Lower Adur Valley, West Sussex

March 2014

Shoreham-by-Sea Homepage
Downs north of Shoreham and the Adur Valley (map)
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Link to the Adur 2012 Nature Notes pages
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Link to the Adur Festival web pages
 World Oceans Day 2012
 Multi-Map (Bird's Eye View) 
 of Mill Hill
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Link to the Mill Hill web page for 2011

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Adur Damselflies and Dragonflies web page
 Seaquest SW (Cornwall
 Wildlife Trust web pages)
Ecological Database of the British Isles 
 World Oceans Day
Link to Lancing Nature Notes Blogspot
Lancing Blogspot
 Sussex Wildlife Web Sites
Shoreham-by-Sea Homepage
Link to the Sussex Bat Group web pages
Andy Horton
RX (Rye) Wildlife
Fungi of Lancing
Fungi of Shoreham
Adur Fruiting Bodies Database
Lancing Fungi Gallery (by Ray Hamblett)
Fungi of the British Isles (Yahoo Group)
Lancing Clump Supplementary
Autumn 2004 
Fungi of Mill Hill
Fungi Images on the Web (Index)
Adur Butterfly Blog
Adur Wild Flower Blog
Adur Insect Links:

Solitary Bees
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Reports by Andy Horton from personal observation unless otherwise indicated
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2014  Regional

Adur Coastal & Marine
Adur Estuary & Levels
Mill Hill & the Downs
Urban Reports
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22 March 2014
Friends of Lancing Ring
Coffee Morning 
Venue: The Holy Family Catholic Church Hall (=Monks Farm Presbytery) at Monks Farmhouse in North Road, Lancing
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lancing Ring Slide Show


31 March 2014

 Dog Violets
 Sweet Violets

Dog Violets were now abundant over the lower slopes of Mill Hill with Sweet Violets still abundant as well. Blackthorn was flowering. A single Peacock Butterfly fluttered over the top of the southern part of Mill Hill. 
Adur Violets

21 March 2014

Green Alkanet

Blackthorn was noted in flower in Old Shoreham.

14 March 2014
Frog Tadpoles were spotted swimming around in my garden pond in Shoreham. 

Tadpoles Report by Jan Finch on facebook

13 March 2014

In the hour of weak sunshine before the sea fret (=fog) rolled in, three butterflies made an appearance on and around Mill Hill. All had awakened from diapause (=hibernation) and the first one seen was a Red Admiral followed by a Small Tortoiseshell visiting Sweet Violets, and a Peacock Butterfly.
Adur Butterfly List 2014
Adur Weather Report

On the lower slopes of Mill Hill, I recorded my very first Easter Fox Spider, Alopecosa barbipes.

9 March 2014
I was surprised to see an early Small White Butterfly flutter over Dolphin Road in Shoreham by the railway crossing gates.
Adur Butterflies: First Dates

There were lots of butterflies at Lancing Clump: Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock in strong sunshine and little wind.

Report by Andy Brook facebook
8 March 2014
A pair of Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies were seen in my front garden in Lancing.
   Adur Butterfly List 2014

7 March 2014

Harbour Porpoise
Photograph by Louisa De-Ville on facebook

A Harbour Porpoise, Phocoena phocoena, was washed ashore dead on Kingston Beach at the entrance to Shoreham Harbour

Report by Louisa De-Ville on facebook
BMLSS Cetaceans
Whales & Porpoises in British Seas

6 March 2014
In finally managed a positive sighting of two Purple Sandpipers on the metal parts of the southern wooden arm near Shoreham Fort. I positively identified the specks in the distance through a scope and they were clearly different from three Turnstones by their pale yellow legs and different bills. The Purple Sandpiper breast is mottled whereas in the Turnstone it is plain white. 

Black-headed Gull
Wall Lizard

I heard that a Peacock Butterfly was also seen in the weak sunshine. On the southern carnot wall I spotted my first reptiles of the year with six Wall Lizards, Podarcis muralis, basking in or near the holes in the flintwork. 

4 March 2014

Lesser Celandine
Hyacinth Squill

Cyclepath, north of Old Shoreham
Adur Wild Flowers

3 March 2014
A very large Cod from the shore of 4.36 kg (9 lb 10 oz) caught from Shoreham Harbour arm, West Sussex, was exceptional in itself, but what was even more surprising is that it had swallowed a plastic bottle. Angler Andy Sinclair discovered the bottle after gutting the fish at home. 


February 2014 Reports
March 2013 Reports

Shoreham Weather 2014

EasyTide (Shoreham)

Shoreham Beach Weather Station

Adur Nature Notes 2013

Adur Butterfly List 2014
Flora of Shoreham-by-Sea
Shoreham and District Ornithological Society
Sussex Ornithological Society News
Lancing Village

MultiMap Aerial Photograph of the Adur Levels and Downs

Urban Wildlife Webring

Link to the Adur 2012 Nature Notes pagesLink to the Adur Nature Notes 2011 web pagesLink to the Adur 2010 Nature Notes pages
Link to the Adur Nature Notes 2009 web pagesLink to the Adur Nature Notes 2008 web pagesLink to the Adur Nature Notes 2007 web pages
Link to Adur Nature Notes 2005  Index pageLink to the Adur Nature Notes 2006 web pagesLink to the Adur Nature Notes 2004 Index page
Link to Adur Valley Nature Notes 2003Latest Nature Notes and Index page 2002
Mill Hill, north of Shoreham


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