NATURE NOTES      2011
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March 2011


Reports by Andy Horton from personal observation unless otherwise indicated
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 Common Gulls
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2 April 2011
Friends of Lancing Ring
Coffee Morning & AGM
Venue: The Holy Family Catholic Church Hall at Monks Farmhouse in North Road, Lancing
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lancing Ring Slide Show (by Ray Hamblett)


29 March 2011
A careful examination of the Pancalia micro-moths on the lower slopes of Mill Hill revealed some (17) to be the Scarce Violet Cosmet, Pancalia schwarzella, (ID confirmed by Tony Davis, and the first Sussex records since 1931) rather than the common species Violet Cosmet, Pancalia leuwenhoekella. The latter species has a white band on its antennae. 
I also found a nationally tiny (10 mm) scarce carabid beetle Licinus depressus which has specially adapted jaws to feed on snails. 

25 March 2011
At least 22 scarce Barred Tooth-stripe Moths, Trichopteryx polycommata, were spotted on Privet on Mill Hill

Report by Dave and Penny Green and Judith and Jim Steedman on Sussex Butterflies
Full Report

Wall Lizard23 March 2011
A half a dozen adult Wall Lizards, Podarcis muralis, skittered rapidly over the south-facing flint wall of the Old Fort, Shoreham Beach, in the weak sunshine. They were my first reptiles seen this year. 

22 March 2011
It was my second butterfly sighting of the year but I suspect that the Peacock Butterfly at the footpath entrance to the Waterworks Road by the Steyning Road was the same one seen two days ago. A minute later a Comma Butterfly was seen at rest on the verge of the Waterworks Road. With a spell of sunshine I visited Mill Hill for the first time since January. A Brimstone Butterfly flew rapidly over the shorn southern part of Mill Hill Nature Reserve and over the lower slopes before disturbing another Peacock Butterfly on a Sweet Violet.  The first Bee-fly of the year was seen on the southern steps to the lower slopes covered in abundant Sweet Violets visited by a few Honey Bees and occasional Peacock and Brimstone Butterflies. At least one faded Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly was spotted over the slopes cleared of Privet by the conservation volunteers. 
Adur Butterfly List 2011
Adur Butterfly Flight Times

20 March 2011
A spell of brief sunshine brought a Peacock Butterfly out of hibernation, flighty and in good condition, my first butterfly of the year visited Sweet Violets on the verges of the Waterworks Road, Old Shoreham. I also recorded my first beetle, a very small Paederus littoralis seen under a plastic cap on southern bank of the Mill Hill Cutting, with a slightly larger small spider of the genus Pardosa (probably). A few Queen Buff-tailed Bumblebees were seen on the outskirts of Shoreham. 
Adur Butterfly List 2011
Adur Butterflies: First Dates
Bumblebees 2011

Later, in the early evening, I recorded by first wild fish of the year a 5-Bearded Rockling on the kelp-covered shore by Brooklands, west Lancing, plus my first crab, a very small Velvet Swimming Crab.
Full Report

A Brimstone Butterfly was seen on Lancing Ring.

 Brimstone Report by Friends of Lancing Ring

17 March 2011

A Common Seal, Phoca vitulina, ventured up the River Adur as far as just north of Cuckoo's Corner and rested on a sandbank. This unusual sighting occurred in 2009 (in October) as well. 
Report and Photograph by Sarah Reeve on Facebook

8 March 2011
My first butterfly of the year was a Comma found basking on a warm south facing fence in south Lancing. 

Report by Jan Hamblett on the Lancing Villager.
Adur Butterfly List 2011
Adur Butterflies: First Dates

4/5 March 2011
The second clump of frog spawn of the year was noted in my tiny garden pond in Corbyn Crescent, Shoreham. 

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