Lower Adur Valley, West Sussex

June 2010

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Small Blue Butterfly

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27 June 2010
My first Hedgehog of the year was discovered curled up by the kerb in Dolphin Road, Shoreham, about 11:00 pm on a Sunday evening. This was a very dangerous road for a Hedgehog to be during the week. 

25 June 2010
The first Narrow-bordered Five-spotted Burnet Moth of the year was spotted on a Creeping Thistle flower on the short path through the broken gate between the Coastal-Downs Link Cyclepath and the towpath on the bend of the River Adur. A unfamiliar yellow plant was discovered on the verges about 200 metres north of the Toll Bridge. This is a garden escape, the Dotted  Loosestrife, Lysimachia punctata.
Adur Burnet Moths
Adur Wild Flower Report

Beautiful Demoiselle22 June 2010
Two new impressive first of the years on a sunny midday with at least one Marbled White Butterfly fluttering energetically over the Spotted Orchid and Ox-eye Daisy meadow of the southern bank of the Slonk Hill Cutting, and a Beautiful Demoiselle, Calopteryx virgo, settled on vegetation at the top of Slonk Hill Farm Road on the south-west side of the bridge over the A27
Full Butterfly Report
Adur Butterflies: First Dates
Adur Damselflies 2010

21 June 2010
From a distance McIntyre's Field (north of Lancing Manor and the eastern part of Lancing Ring Nature Reserve) was covered in the yellow of Bird's Foot Trefoil, and close-up hundreds of of small moths and butterflies could be disturbed in the long grass meadow. The numbers were exceptional and included frequent Common Blue Butterflies of both genders, frequent Burnet Companion Moths, numerous Common Carpet Moths, and at least a dozen species that had to remain unidentified because of lack of time and knowledge. The much larger Meadow Brown Butterflies were also frequently seen. 
A male Broad-bodied Chaser (dragonfly), Libellula depressa, rose from a dry mud patch next to Lancing Ring dewpond and flew into the scrub where it hid. Two each of Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies and Large Skippers were seen in the path to the meadows by the Cemetery on the southern part of the Nature Reserve. 
Full Butterfly Report

20 June 2010

Burnet Moth on 
Tufted Vetch
Broad-bodied Chaser

On the southern bank of the Slonk Hill Cutting, hundreds of Spotted Orchids were in flower. On a day too cool for butterflies a female Broad-bodied Chaser cruised over an open part of the path that runs parallel with the dual carriageway at the top of the southern embankment of the the Slonk Hill Cutting, where the first Six-spotted Burnet Moth settled on the first Tufted Vetch noted in flower this year. 

Tawny Owl
Little Owl
Barn Owl

The South Downs Raptor Club had a display of captive owls at Buckingham Park, Shoreham which included the three British species.
Adur Dragonflies 2010
Adur Burnet Moths

18 June 2010
A Herring Gull managed to get its wing caught in a TV aerial in Gordon Avenue, Shoreham. 

On Mill Hill I spotted my first Meadow Brown Butterfly of the year amongst seven species on the day. New flowers appeared including the first Bee Orchids on the verge in Mill Hill Drive. 
Full Butterfly Report
Adur Butterflies: First Dates
Wild Flower List
Adur Orchids

13 June 2010
I spotted a Dark Green Fritillary on my BMS transect walk at Upper Beeding in the morning. Also a pristine Painted Lady.
These two were both firsts of the year for the local Adur area.

Report by Jim Steedman on Sussex Butterfly Reports
Adur Butterflies: First Dates

9 June 2010
Summer is nearly here! In the sunshine numerous (at least ten) wild plants were seen in flower for the first time this year.
Wild Flower List

In the meadow to the north of the upper car park on Mill Hill, Common Blue Butterflies flitted amongst the taller herbs and it was here that I spotted my first Large Skipper of the year. The twelve species of butterfly seen during the day omitted one or two common species that I could be expected to see if I looked for them. There were four medium-sized moths seen in the daytime. 
Full Butterfly Report
Adur Moths
Adur Skippers
Adur Butterflies: First Dates

8 June 2010
My first Cinnabar Mothof the year flitted amongst the grasses and herbs on the southern bank of Buckingham Cutting, north Shoreham, where about fifty Small Blue Butterflies were immediately seen in an area of five square metres in just two minutes. 

Small Blue Butterfly

Butterfly and Moth Report

7 June 2010
Shoreham Beach was profusely in flower with over a hundred swathes of Sea Kale and Red Valerian east of Ferry Road (that runs south from the Waterside Inn, south-east of the Footbridge). 

Sea Kale, Red Valerian and Thrift
Starry Clover

Silver Ragwort was budding but not flowering, but its silver leaves make it look more attractive before the flowers appear. There were lesser amounts of Common Poppy, Slender Thistle, Tree Mallow and Viper's Bugloss near the Old Fort where I stumbled over a small patch of Starry Clover in flower. 

5 June 2010

Adur World Oceans Day 2010

The tenth Adur World Oceans Day went well in the marquee on Coronation Green, by Shoreham footbridge at the High Street end on the opening Saturday of the Adur Festival. Len Nevell of the British Marine Life Study Society was there with the usual exhibition of lobsters and crabs. 
World Oceans Day on Facebook

"The aim of the event is to introduce the young visitors to the world of the 
sea and seashore, an opportunity they may not get. It is an educational 
event with an opportunity for children to participate in the interactive 

Quote by Andy Horton (British Marine Life Study Society)

4 June 2010
Swallows and Mullet: a few Swallows flew over Dolphin Road, Shoreham on a warm day as I ferried the equipment to Adur World Oceans Day and a shoal of half a dozen Grey Mullet were spotted in the shallows as the tide came in by Coronation Green in Shoreham town centre by the River Adur

3 June 2010
There were thousands of Moon Jellyfish, Aurelia aurelia, in the Shoreham Harbour canal section with hundreds of different sizes seen from the lock gates. 


June 2009

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