Lower Adur Valley, West Sussex

April 2020

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29 April 2020

Sea Urchin Fossil, Echinocorys sp., from Brooklands beach, east Worthing.

Photograph by June Bratton

Shoreham-by-Sea: Geology

A Common Seal was spotted swimming in the River Adur, between Henfield and Partridge Green, by Henfield jogger Sue and her dog Bailey on their morning run.

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27 April 2020
A Buzzard soared over the lower slopes of Mill HiIl, the accompanying Kestrel looking tiny in comparison. A Common Lizard skittered into shelter after basking on some young Brambles. 
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26 April 2020

Mute Swan Cygnet
Photograph by Sylvia Lemoniates  facebook

The last of the dozen Mute Swan cygnets at Lady Bee Marina, Southwick, before they were all predated upon by Magpies and Herring Gulls.

Dingy Skipper

Typically, a pristine Wall Brown Butterfly landed on the winding path through on the lower slopes of MiIl Hill, in the afternoon. It quickly fluttered away. I counted 28 Dingy Skippers but only the occasional Grizzled Skippers (8+), Brimstones and Green-veined Whites, just the one Small Heath, and three first of the year male Adonis Blues on the two-thirds acre transect walk. A Red Admiral fluttered over the Stinging Nettles at the top of the southern steps. 
Adur Butterfly List 2020

23 April 2020
With scarcely a cloud in the hazy blue sky, the sunshine made the butterflies very lively. 

Small Heath

On and around Mill Hill, eight species of butterflies and skippers were spotted including Grizzled Skippers, first of the year of four species: Holly Blues, Small Heaths, Dingy Skippers and a Small Copper
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Adur Thorn

20 April 2020
A Cuckoo was heard in the Bluebell wood at Spithandle Lane, Steyning.

 19 April 2020

Blue Tit Nesting Time
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Red Fox, lazing on a sunny afternoon
Elm Close, The Driveway, north Shoreham

The first Hawthorn of the year flowered on the verges of the footpath section of the Waterworks Road, Old Shoreham.
Adur Thorn
16 April 2020

Earlier than usual, the first Horseshoe Vetch, Hippocrepis comosa, appeared in flower on the lower slopes of Mill Hill

It is the exclusive food plant of the Chalkhill Blue and Adonis Blue Butterfly caterpillars.

14 April 2020
My allowed cycle exercise took me a trip up the Downs Link only as far as just south of the disused Cement Works (before the path narrows). The idea was to see the plentiful display of Cowslips that adorned the verges.


In the agricultural meadowlands between the Downs Link cyclepath and the River Adur, I was surprised by the fluttering and the flash of orange of a male Orange-tip Butterfly over the field (north of the Erringham Gap) where I had not seen one before. A few minutes later I spotted an all white female fluttering rapidly away.
Adur Butterfly List 2020

10 April 2020

Peregrine Falcons
Photograph by June Bratton

8 April 2020

In a splendid orange hue, the 99% Full Moon was huge in the eastern sky.

7 April 2020
Brimstone Butterflies were fluttering around, notably in St. Nicolas Lane, Old Shoreham. My first of the year male Orange-tip was unmistakable over the deserted Waterworks Road in the early afternoon. I was not completely sure about the three larger white butterflies that sparred with the Orange-tip? Almost certainly they were Green-veined Whites from a brief look and past experience.
Adur Butterfly List 2020

5 April 2020

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