Lower Adur Valley, West Sussex

July 2020

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30 July 2020
A very unusual Silver-washed Fritillary was spotted on Buddleia by the River Adur near Botolphs.

It was unusual because this is a woodland butterfly.

29 July 2020

Chalkhill Blue

Under a clear blue sky, butterflies were frequently seen on a hazy afternoon. This was to be expected and nowhere near a good day. There were ten species on Mill Hill

24 July 2020
A Peregrine caught a Starling over Mill Hill.

22 July 2020

Chalkhill Blue with Small Scabious
Lower slopes of Mill Hill

Down the southern steps past the Wayfaring Tree on to the lower slopes of Mill Hill where a "helice" Clouded Yellow Butterfly was seen very quickly, but not for long as it fluttered rapidly between nectar plants, almost exclusively Wild Basil. Widespread and frequently seen, at least thirty male Chalkhill Blues were very lively, like all the butterflies in the sunshine, including a few male Adonis Blues, more male Common Blues, Gatekeepers and Meadow Brown Butterflies, one Brimstone Butterfly and Six-spotted Burnet Moths.
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20 July 2020
Muntjac Deer was spotted running loose in Underdown Road, Southwick. It was captured by Sompting Wildlife Rescue.

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19 July 2020

Hares from the Bostal Road (Steyning to Sompting)
Photograph by Jo Parsons
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18 July 2020

Peregrine Falcon over Truleigh Hill
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Tim Holter: The streaking on the breast identifies this as a juvenile Peregrine Falcon. Adults are barred.

17 July 2020

Comet Neowise from Truleigh Hill at about 11:00 pm
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15 July 2020
Paddle boarders shared the sea with a pod of half a dozen Dolphins a kilometre off Shoreham.

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13 July 2020
At last, the first Chalkhill Blue Butterfly of the year was spotted on the lower slopes of Mill Hill. It was one of a few males seen in the late afternoon, accompanied by frequent male Gatekeepers, occasional Meadow Browns, male Adonis Blues and male Common Blues, occasional Marbled Whites, a few Small Whites, one lively Peacock Butterfly, one Wall Brown and a few Six-spotted Burnet Moths.

Chalkhill Blue Butterfly

Chalkhill Blue Butterfly

At the top of the southern steps down to the lower slopes a worn Dark Green Fritillary visited flowering Teasel.

12 July 2020
Another Common Seal was spotted on Kingston Beach

11 July 2020
A Sparrowhawk obligingly stayed on the bow of Houseboat 'Thanet' long enough for me to get some photos.

10 July 2020
All three Stork chicks had left the nest at Knepp this morning, and were foraging close to the nest tree. They all looked in very good condition and appeared very tolerant of us humans. At one point we also saw seven adult Storks using the thermals to gain height, spiralling out of sight.

9 July 2020
One of the Stork chicks at the Knepp Estate left the nest. This is the first Stork to have fledged in the wild in Britain in 600 years.

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6 July 2020

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New Erringham Downs

Summer had just about arrived on a cloudy late afternoon on the lower slopes of Mill Hill, with my first of the year Small Purple-barred Moth, Phytometra viridaria, and a Six-spotted Burnet Moth, and my first of the year Marbled Whites (3) and Gatekeeper butterflies. I also spotted my first Cinnabar Moth caterpillar on Common Ragwort. Occasionally I disturbed Meadow Brown Butterflies and a Treble-bar Moth. More active fluttering about were a few Large White Butterflies and a brightly coloured Peacock Butterfly. Then to my intense surprise a fluttering bright blue butterfly settled and it was confirmed as a good condition male Adonis Blue. This must be a second brood and it is three weeks earlier than in 2019. There were scores of bright green grasshoppers amongst the short vegetation.

Small Skipper

As befitting summer, Greater Knapweed was flowering on the southern upper part of Mill Hill, but there were hundreds of heads yet to open. A Red Admiral settled with its wings closed out of camera range. Another first of the year was a Small Skipper in amongst the long grasses. A Kite-tailed Robberfly, Tolmerus atricapillus, waited in ambush on the southern steps.
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2 July 2020
The languid flight of the first of the year Ringlet Butterfly fluttered over the Downs Link Cyclepath verges, midway between Erringham Gap and the Cement Works, on a cool cloudy afternoon. A Red Admiral was spotted with its wings closed at the same time.

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Rosebay Willowherb, Wild Basil, Marjoram
Self-heal, Buddleia, Teasel, Lesser Burdock
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