Lower Adur Valley   West Sussex

April 2013

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Reports by Andy Horton from personal observation unless otherwise indicated
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2013  Regional

Adur Coastal & Marine
Adur Estuary & Levels
Mill Hill & the Downs
Urban Reports


6 April 2013
Friends of Lancing Ring
Coffee Morning 
Venue: The Holy Family Catholic Church Hall at Monks Farmhouse in North Road, Lancing
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lancing Ring Slide Show


21 April 2013
Another Dolphin (or the same one as before?) was seen in the entrance to Shoreham Harbour. 

Previous Report

Butterflies were seen in double figures for the first time this year: ten Peacock Butterflies, three Comma Butterflies  and one Red Admiral on Mill Hill
Butterfly List 2013

19 April 2013
My first confirmed hoverfly of the year was a Drone Fly, Eristalis, but I have missed a few in the last week. Over the Curlews (a close in Shoreham near Hamm Road Allotments) I spotted a white butterfly fluttering in the distance and it was almost certainly a Small White Butterfly

15 April 2013
A second day of weak sunshine and a few insects were buzzing around: frequent Buff-tailed Bumblebees on the outskirts of Old Shoreham, my first Common Bee-fly was seen on the Waterworks Road with the fast fluttering of three butterflies. When one of them finally settled, they were recognised as the first Comma Butterflies seen this year over the Waterworks Road. (The footpath was still fenced off). These will be new emergences.

Common Bee-fly
Peacock Butterfly

On the cyclepath south of the Toll Bridge another butterfly flew rapidly in the breeze. This settled as well and was discovered to be a Peacock Butterfly which would have come out of winter hibernation. In the afternoon, three Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies were seen over the Middle Road Allotments from the track that runs along the western boundary. The first Blackthorn of the year was seen in flower
Butterfly List 2013
Adur Butterflies: First Dates

14 April 2013

Bathed by a weak sunshine and the welcome signs of a long awaited spring with my first Swallow flying low over the Adur mud flats seen from the southern end of the old Footbridge. Later two adult Wall Lizards, Podarcis muralis, poked therir heads of the carnot wall of the Old Fort, Shoreham Beach.. They were a bit tentative and skittered back into their holes in the wall when they got nervous, but the second lizard popped back out again about ten seconds later. The west facing wall was heated by the sun (at 13.0 °C)
The air temperature reached a high of 16.1 °C at 4:00 pm. This was easily the highest of the year so far. (This reading seems like an anomaly.) 
Shoreham Weather 2013
Met Office: Shoreham

7 April 2013
Frog tadpoles have hatched in a Shoreham garden pond.

Report by Sue Wright on facebook

6 April 2013
In the morning the sky was blue, the temperature was 8° C and I found two Adders at Mill Hill. Afterwards I visited Woods Mill, the Sussex Wildlife Trust Reserve and HQ where Snowdrops were still in flower. 

2 April 2013
For just a few minutes I felt he brief and weak warmth of the sun from between the white clouds, as I was battered by a chill north-east breeze (Force 5 gusting to Force 6). 

Field Speedwell 
 Lesser Celandine
Common Mouse-ear 

A few spring flowers were noted for the first time. And I spotted only my second butterfly of the year, a slightly tatty Small Tortoiseshell on Stinging Nettles on the path to the west of Middle Road Allotments, Shoreham.
A Sparrowhawk swooped between the houses in Dolphin Road and Corbyn Crescent, Shoreham, the first conifrmed sighting my me of this bird of prey in my home road. 
Butterfly List 2013
Adur Butterflies: First Dates

Shoreham Weather 2013

April 2012 Reports

Adur Flowers 2013

Adur Nature Notes 2012

Butterfly List 2013
Flora of Shoreham-by-Sea
Shoreham and District Ornithological Society
Lancing Village

Shoreham Weather 2013

MultiMap Aerial Photograph of the Adur Levels and Downs

Urban Wildlife Webring


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