Lower Adur Valley, West Sussex

April 2016

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9 April 2016
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Venue: The Holy Family Catholic Church Hall at Monks Farmhouse in North Road, Lancing
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


25 April 2016

Oxford Ragwort on Shoreham Beach
Senecio squalidus

This immigrant Oxford Ragwort was not identfied until September 2016. Common Ragwort does not flower in April.
Adur Ragworts

20 April 2016
Dog Violets were scattered and abundant all over the lower slopes of Mill Hill and were visited by frequent (12+) Peacock Butterflies, but very littte else was spotted on the sunny afternoon. Five species of butterfly were seen including a Grizzled Skipper. On the Coombes Road (south of Cuckoo's Corner only), Garlic Mustard had started to flower. North of Ladywells on the same country road, the Elm hedges were budding in green leaf. 

14 April 2016
A long slinky Weasel was spotted on the edge of the Coombes Road verges near Ladywells. It is only for a second as it quick to to disappear amongst the long grass. This was only living thing of note on an afternoon when the Cowslips and Primroses were still in flower along the Steyning Line Cyclepath but no Coltsfoot. At least two Peacock Butterflies were spotted near Cuckoo's Corner. Moorhens were seen on Lancing College Pond. 

Lancing College Pond

SuckeredEnglish Elm was coming into leaf on the outskirts on verges and patches of wasteland. Leaves were not so forthcoming on mature trees. Pussy Willow catkins were still on the trees although they also littered the ground underneath the branches.

Ground Ivy
Allium ursinum

Ramsons (also called Wild Garlic), Allium ursinum, were spotted on the muddy verge of the Coombes Road, south of Cuckoo's Corner. The Sussex Plant Atlas includes the name Ramsons and is not shown as present in the Lower Adur Valley. It is not recorded in Flora of Shoreham-by-Sea (List).

12 April 2016
A Buzzard soared over the lower slopes of Mill Hill in the bright blue sky. On the ground, sliding through the undergrowth of Tor Grass and Brambles a young black Adder slithered into view. It was tricky to spot and half an hour or so later we were rewarded by the sighting of a silvery Adder with very attractive black triangular markings and shortly afterwards a different larger black Adder, but only for about five seconds before they were hidden. My first two Common Lizards of the year skitted over the area at the northern end of the the lower slopes that had been cleared of Privet bushes. These were my second and third species of reptile seen this year.

Five species of butterfly were seen on Mill Hill in the afternoon, frequent Peacocks, a handful of patrolling Brimstones, my first two Small Tortoiseshells of the year, a Small White, and last (at 2:15 pm) and certainly not least a handful of the first Grizzled Skippers of the year. All species visited the abundant Dog Violets.
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Adur Violets

8 April 2016

Blackthorn was in full flower at Cuckoo's Corner where Hawthorn was in substantial leaf and the leaves of Blackthorn had appeared. Blackthorn flowers appear before the leaves and the Hawthorn leaves appear before the flowers. Buff-tailed Bumblebees visited Green Alkanet at Cuckoo's Corner. 
Adur Trees (April 2016)

5 April 2016

Fluffy white Cumulus clouds sped across a blue sky and the sun shone briefly though the gaps. These brief spells encouraged butterflies to flutter around in search of nectar on an otherwise cool day (> 10.4°C). On the southern top part of Mill Hill, I spotted my first bright yellow Brimstone Butterfly of the year in the distance. On the violet scattered lower slopes pairs (7 in total) of Peacock Butterflies danced over the thorn, and were joined by my first Small White Butterfly of 2016. At the top of Chanctonbury Drive (SE of the bridge to Mill Hill) a damaged Red Admiral made an appearance and again this was a first of the year. It was joined by two further Brimstone Butterflies. A Comma Butterfly appeared on the verges of the Waterworks Road, Old Shoreham. It was probably the same butterfly seen six days before

Lesser Celandine, English Elm, Cowslips
Pussy Willow, Coltsfoot, Dog Violet

On the verges of the Steyning Line (Old Shoreham to Upper Beeding) the yellow flowers of Coltsfoot, Lesser Celandine and Cowslips were most noticeable. There was another Peacock Butterfly in the afternoon, bringing the day total of this colourful vanessid to at least nine. Bee-flies visited the catkins of Pussy Willow, but mostly high in the canopy. 
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