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14 June 2014
Adur World Oceans Day
World Oceans Day was first declared as 8th June at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.
Events occurred all around the world on and around this day.

Adur was one of the UK leaders in presenting the fifteenth environmental exhibition of World Oceans Day on Coronation Green, Shoreham-by-Sea. The British Marine Life Study Society presented the usual exhibition of lobsters and crabs. The Friends of Shoreham Beach (FOSB) took an active role with their display of the wonders of Shoreham Beach. Wildlife writer Steve Savage presented the whale and dolphin exhibition. Nikki Hills on behalf of the Sussex Wildlife Trust produced an interactive display on the sea and seashore for the younger age group.  Exhibitors are available to find the time to answer questions about marine life.
Other participants will include Southwick Camera Club with an exhibition of seascapes and marine life, and Shoreham Sea Scouts

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8 December 2014

ATundra Bean Goose, Anser fabalis rossicus, made an unusual and surprise visit to the lower Adur Valley and was spotted on the river near Cuckoo's Corner on the Coombes Road, (which is on the western bank of the River Adur north of Lancing and a short trek along the towpath from Shoreham). The large bird was feeding on a high spring tide amongst the Sea Purslane before being disturbed and flying off. 
This Bean Goose is a very scarce visitor (Winter Visitor, Passage Migrant) to Sussex. It breeds in north Scandinavia, north Russia and north Asia, and visits East Anglia in small numbers in autumn and winter. 

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5 October 2014
Throughout the year, gulls congregate on the mud flats of the River Adur at the middle to low tides, north of the Railway Viaduct. Amongst the throng of hundreds of gulls, one with a white head and long flapping wings, was positively identified as a visiting Caspian Gull, Larus cachinnans, a very scarce (or under-recorded) gull in Sussex and Britain. 

8 September 2014

Lesser Spotted Dogfish
A large ripple followed by a dark grey shape was a Common Seal underneath the Adur Ferry Bridge just after the low spring tide had turned. It did not surface so its identity was not confirmed but there was a commotion in the shallow water caused by a single animal. 
On a warm September afternoon a rockpooling trip to Worthing Pier was distinguished by a Mermaid's Purse washed up against the pier supports, that contained a live shark (Lesser Spotted Dogfish) that was released from its purse and placed in a small aquarium.
Rockpooling Report

28 August 2014

Photograph by Gary Levett on facebook

This magnificent bird of prey was spotted at Beeding Brooks.

23 August 2014

Autumn Berries

5 August 2014
In the morning I watched the maiden flight of several Adonis Blue males at Mill Hill. They perched on the abundant stems of Yellow Wort while drying their wings, occasionally discharging meconium fluid before heading off to patrol the slopes in search of virgin females, the first few of which are now out. Amongst the many other species present I was pleased to see a Silver-spotted Skipper, this being only the second specimen recorded on the hill. The previous evening my father found a full-grown Privet Hawkmoth caterpillar here.

Report by Neil Hulme on Sussex Butterflies

Nymphon "Sea Spider" (=Pycnogonid)
Common Toad

Seventy five young rockpoolers descended on to the Shoreham Fort outer River Adur estuary beach for the annual Friends of Shoreham Beach Rockpooling Day and scooped up the usual prawns and crabs into temporary aquaria provided. Pride of place of discovery went to an adult Rock Goby, Gobius paganellus, and a scarce miniature pycnogonid or sea spider to be identified. It was one of the slender Nymphonidae species that does not appear to have a body of any consequence. It might be one of the two Nymphon species found in British seas. Other notable finds included one young Rock Goby and some adult but small Common Gobies, Pomatoschistus microps, with a sandy coloured body to match the mud and sand shallow pools from where they were captured as the tide receded. But even the Common Gobies looked huge in comparison to the sea spider.

A Common Toad was discovered near Shoreham Fort.
Adur Coastal Reports 2014

31 July 2014

Garden Tiger Moth

Hornet Robber Fly
Asilus crabroniformis
Southern Hawker
Dragonfly nymph

On a slightly cooler summer's day, a short detour to the outskirts of north Shoreham was rewarded with my first Brown Argus Butterfly of the year, two Small Blue Butterflies not seen the previous day, my first Hornet Robber Fly  of the year, a Southern Hawker (dragonfly), and a total of ten species of butterflies in as many minutes. The damaged Garden Tiger Moth found on my front path last night was released into my damp front garden. It crawled into the undergrowth rather than flying away. 
Adur Butterflies: First Dates
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Difference between Brown Argus and female Common Blues
30 July 2014

Adonis Blue
Meadow Brown

An afternoon circular trip over Mill Hill produced 18 different species of butterfly, including a restless 69 male Chalkhill Blues, the first of the second brood Adonis Blues, at least three immigrant Clouded Yellows, a few vanessids visiting Hemp Agrimony, ubiquitous Meadow Browns, very frequent Gatekeepers, six Wall Browns, occasional Marbled Whites and other resident species expected on chalk downs in summer.
Full Butterfly Report

21 July 2014
After the thunder and rain deluges (a weather front from the south), I was curious to see what life was out on the downs and about in the humid sunshine on an overcast muggy afternoon. 

An amble up to Mill Hill produced upwards of 250 butterflies and included thirteen different species in as many minutes. The total personal species tally was 17 species including a first of the year Dark Green Fritillary, a fresh Wall Brown, my first two immigrant Clouded Yellows, a second brood Dingy Skipper, and about a hundred Chalkhill Blues (a week before they are due to peak). Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns. and Marbled Whites were all ubiquitous on the lower slopes of Mill Hill. Less than frequent (lower slopes only, recorded in single figures) were Speckled Woods, Large Whites, Small Heaths, Common Blues, Brimstones, Red Admirals, Small Tortoiseshells, Peacocks and Small Skippers. My first of year teneral Common Darter (dragonfly) landed in front of me. As I was about to go home I spotted a blue Southern Hawker patrolling the unruly hedge at the bottom of the lower slopes.
Adur Butterflies: First Dates
Full Butterfly & Moth Report

7 July 2014
Chalkhill Blue Butterflies were seen for the first time this year and eight were seen in the one acre transect on Mill Hill, which indicates the first one was probably in flight a few days ago. They were early this year. 

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After the paucity of butterflies that often occurs in late June, there were fresh butterflies on the wing were very frequently seen on the downs with Marbled Whites leading the way with at least 71 seen, but there were as many of both Meadow Browns and Gatekeepers of the ten species seen in an hour. 
Adur Butterflies: First Dates
Full Butterfly & Moth Report

29 June 2014

Two Bar-tailed Godwits arrived on the muddy margins of the River Adur (opposite the Airport, near the Toll Bridge) just before midday as the tide came in. 

June 2014

5 May 2014

On a hazy slightly humid day, I was surprised by the fluttering of a pale blue butterfly. When it settled on the abundant Horseshoe Vetch, Hippocrepis comosa, on the lower slopes of Mill Hill, I was able to identify it as my first male Common Blue of the year. Less than a minute later another blue butterfly appeared at the northern end of the lower slopes and this settled as well and I could see it was my first male Adonis Blue of the year. Later I was to spot a female Common Blue and another male Adonis Blue. Other butterflies were only occasionally seen with about eight Dingy Skippers, four Brimstones, at least one Small White and a Wall Brown on the lower part of Mill Hill. 
The records show this was my earliest ever record for a Common Blue. These were probably the first records in England of the Adonis Blue for this year. 
Adur Butterflies: First Dates
Butterfly Report

10 April 2014
A trip to Mill Hill in the afternoon (3:30 pm) sunshine was rewarded with the sight of a Stoat slinking along a footpath, (north of the Reservoir) on the upper part of the hill, with a young Rabbit in its mouth. I only got a quick but clear look of about three seconds, but the Stoat looked like it had a white stripe down its length, but I think this was just its white underbelly. The small size of its prey made me think it was only a young Rabbit.

Red Admiral
Green-veined White

I recorded nine butterfly species in the afternoon including four first of the year species: Green-veined Whites, the expected Speckled Woods, an early Holly Blue and the magnificent Brimstones
Butterfly Report
Adur Butterflies: First Dates

13 March 2014

On the lower slopes of Mill Hill, I recorded my very first Easter Fox Spider, Alopecosa barbipes.
Adur Spiders

7 March 2014

Harbour Porpoise
Photograph by Louisa De-Ville on facebook

A Harbour Porpoise, Phocoena phocoena, was washed ashore dead on Kingston Beach at the entrance to Shoreham Harbour

Report by Louisa De-Ville on facebook
BMLSS Cetaceans
Whales & Porpoises in British Seas

6 March 2014
In finally managed a positive sighting of two Purple Sandpipers on the southern wooden arm near Shoreham Fort. I positively identified the specks in the distance through a scope and they were clearly different from three Turnstones by their pale yellow legs and different bills. 

3 March 2014
A very large Cod from the shore of 4.36 kg (9 lb 10 oz) caught from Shoreham Harbour arm, West Sussex, was exceptional in itself, but what was even more surprising is that it had swallowed a plastic bottle. Angler Andy Sinclair discovered the bottle after gutting the fish at home.


13 February 2014
After the storms, the sun made a brief occurrence in the early afternoon, enough for a Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly to awake from its diapause and flutter around a white van at the eastern end of the High Street, Shoreham. 
This is my first butterfly in flight for 2014
Adur Butterfly Flight Times

10 -11 January 2014

Glaucous Gull, Larus hyperboreus, with smaller immature Herring Gulls, Shoreham Beach East
Photograph by Jan-Paul Charteris on facebook

A Glaucous Gull visited the Shoreham Harbour and it was seen on the Shoreham Fort and Southwick Beach side at the entrance at different times. This large gull is a very scarce winter visitor from the Arctic. 

3 January 2014

Sea on 3 January 2014

I was right in the middle of the new Adur Ferry Bridge when the the low flying clouds in mid-afternoon were illuminated by a flash of lightning followed immediately by one tremendous clap of thunder and a second clap a few seconds later. I was nearly blown from my bicycle by a gust of wind and battered by hailstones. Out at sea it was rough, the waves were foaming with white caps like just about a steady Gale Force 7 from the south-west, blowing diagonally on to the shore. Grey clouds reached down to the sea and the swirling gust conditions looked and it felt like a squall (or mini-tornado) might form. The Shoreham Beach Weather Station figures corresponded to my observations recording a steady wind speed of 34 mph (Force 7) gusting to 62 mph (Force 10). An earlier gust of 66.8 mph (Force 11) was recorded.

1 January 2014
The New Year was heralded in by overcast and damp weather. It was not until the early hours that the gales and heavy rain started mostly Gale Force 7 gusting to Storm Force 10, but on occasions reaching Gale Force 8 gusting to Hurricane Force 11 according to the Shoreham Beach Weather Station which recorded a gust of 66.4 mph (Force 11). The recorded wind speeds certainly corresponded with the large trees swaying constantly in the wind and battered by the rain. 
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