Lower Adur Valley, West Sussex

February 2014

Shoreham-by-Sea Homepage
Downs north of Shoreham and the Adur Valley (map)
Link to web pages: Lancing Nature Gallery
Met Office
Shoreham Weather
Beaufort Scale

EasyTide (Shoreham)

Shoreham Beach 
Weather Station

 Lancing Nature Blogspot
 Lancing Ring
Link to the Adur 2012 Nature Notes pages
Friends of Lancing Ring
Link to the Adur Festival web pages
 World Oceans Day 2012
 Multi-Map (Bird's Eye View) 
 of Mill Hill
Friends of Shoreham Beach
Link to the Mill Hill web page for 2011

Local Speakers


British Dragonfly Society Link
Link to the Shoreham-by-Sea Community page

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British Marine Life Study Society
Hulkesmouth Publishing Company
 Sussex Ornithological
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 Seashore Quiz


Adur Damselflies and Dragonflies web page
 Seaquest SW (Cornwall
 Wildlife Trust web pages)
Ecological Database of the British Isles 
 World Oceans Day
Link to Lancing Nature Notes Blogspot
Lancing Blogspot
 Sussex Wildlife Web Sites
Shoreham-by-Sea Homepage
Link to the Sussex Bat Group web pages
Andy Horton
RX (Rye) Wildlife
Fungi of Lancing
Fungi of Shoreham
Adur Fruiting Bodies Database
Lancing Fungi Gallery (by Ray Hamblett)
Fungi of the British Isles (Yahoo Group)
Lancing Clump Supplementary
Autumn 2004 
Fungi of Mill Hill
Fungi Images on the Web (Index)
Adur Butterfly Blog
Adur Wild Flower Blog
Adur Insect Links:

Solitary Bees
Adur Bees, Wasps & Sawflies
Grasshoppers & Crickets
Damselflies & Dragonflies




Reports by Andy Horton from personal observation unless otherwise indicated
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2014  Regional

Adur Coastal & Marine
Adur Estuary & Levels
Mill Hill & the Downs
Urban Reports
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27 February 2014

Amorous Frogs and spawn in Lancing
Photograph by Ray Hamblett
on Wildlife of Lancing, Sompting & Surrounds facebook

23 February 2014

Mediterranean Gull
Little Gull

Slavonian Grebe
Photographs by Jan-Paul Charteris on facebook

After the storms had died down, two scarce visitors like the Mediterranean Gull and the Little Gull were notable sightings at Brooklands Boating Lake, east Worthing. The Slavonian Grebe was a more distinctive discovery. This bird was a scarce winter visitor and passage migrant to Sussex and was seen on the Southwick canal part of Shoreham Harbour

Report by Jan-Paul Charteris on facebook

18 February 2014

Mermaid's Purses, Cuttlebones, and Whelk egg cases on Lignite
Carrion Crow

The strandline was littered with marine debris after the recent storms.

The first Frog spawn of the year was spotted in my garden pond in Shoreham. 

Frog Spawn Report by Jan Finch on facebook

14 February 2014
The inclement weather returned with continual rain (not heavy) throughout the day and a steady Gale Force 7 to Storm Force 10 in the evening. Shoreham Beach Weather Station recorded a maximum gust of 78.8 mph (Hurricane Force 12). The southerly wind, steady to Gale Force 10 (58.9 mph), was fluctuating with the gusts making cycling almost impossible (and I declined this). 

13 February 2014 


After the storms, the sun made a brief occurrence in the early afternoon, enough for a Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly to awake from its diapause and flutter around a white van at the eastern end of the High Street, Shoreham. 
This is my first butterfly in flight for 2014
Adur Butterfly Flight Times
Adur Butterflies: First Dates

A dead Lumpsucker, Cyclopterus lumpus, was discovered washed up on Lancing Beach

Adur Coastal Reports
BMLSS Strandline/Beachcombing
10 February 2014
Hundreds of very small Goose Barnacles, Lepas anatifera, were discovered on a fish box on Shoreham Beach
BMLSS Barnacles
I only saw one sawbill duck on Widewater. It was a Goosander as confirmed by the photograph and not the more familiar Red-breasted Merganser.

7 February 2014

Glaucous Gull, Larus hyperboreus, Shoreham Beach East
Photograph by Jan-Paul Charteris on facebook

The 1st winter Glaucous Gull was again at the far eastern end of Southwick Canal round the trawlers this afternoon until 3.50 pm when it flew west. It showed down to about two metres feeding on scraps from the 'Fish' shop. At one stage it was grabbed by the scruff of the neck by a young Great Black-backed Gull which then attempted to submerge it! Earlier however it had stolen a fish from a Cormorant. Also a Kittiwake there and two Peregrine Falcons on the power station chimney.

Report by Bridget James on Sussex Ornithological Society News


January 2014 Reports

Shoreham Weather 2014

EasyTide (Shoreham)

Shoreham Beach Weather Station

Adur Nature Notes 2012

Butterfly List 2014
Flora of Shoreham-by-Sea
Shoreham and District Ornithological Society
Sussex Ornithological Society News
Lancing Village

MultiMap Aerial Photograph of the Adur Levels and Downs

Urban Wildlife Webring

Link to the Adur 2012 Nature Notes pagesLink to the Adur Nature Notes 2011 web pagesLink to the Adur 2010 Nature Notes pages
Link to the Adur Nature Notes 2009 web pagesLink to the Adur Nature Notes 2008 web pagesLink to the Adur Nature Notes 2007 web pages
Link to Adur Nature Notes 2005  Index pageLink to the Adur Nature Notes 2006 web pagesLink to the Adur Nature Notes 2004 Index page
Link to Adur Valley Nature Notes 2003Latest Nature Notes and Index page 2002
Mill Hill, north of Shoreham


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