The Holy Family Catholic Church Hall at Monks Farmhouse in North Road,
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ring Slide Show
(or the same one as before?) was seen in the entrance to Shoreham Harbour.
were seen in double figures for the first time this year: ten Peacock
Butterflies, three Comma
Butterflies and one Red
Admiral on Mill
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
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.
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
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
of the year was seen in flower.
Butterflies: First Dates
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
muralis, poked therir heads of the carnot
wall of the Old
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)
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.)
tadpoles have hatched in a Shoreham garden
by Sue Wright on facebook
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.
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).
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,
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.
Butterflies: First Dates
Nature Notes 2012