a flap on Widewater Lagoon.
Butterfly Flight Times
did a little bit of gardening this sunny afternoon, a Comma
Butterfly must have been hiding in a bush
I moved. It settled on the white house wall, in torpid state, it was easy
to encourage it to step on to a finger while I fetched a camera, not moving.
I think I might be able to claim first butterfly
of the year for Lancing.
Butterflies: First Dates
Butterfly List 2014
Mute Swan taking off
-11 January 2014
hyperboreus, with smaller immature Herring Gulls, Shoreham Beach
by Jan-Paul Charteris
Gull visited the Shoreham Harbour and
it was seen on the Shoreham
Fort and Southwick
Beach side at the entrance at different times. This
is a very
scarce winter visitor from the Arctic.
Gull scavenging a Dogfish on Shoreham Beach East
by John Stanton on
study Golden Willow
tree on an Old Erringham border between two pasture fields, finally succumbed
to the gales and heavy rain of the new year.
was right in the middle of the new Adur
Ferry Bridge when the the low flying clouds in mid-afternoon were illuminated
by a flash of lightning
followed immediately by one tremendous clap of thunder
and a second clap a few seconds later. I was nearly blown from my bicycle
by a gust of wind and battered by hailstones.
Out at sea it was rough, the waves were
foaming with white caps like just about a steady Gale
7 from the south-west, blowing diagonally
on to the shore. Grey clouds reached down to the sea and the swirling gust
conditions looked and it felt like a squall (or mini-tornado) might form.
The Shoreham Beach Weather
Station figures corresponded to my observations recording a steady
wind speed of 34 mph (Force 7) gusting to
62 mph (Force 10). An earlier gust of 66.8
mph (Force 11)
dusk the gale increased and Shoreham Beach Weather Station recorded steady
wind speeds of 45 mph (Gale Force 8) gusting
to 73.9 mph (Hurricane Force 12).
and 1:00 am, the high spring tide
of 6.7 metres plus
a storm surge of
metres was a possible flood risk that did
not materialise, although the wind assisted waves in the River
Adur estuary splashed on to Coronation
Green, in Shoreham.
New Year was heralded in by overcast and damp weather. It was not until
the early hours that the gales and heavy rain started mostly Gale
7 gusting to Storm Force 10, but on occasions
reaching Gale Force 8 gusting to Violent Storm
Force 11 according to the Shoreham
Beach Weather Station which recorded a gust of 66.4
mph (Force 11). The recorded wind speeds certainly
corresponded with the large trees swaying constantly in the wind and battered
by the rain.
Beach Weather Station
at Worthing (Video by Peter Weever)
Gulls glided in the wind under the fast
moving low flying grey clouds, the first birds seen this year as the rain
stopped in the afternoon. When the gales and
rain had died down a bit, I checked in the shed and recorded my first Small
Tortoiseshell Butterfly of the year, in diapause.
The first wild flower recorded in 2014
although a few Buttercups
were in flower in my front garden.
Beach Weather Station
Nature Notes 2012