the southern footpath end of the Waterworks
Road, the flowering
Cherry Plum attracted my first Peacock
Butterfly of the year and like the first
Butterfly seen a minute afterwards were
enticed out of winter hibernation by a brief spell of sunshine in the early
10 am to 11 am on the River
Adur mud flats at low tide
there was a flock of twenty
the Railway Viaduct and Tollbridge,
quite unsettled and often taking to the air.
Pintail on Widewater
was seen on Widewater
in the afternoon. I did not recognise it immediately in poor light at the
eastern end in the middle of the lagoon, so a Pintail
is unlikely to be a regular visitor to Shoreham.
I have not recorded one before.
SOS status: Fairly common winter visitor and scarce on observed passage;
occasionally summers and has bred.
is spotted on the exposed waterlogged mud of Brooklands
Boating Lake. The Avocet
a rare visitor to the lower Adur Valley
and local shores.
Scarce winter visitor and passage migrant; scarce and localised breeder.in
by Brian Spicer
first snow at the end of the previous month had melted and this was a fresh
- 18 March 2018
few flurries of sleet and snow
left a thin sprinking, 75 mm at most on the flat ground in Shoreham town.
The roads and pavements were mostly not cold enough for the snow to settle.
Air temperatures were on and about freezing over the weekend, but the wind
was slight. The water and frog spawn on my small garden pond was not frozen
the weak sunshine I spotted my first butterfly
of the year; a Red Admiral
over Mill Hill Road at the southern end of the bridge over the A27.
glided over Erringham Hill, seen in the photograph from the top meadow
of Mill Hill Nature
was pleasant enough to spot my first
of the year, a Buff-tailed Bumblebee
visited a flower shop in Lancing.
hovered over the Tamarisk at
the ice had melted a Common Frog
appeared in my tiny Shoreham garden pond. A clump
of spawn was spotted.
between a Dolphin and a Porpoise (Link)
the very cold spell, a Common Dolphin,
Delphinus delphis, was washed ashore dead
on Worthing Beach. Another dolphin
was discovered on Western Road Beach in Lancing and a third one was found
at the beach by Heene Road in Worthing.
still lay on the side streets and downs in freezing temperatures throughout
the day and night.
Beach Weather Station
Nature Notes 2013