Lower Adur Valley, West Sussex

January 2013

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27 January 2013
My first Red Fox of the year was seen crossing lower Kingston Lane about 11:00 pm, easily jumping up and over the flint wall on to the sports field of Shoreham Grammar School. 

23 January 2013
Very large Atlantic Cod, Gadus morhua, have been caught off the Sussex coast. A notable specimen fish landed by Dominic Camilleri of the South Coast Angling Club, based at Shoreham Harbour, weighed in at 18.5 kg (40 lb 12 oz). The English Channel is not usually noted for its Cod

BMLSS Report

21 January 2013
There was still some snow on the ground out of town and the downs were covered in a white carpet. Even on the beach there was snow to be seen above the high tide mark.

Brent Geese

Two black Brent Geese visited Widewater where a male Kestrel landed on the beach side of the car park near the bridge. A Meadow Pipit perched on a chestnut fence. At least one Teal swam on the lagoon. 
On the tidal pool to the west of Adur Recreation Ground, a small flock of Teals swam in the stream of water and ventured out to feed on the mudflats in the company of a few Dunlins, a few Mallards, two squabbling  Redshanks and just the one Lapwing

White Poplar

18 January 2013
Snow blew vertically in from the east (Force 4) during daylight. Around midday the snow was an inch (25 mm) deep on the cold ground in Shoreham with the air temperature only just below freezing. On the cyclepath north of Old Shoreham the depth of snow was measured at 60 mm. By late afternoon the snow eased off, turned to sleet and in town the snow turned to slush, but in the residential streets there was still snow on the pavements at dusk
Shoreham Weather 2013
Adur Trees 2013


At low tide on the River Adur the Dunlins were feeding much closer to the shore than usual.

17 January 2013
A small flock of about eight Long-tailed Tits were seen at the the top of a bare deciduous tree in St. Julian's Lane, Kingston Buci. 

16 January 2013
My first wild mammal of the year was a Grey Squirrel that leisurely crossed the top part of Crown Road in residential Shoreham. 

13 January 2013

The first natural colour of the new year

10 January 2013
We were amazed to see a Painted Lady Butterfly flying north past Shoreham Old Fort while out birding; our first butterfly of 2013

Report by Peter Gibbs on Sussex Butterfly Reports

The Traveller's Joy, Clematis,in the hedgreows north of Old Shoreham had long since (Winter 2012) turned to Old Man's Beard. There was still standing water in the saturated low level meadows.

Altogether the trip up the cyclepath looked so unpromising that I turned back before the Flyover. Very tiny midges (or midge-like insects) were in my face as I stopped to take a photograph. A Cormorant stood high on a pole. The House Sparrows were making a lot of noise in the hedgerows adjacent to the cyclepath south of Old Shoreham. 

9 January 2013
Redshanks still congregated three together on the edges of mud flats as the tide came in. A hundred strong flock of Lapwings roosted south of the Toll Bridge instead of their more usual position on the mud flats to the north of the Toll Bridge. 

7 January 2013


It was too muddy for the downs, but at least it was not raining after 2012 was the second wettest on record. At low tide on the River Adur estuary at Old Shoreham, there were just the usual Common Gulls, Black-headed Gulls, Herring Gulls, Lapwings  with occasional Greater Black-headed Gulls, Redshanks, Crows and one Little Egret

6 January 2013
My first wild flower of the year was a Meadow Buttercup in the wild part of my front garden next to the small pond. A Greater Periwinkle was in a garden close-by. 

5 January 2013
My first insect seen this year was a Blow-fly in the Co-op supermarket, Ham Road. 

3 January 2013
In Old Shoreham along the cylepath to Ropetackle, there was a cacophony of calls from flocks of Starlings and House Sparrows on an otherwise dull day. No Grey Squirrels were spotted in a passage journey past St Mary de Haura churchyard in central Shoreham. 

1 January 2013
A Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly was seen in flight in the afternoon sun at the south west corner of the Adur Recreation ground, Shoreham-by-Sea. 

Report by Steve Gilbert on Sussex Butterfly Reports

There were birds singing in the bushes as I cycled home from the Ship (PH) in Southwick after midnight. On awakening under the unusual sunshine there were large gulls in the sky seen in the distance from Corbyn Crescent, Shoreham. The first bird of the year was probably a Herring Gull, and then a gull flew overhead but as I only saw it from underneath I was not positive it was a Black-headed Gull. The first positive bird sighting was a Magpie on a chimney followed by Wood Pigeon on a fence in Corbyn Crescent, followed by a Pied Wagtail on Middle Road. Other bird species seen on my one hour cycle ride included a flock of Starlings and a Cormorant

January 2012 Reports
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Shoreham Weather 2013

Adur Nature Notes 2011

Butterfly List 2012
Flora of Shoreham-by-Sea
Shoreham and District Ornithological Society
Lancing Village

Shoreham Weather 2013

MultiMap Aerial Photograph of the Adur Levels and Downs

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