Butterfly List 2007
probable Red Admiral Butterfly was
seen flying in a warm sheltered area of South Lancing.
Butterfly Flight Times
a late afternoon passage trip by Widewater
Lagoon I spotted a couple of
one male with the darker head and red breast by the bridge and a female
in the bushes near the Tamarisk island.
- 23 December 2007
Auk is photographed in Shoreham Harbour
Falcon flew over Shoreham
Harbour from north-west of the Power Station and circuited the whole
building before landing
on its nest box hidden from view on the south side of the chimney.
- 23 December 2007
Wildlife (including Shoreham Harbour Canal)
winter male Glaucous Gull was regularly
seen in Shoreham Harbour around the numerous
fishing vessels and originally discovered by Paul
The temperature was recorded
-2 ºC at 8:00
am, the lowest
temperature so far this millennium.
Frost was present on sheltered
areas for the whole of the day. The temperature fell to
ºC at 7:00
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McIntyres Field, east of Lancing Ring,
a Mistle Thrush took
control of the territory at the intersection of the mowed pathways. A familiar
sight at this time of year and possibly a migrant from Scandinavia or Northern
Europe, it is not seen during the summer.
Downs Conservation Board reintroduce cattle
gazing with a few beef cattle on the upper slopes of Mill
Hill. This is detrimental to the
flora, possibly serious damaging and confers
no advantages. The cattle were seen from the Adur
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couple of Long-tailed Tits
visited my south Lancing town garden. Blackbirds
were the principal feeders on the remaining Hawthorn
berries on the large tree at the bottom of
a garden stone bird table and took a sip of the collected water in the
gardens at the junction of Middle Road and St. Julian's Lane in Kingston
Buci in east Shoreham.
the afternoon the sky was filled with distinctive autocumulus
Blewit, Lepista nuda,
was recorded from the ridge of Mill Hill,
the first time this mushroom as been recorded from Mill
Hill Nature Reserve.
Mergansers paddled on the surface of a
flooded Widewater Lagoon, one pair and
another male with five drakes. At least one Little
Grebe dived under the water at the shallow
part of the western end. An expected Little
Egret stood waiting my the inlet pipe
on a high spring tide.
was extremely disappointed to discover that the extreme southern end of
the Downs Link Cyclepath had been trashed
for its wildlife interest (the railway company
had previous sold off the land at auction to a private owner).
area has featured frequently on Adur Nature Notes
and it was noteworthy for Brown Argus
and Common Blue
Butterflies with Grass Snakes occasionally
recorded in the vicinity. The Small Blue
Butterfly was recorded here on at least
one occasion, only one of two locations in Shoreham where it has been seen
and at least one Large Skipper,
Butterflies, Comma, Clouded Yellows, Large
Whites, Small Whites, Green-veined Whites
and Speckled Woods
were regularly seen during their flight periods. It was only known area
in Shoreham and the downs north of the town
where Wild Marjoram grew
in profusion. Wild Marjoram
is an important nectar plant for
Thyme, Hemp Agrimony, Fleabane,
Meadow Vetchling, Bird's Foot Trefoil and
Vetch also grew there.
area also attracted most of the local damselflies
during their flight season.
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Butterfly List 2007
Butterfly Notes on Local Species & Habitats
first Wood Blewit, Lepista nuda,
seen this autumn was spotted on the wood chippings on Ropetackle in Shoreham
by the River Adur.
may be a Field Blewits, Lepista
the strandline of Shoreham Beach, I discovered
an intact shell (=test) of the Purple-tipped
Shore Urchin, Psammechinus miliaris,
on the strandline. Discoveries are unusual
because this urchin is scarce intertidally
and because the test is very fragile and gets quickly bashed to bits. The
sharp spines had all broken off.
of over 30 Goldfinches
that flew into a single bare Hawthorn on Adur Recreation Ground (near the
Viaduct) was larger than normal (usually the chirms are about 20 strong).
hovered over the Sea
Purslane at low tide
south of Old Shoreham Tollbridge
and then descended. The target prey was not determined. On the estuarine
there were over a hundred mixed gulls
and frequent Lapwings.
five hoverflies of three species visited
the Ivy on the Pixie Path to Mill Hill.
the mid-morning sun cast long shadows, there was little to be seen moving
on the downs. Two
species of mushrooms included a few Pale
pratensis var pallida were discovered
on the exposed upper slopes of Mill
Hill where the grasses were short like
bowling green turf.
shrieks of mating Foxes
alerted me to their presence at around 3:00
am in the morning. On looking out into
the moonlit darkness we could see that our front garden in North Farm Road,
Lancing, was the focus of activity.