mercury

New umbellifers were begin to flower. I think I identified Cow Parsley and the deadly poisonous Hemlock Water Dropwort. I also spotted a single flower of Corn Cockle in Ray Hamblett's south Lancing garden. Rough Clover was noted to be prevalent on the shingle of Shoreham Beach (I had overlooked this plant before).

Great Mullein (on Mill Hill)
4 July 2012
 

Mugwort

Meadow Cranesbill

 
 
 Field Scabious

Mill Hill

1 July 2012
 
 Pyramidal Orchid
Viper's Bugloss
Great Mullein 

In the blustery condition (Force 6 gusting to Force 7) first flowers of Buddleia were swaying constantly in the wind on the verges of the Downs-Coastal Link Cyclepath near the Cement Works end. The verges were dominated by flowering Ox-eye Daises, Melilot, Hardheads, in flower with ample Lady's Bedstraw with clumps of Viper's Bugloss and patches of the diminutive Hop Trefoil with notable Creeping Cinquefoil, the first flowering Great Mullein of the year, Purple Toadflax, Rosebay Willowherb, Restharrow, Scarlet Pimpernel and Pyramidal Orchids. The flowerheads (not the purple flowers) could be seen on Teasel and one plant was at least 170 cm (1.7 metres) in height.

30 June 2012
 

 Yarrow
Navelwort 
Kingston Buci
 Navelwort, Umbilicus rupestris
Kingston Buci
Evening Primrose
Kingston Beach

The small yellow flowers of Prickly Lettuce have not been noted yet.

27 June 2012
 

 Greater Knapweed
Broomrape 
 Broomrape species
Self-heal 
Wild Thyme
 Squinancywort (early flowers)
 Bladder Campion
 Eyebright & Bird's Foot Trefoil
Meadow Vetchling 
 Agrimony 
 Squinancywort
 Field Speedwell
Musk Thistle
Musk Thistle

Mill Hill

26 June 2012
 

 Childing Pink
Petrorhagia nanteuilii
Common Mallow
Hare's-foot Clover 
Trifolium arvense
 White Stonecrop
White Stonecrop

The stonecrop has been tentatively identified as White Stonecrop seen adjacent to the towpath between the Riverbank Industrial Estate and the River Adur. It is larger than the English Stonecrop and it mostly in bud with just a few flowers appearing. This is the first record of Hare's-foot Clover on these web pages.

24 June 2012
 

 English Stonecrop
 Perforate St. John's Wort
 Lesser Burdock
 Hemp Agrimony 
Everlasting Pea

Adur Levels:  Old Shoreham (except the English Stonecrop at Dolphin Road Industrial Estate)
A white coloured stonecrop was seen adjacent to the towpath between the Riverbank Industrial Estate and the River Adur.

Other plants noted in flower for the first time this year in breezy conditions were Yarrow, Field Bindweed and Rosebay Willowherb. Other just starting in flower but seen earlier in  the month included Purple Toadflax, Common Bindweed and Wild Carrot. Teasel plants appeared showing the capitulum (pseudanthium or flower head) but not yet the purple flowers. Cleavers and Lady's Bedstraw were seen earlier in the month, I just forgot to note these very common flowers down before.
Adur Stonecrops
Adur Teasels
 

 Bristly Ox-tongue
Bristly Ox-tongue
Hop Trefoil

Adur Levels:  Old Shoreham

20 June 2012
 

Restharrow 
 Common Spotted Orchid
 Greater Bird's Foot Trefoil
 White Clovers and
Red Clovers

19 June 2012
 

Melilot 
Hedge Woundwort 
Broom 
 Creeping Thistle
Hardhead 

Adur Levels:  Old Shoreham to Cuckoo's Corner

18 June 2012
 

 Wild Mignonette
 Common Eyebright
Common Eyebright 
Agrimony 

Bladder Campions on Mill Hill

14 June 2012
 

 Yellow Rattle
Dog Rose
 Bee Orchid
 Southern 
Marsh Orchid
 Verge in Mill Hill Road
 Wild Mignonette
 Ox-eye Daisies
Sea Purslane leaves + Sea Spurrey
With the Horseshoe Vetch, Hippocrepis comosa, almost gone on Mill Hill, the large patches of yellow plants on the downs pastures and Adur Levels were Bird's Foot Trefoil. However, it was such a strange year that there were still some new buds of Horseshoe Vetch.

 
 Yellow Wort
 Common Eyebright
 Thyme
 Scarlet Pimpernel
 Sea Spurrey

Euphrasia nemorosa  COMMON EYEBRIGHT

Life cycle
All species of Euphrasia in the British Isles are hemi- or semi-parasitic annuals, that is, they are attached and partially dependent upon the roots of host plants of a different species for some of their nutrients. In most cases they occur within permanent or semi-permanent grassland communities.

Perforate St. John's Wort was budding next to the cyclepath in Old Shoreham. The flowers of Everlasting Pea were seen in their usual location south-west of the Toll Bridge. Greater Knapweed was seen in flower next to the road by the bridge over the A27 to Mill Hill. (I did not visit the upper part of Mill Hill.) Wild Mignonette was noted on waste ground.
 

 Hop Trefoil
 Horseshoe Vetch
seed pods
Bee Orchid
Bee Orchid
Privet
 Broomrape

12 - 13 June 2012
 

 Biting Stonecrop
Common Spotted Orchids
 Pyramidal Orchid
 Bramble

Greater Bird's Foot Trefoil was spotted in flower, identified by its tall appearance. Meadow Buttercups and Herb Robert had spread all over my front garden in Corbyn Crescent.
Adur Stonecrops
Adur Orchids

8 - 11 June 2012
Gales or heavy rain throughout.
Adur Weather Reports

7 June 2012
Silver Ragwort and Scentless Mayweed were noted in flower for the first time this year near Southwick Beach where the flowers of Kidney Vetch were abundant (adjacent to the back, north side, of Carat's Cafe).

4 & 7 June 2012
 

Scentless Mayweed
Yellow-horned Poppies
Buck’s Horn Plantain
Plantago coronopus
Silver Ragwort

3 June 2012
 
BEACH WILD FLOWER PHOTOGRAPHY WALK 

The annual guided Wild Flower Photography Walk, organised by the Friends of Shoreham Beach (FoSB), takes place on Sunday 3 June

As usual, a botanical expert will be on hand to identify and talk about the fascinating variety of plants that flourish on our shingle beach. There will also be a professional photographer to offer advice on how to capture stunning pictures of the beachside flora.

The walk, part of the Adur Festival, sets off at 2.30 pm from the Old Fort, finishing around 3.45 pm, after which participants can relax over a cream tea served in a beachside garden.

The event is free to FoSB members, with a nominal charge for non-members.

Nature lovers, keen photographers and those who just enjoy a seaside stroll will all find something to fascinate in this popular annual walk across Shoreham’s beach which was designated a Local Nature Reserve in 2006 due to its unusual shingle habitat.

Joy Daintree from FoSB said: “There are some beautiful plants on the beach at this time of year, including Red Valerian and Sea Kale.  We don’t always appreciate the striking flowers that survive in what might seem like a most inhospitable environment.  The annual walk not only shines a spotlight on the wonders of nature but is also a highly sociable community event at which everyone is welcome.” 

FoSB will have a stand at the World Oceans Day and Environment Festival on Coronation Green on Saturday 9 June.  There will be live marine creatures, craft and quiz activities for children as well as stands from various environmental groups.

For more information contact Joy on 01273 462584.

3 June 2012
A steady Fresh Breeze (Force 5) was not conducive to the Shoreham Beach Wild Flower Photography Walk, organised by the Friends of Shoreham Beach (FoSB). At least the rain that was promised by the weather forecast the previous week was not present on the windy coast, but conditions were still very difficult for photography.
 
 Sea Campion
Viper's Bugloss
 Sea Thrift

Swathes of Red Valerian in flower dominated the shingle on east Shoreham Beach with the contrasting leaves of Silver Ragwort which was beginning to bud, and the patches of Sea Kale which were showing their first flowers. Starry Clover, Trifolium stellatum, was flowering on the grass and herb banks of the Old Fort and on the shingle. Other flowers noted for the first time this year were Mouse-eared Hawkweed, and unidentified Hawkweed on the same herb strewn bank.
Adur Campions
 

 Starry Clover
Viper's Bugloss
Sea Kale 
Sea Kale 

Yellow-horned Poppy flowers were blown silly in the wind and these were noted for the first time on the shingle this year as well. Other prominent wild flora were the woody stems of Tree Mallow swaying wildly in the breeze, Slender Thistle (sometimes called Shore Thistle) and the slender Viper's Bugloss on the grassy banks and shingle, with patches of Sea Thrift, Kidney Vetch, Sea Campion and Bird's Foot Trefoil, on the shingle.

1 June 2012
 

Salad Burnet @ Buckingham Cutting (S)
 Broad-leaved Willowherb
 Kidney Vetch
 Kidney Vetch
Spotted Orchid
 Salad Burnet

But the sky filled with clouds before midday and the butterflies went into hiding. It needed a careful look to spot the first of the tiny Small Blue Butterflies this year, amongst the flowering Kidney Vetch on the southern bank of the Buckingham Cutting, where the Spotted Orchids were beginning to flower.
 
This Geranium was discovered growing wild in my front garden. It may be the Bloody Cranesbill ?

31 May 2012
 

 
Love-in-the-Mist
Nigella damascena
 Herb Bennet
Herb Bennet
 
 Columbine
Common Toadflax

New wild plants in flower on the outskirts of Shoreham included Common Poppy, Hardheads, Columbine, Dog Rose, Creeping Cinquefoil, Purple Toadflax, an early Common Toadflax and the small flowers of Herb Bennet.

                                 Creeping Cinquefoil

The tiny Scarlet Pimpernel and White Clover were noted but I had seen these earlier in the month. Teasel was in leaf. It was too breezy for close-ups of the smaller flowers.

28 May 2012
Viper's Bugloss and Common Mallow were spotted in flower on Shoreham Beach.

27 May 2012
With the fine weather continuing, Mill Hill was bathed in sunlight under an almost clear blue sky. The Horseshoe Vetch, Hippocrepis comosa, was more extensive than four days previously, with thousands of fresh flowers but also a considerable number (thousands) of drooping and faded flowers. Violets were more numerous than normal at the end of May and it appears that both Sweet Violets and Dog Violets were having a second flowering with hundreds, well over a thousand scattered over the lower slopes. Dropwort was budding and beginning to flower and the first Bramble flowers were noted.
 

 Dropwort 
 Horseshoe Vetch & Fairy Flax
 Milkwort
Horseshoe Vetch

Marsh Marigolds and a Geranium (almost identical to Herb Robert) was spreading all over my front garden.

25 May 2012
Meadow Buttercup was noted flowering and shaking in the breeze on Beach Green, Shoreham Beach (on the introduced soil between the toilets and the shingle. Sea Campion was also flowering bountifully.

24 May 2012
On the shingle of Shoreham Beach and by the Church of the Good Shepherd there were great swathes of Red Valerian in flower. Of greater interest, further east, the large patch of Kidney Vetch was notable because this plant was not yet flowering on the road verges of Buckingham Cutting (south) where it is prevalent and flowers later.

23  May 2012
 

 Common Mouse-ear
Fairy Flax
 Hounds-tongue
 Kidney Vetch

Dropwort was budding on Mill Hill. Herb Bennet flowered on the outskirts of Old Shoreham and Opium Poppy was first noted by Ropetackle. The first single petal of Kidney Vetch appeared on Buckingham Cutting (south).

20 May 2012
 

 Horseshoe Vetch
Hippocrepis comosa
 Germander Speedwell
Veronica chamaedrys
 Lesser Hawkbit
Leontodon taraxacoides
Lesser Hawkbit
Leontodon taraxacoides

Mill Hill

I made an afternoon trip to Mill Hill to check out the extent of the Horseshoe Vetch, Hippocrepis comosa, which was not so extensive in previous years and nearly at its peak. The first Lesser Hawkbits, Leontodon taraxacoides, of the year, was seen on the lower slopes. Hounds-tongue was beginning to flower and the first Wild Mignonette was spotted on the upper plateau of Mill Hill, with White Campion on the roadside. Elderflower was budding with the first flowers noted.
 

 Milkwort
 Silverweed
 Ox-eye Daisy
 Dove's Foot Cranesbill

19 May 2012
 

 Bird's Foot Trefoil
Bird's Foot Trefoil
 Oxalis debilis
 Black Medick
 Common Corn Salad

HawthornThere were swathes of Red Campion on the Ricardo test bed land north of the A27, next to the Coombes Road. Ground Elder had been blossoming for some time. Fumitory was seen in Old Shoreham.

In the Hawthorn, Crataegus oxyacantha, when a flower first opens, the anthers are large and a bright red colour.  In less than twenty four hours the anthers appear to shrink, and take on a dark brown coloration. The red structures do not have pollen on their surfaces – but that the smaller brown structures do!  It may be that what I have referred to as red anthers, were in fact “anther caps”, that disintegrate to reveal the actual brown anthers beneath! (?)
The anthers contain pollen sacs. The sacs release pollen on to the outside of the anthers that brush against insects on entering the flowers. The pollen once deposited on the insect is transferred to the stigma of another flower or the same flower. The ovule is then able to be fertilised.
Parts of a Flower
 

18 May 2012
 

 Common Spotted Orchid leaves
 Nipplewort
Salad Burnet
 Bulbous Buttercup
Sedge

The first Ox-eye Daisies were seen in flower. At least fifty were seen so I know they have been flowering for a few days.

17 May 2012
 

Crosswort on Buckingham Cutting (south)
 Marsh Marigold
 Crosswort
 Crosswort
Bulbous Buttercup 

12 (first 2) & 15 May 2012
 

 Red Campion
Garlic Mustard
Ground Ivy
 Yellow Flag

Adur Campions

13 May 2012
 

 Milkwort
Horseshoe Vetch 
Hairy Violet
 Hairy Violet ?

12 May 2012
 

 Green Alkanet
Hawthorn
Smooth Sow Thistle 
or Groundsel or Hawkbeard
(to check)
Spiny Sow Thistle
or ???
(to check)
White Campion

Adur Campions

11 -12 May 2012
 

Herb Robert
Cowslips
Cowslips
 
11 May 2012
 
 Green-winged Orchid
 Green-winged Orchid
Green-winged Orchid
Green-winged Orchid

Hundreds of pretty Green-winged Orchids were strewn amongst the cow pats on the southern north-facing bank of Anchor Bottom (chalk downs at Upper Beeding). These were the first orchids seen this year. The ground-hugging Silverweed was noted in flower for the first time at the back of Dacre Gardens, Upper Beeding.

 

            Common Vetch
 

6 May 2012
Hoary Cress was flowering profusely next to the cyclepath and there were swathes of Thrift on the Widewater flood plain.

4 May 2012
 

 Common Vetch
Common Vetch
Tree Mallow
Tree Mallow
Silver Ragwort 
Red Valerian
 Sea Thrift
Sea Kale 
Sea Kale 

Old Fort, Shoreham Beach


3 May 2012
These images of the raindrops on the Marsh Marigold sums up the poor weather for the last half of April and beginning of May: generally inclement and overcast with rain almost every day. 

(NB: Far right: Canon SX40 Macro setting in Aperture Priority using the screen to centre the flower in the frame, cropped to the left and right, auto-contrast in Adobe Photoshop 7.)

2 May 2012
 

 Hoary Cress
 Common Corn Salad and Common Vetch 
 Dove's Foot Cranesbill
Green Alkanet

30 April 2012
 

 Oil Seed Rape
 Horseshoe Vetch
Germander Speedwell
Milkwort 

A bright turquoise-blue sky showed in the north and east on a breezy unpromising day, but the sun and some of butterflies came out in the afternoon. I checked out the lower slopes of Mill Hill where my first of 14 Dingy Skippers flitted between the thousands of Horseshoe Vetch, Hippocrepis comosa, flowers.

Green-winged Orchids were in flower on the southern (north-facing) slopes of Anchor Bottom.

Orchid Report by Alec Trusler


27 April 2012
 

On Buckingham Cutting (south)
 Salad Burnet
Bulbous Buttercup
Milkwort 
Marsh Marigold 

On the outskirts of Shoreham, Bulbous Buttercup, Germander Speedwell and Common Vetch were recorded for the first time this year on the Pixie Path (northern section).

24 April 2012
Hawthorn was now beginning to flower (notably at Cuckoo's Corner). Blackthorn was still in flower along the Coombes Road but on Mill Hill (viewed from the Adur Levels) the flowers had diminished.
 

Blackthorn
Hawthorn

Blackthorn has flowers before leaves. Hawthorn has leaves before flowers.
What's the difference between Blackthorn and Hawthorn?.


 Wild Strawberry
 Cowslips
 Red Campion
 Garlic Mustard
 Ramsons

Other flowers of note for the first time this year on verges of the Coombes Road (from Ladywell's Stream and south) were Garlic Mustard, Red Campion and Ramsons. Next to the cyclepath in Old Shoreham, Cowslips and Wild Strawberry were added to the list. Swathes of Lesser Celandine, Field Speedwell, Bluebells, Ground Ivy, Red Deadnettle and White Deadnettle were commonly in flower. Wild Carrot was budding and the first flowers had appeared.
Adur Campions
 
19 April 2012
This is my first flower picture of a Greater Periwinkle with my new Canon SX40 camera taken outside a neighbour's wild garden. 

16 April 2012
On the lower slopes of Mill Hill the first flowers of Horseshoe Vetch, Hippocrepis comosa, appeared with another prostrate downland herb Milkwort. The tiny black pollen beetles Meligethes scrambled over the flowers on the bank, especially on Horseshoe Vetch, Dandelions and on a few of the violets. Dog Violets predominated with thousands still present. The thousands of Sweet Violets had all faded, which leaves the identity of some of the fresh violets near the bottom of the slope as a bit of a puzzle.  I have tentatively identified it as a Hairy Violet. Salad Burnet was just beginning to flower and their leaves were commonly seen lying prostrate on the bank.
Adur Violets
 

 Hairy Violet ?
 Horseshoe Vetch
 Salad Burnet
Dandelion (Mill Hill)

BlackthornBlackthorn was flowering near its peak on the top part of Mill Hill and in the scrub. The first Hawthorn flowers were noted on Mill Hill and the first Blackthorn leaves. Red Clover was in flower on the verges of Mill Hill Road.
Blackthorn has flowers before leaves. Hawthorn has leaves before flowers.
What's the difference between Blackthorn and Hawthorn?

15 April 2012
The Blackthorn was past its peak on a chilly breezy white Cumulus day, but there was no sign yet of the Hawthorn flowers. Herb Robert was seen in flower for the first time this year, and Forget-me-Not was prevalent.

13 April 2012
I have been confined indoors through illness and poor weather. (The Hawthorn could be flowering by now.) Ragwort was seen in flower for the first time this year. Green Alkanet and Lesser Celandine were in flower near Shoreham Library.

28 & 29 March 2012
 

Click on the image for a better photograph
 Hairy Bitter Cress
 Red Deadnettle
Field Speedwell
Dog Violet

White Dead-nettle was noted in flower by the towpath on the western wide of the River Adur a 20 metres north of the A27 Flyover. A single Green Alkanet flower showed on the verge of the Waterworks Road at the footpath end by the gate post leading into the spinney. The first blue Bluebells of the year were seen near the Sussex Pad (path to Lancing Ring off the road to Lancing College).

26 March 2012
 

Sweet Violet (left) and Dog Violet
 
 
Sweet Violet     and Dog Violet
 Dog Violet
 
 

Amongst the thousand of Sweet Violets on the lower slopes of Mill Hill, the first Dog Violets were in flower. In Shoreham town, Annual Wall Rocket was flowering from the cracks in the walls at ground level by the pavements. I also noted a few Greater Periwinkle growing wild outside of gardens.
Adur Violets

25 March 2012
 

Coltsfoot

On the Downs-Coastal Link Cyclepath north of Old Shoreham, the only violets noted were several small patches of the white variety of Sweet Violet.  Coltsfoot, Dandelions, Daffodils and Common Daisies were flowering with small patches of Gorse. Blackthorn and the diminutive Ground Ivy were both beginning to flower. Cowslips were in leaf and budding. A few Primroses were in flower at Botolphs on the roadside by the small church.

23 March 2012
 

 Sweet Violet
 Lesser Celandine
Blackthorn
 Field Speedwell
Lesser Celandine
Lesser Celandine
23 March 2012
The sunshine came out in the afternoon when I decided to visit Lancing Ring where the Blackthorn was only just about budding and not yet in flower. The Blackthorn blossom could not yet be seen on Mill Hill when viewed from Cuckoo's Corner. Lesser Celandine was in prevalently flowering in Lancing (notably on the roadside near Lancing Manor) with Field Speedwell and Red Deadnettle. The first Bluebells of the year were seen under the trees by Lancing Manor. These were white specimens.

22 March 2012
Blackthorn was in flower in Old Shoreham.: Spring had started to bloom on the Adur Levels and downs.

(These images were taken 30 minutes before sunset.)

 21 March 2012
Coltsfootwas flowering on the cyclepath near the Cement Works.

(The photographs are blurred; one of my early attempts with the unfamiliar Canon 500D camera & Tamron 90 mm lens.)

20 March 2012
 

 Sweet Violet
 Carline Thistle
 Carline Thistle Seed
 Carline Thistle
20 March 2012
There was just a single Primrose growing wild on the edge of the Pixie Path (hedge section at the top) but plenty of them growing on grass verges on the  chalky parts of town (Mill Hill Drive/Erringham Road). The diminutive Field Speedwell was seen flowering in Shoreham .

12 March 2012
Under a blue sky and weak sunshine (14.6 °C) the Sweet Violets were flowering on Mill Hill. Cherry Plum Trees were in blossom. Alexanders were flowering, but I did not note when these were first seen. 
Adur Violets

29 February 2012
On the verges of the Waterworks Road in Old Shoreham, I noted a small clump of the first flowering Sweet Violets of the year. More Lesser Celandine was in flower in Lancing, so still only just over a dozen flowers were seen. 

The dead head of the Carline Thistle was seen (photograph on the right) on the northern part of the Pixie Path, adjacent to Frampton's Field.

Adur Thistles
 

23 February 2012
In Lancing I saw my first two Lesser Celandine flowers on a grass verge, visited by a Drone Fly, my first hoverfly of the year, as the sun shone briefly. On the verges by Lancing Manor there were no sign of the Lesser Celandine swathes in their usual place, just Dandelion flowers.

5 February 2012
In semi-wild conditions, I noted my first Snowdrops of the year just beginning to flower. 

10 January 2012
On the new wildlife verge of the the cyclepath by the Adur Riverside Industrial Park (disused) north of Ropetackle and the Railway Viaduct, one of the colonising plants seen in flower amongst the dead vegetation was the Mediterranean species known as Sweet Alyssum, Lobularia maritima, not recorded before on these Nature Notes
 


 

Wild Flower Reports 2011

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Wild Flowers 2008
Flora of Shoreham-by-Sea (List)


Parts of a Flower

Pollination Power

A Layman's Guide to British Wild Flowers

Botanical Latin

Wild Flower Society

List of the vascular plants of Britain and Ireland

Alphabetical LIst of British Wild Plants

Plant Glossary

Flower Terminology

Wild Flower Key



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Books
 

Comparative Plant Ecology (book)
Interactive Flora of the British Isles: DVD ROM


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