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March 2013

Snow blown around on Mill Hill
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2013  Regional

Mill Hill, looking south

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6 April 2013
Friends of Lancing Ring
Coffee Morning 
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

Coltsfoot 20 March 2013
A few flowers of Lesser Celandine were spotted on the western verge of the Steyning Road just north of the last house in Old Shoreham. 

19 March 2013
Coltsfoot (illustrated on the left) is often the first sign of colour in spring. A very small specimen flowered on the eastern shore underneath the Railway Viaduct. Dandelions were also flowering on verges. 

16 March 2013
The fields between Worthing and Sompting are wetter than we've ever seen them and the livestock are helping to make it into an interesting wetland. This morning's haul of Heron, 6+ Moorhens, two Little Egrets and nine Mallards was pretty standard fare, but the discovery of two Water Rails was a new bird for the house list. Checking on them this afternoon (both still there) we also added four Teal to the list as well. At least six Chiffchaffs intensively feeding brought a hint of spring.

14 March 2013
In town almost all the snow had melted but on a very muddy Mill Hill there were still foot high (30 cm) drifts and running meltwater. The Sweet Violets had been flattened by the load of snow on top of them.
Adur Violets

12 March 2013
In the afternoon one Snipe flew over the road by the Norfolk Bridge and another was feeding on a verge beside Shoreham Airport.

An Avocet was seen roosting with the more usual waders on Adur Saltings but flew off before high tide in the morning. 

The snow slowly melted during the day but not all of it, and the melted snow froze making some shady areas perilously slippery. Gusts of wind blew the powdery snow around and this effect could be seen at a distance, e.g. on Mill Hill from Shoreham Beach

11 March 2013
5 cm of snow fell after dark but it stopped before midnight.
Shoreham Weather 2013

6 March 2013

The first Frog Spawn of the year was discovered in a small Shoreham pond
Photograph by Sue Wright

A dead Frog was seen in Corbyn Crescent, Shoreham. 

5 March 2013
A juvenile Common Seal, Phoca vitulina, hauled up on a River Adur mud bank two miles inland from Shoreham-by-Sea.

4 March 2013
I spotted by first reptile of the year: a single sandy coloured Wall Lizard, Podarcis muralis, skittered over the south facing wall of the Old Fort, Shoreham Beach. 

1 March 2013
Daffodils were in flower on St David's Day in Church Lane, Steyning.

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Shoreham Weather 2012

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