Lower Adur Valley, West Sussex

May 2015

Shoreham-by-Sea Homepage
Adur Nature Notes 2015
Downs north of Shoreham and the Adur Valley (map)
Met Office
Shoreham Weather
Beaufort Scale

EasyTide (Shoreham)

Sun & Moon Times

Shoreham Beach
Weather Station

 Adur Coastal & Marine
 Adur Estuary & Levels
 Mill Hill
 Slonk Hill Cutting
 Urban Reports
 Lancing Nature Blogspot
 Lancing Ring
Link to the Adur 2012 Nature Notes pages
Friends of Lancing Ring
Link to the Adur Festival web pages
 World Oceans Day 2012
 Multi-Map (Bird's Eye View) 
 of Mill Hill
Friends of Shoreham Beach
Link to the Mill Hill web page for 2011

Local Speakers


British Dragonfly Society Link
Link to the Shoreham-by-Sea Community page

Adur Wildlife
Main Links
Send me an EMail (Choose a clear subject heading please)
British Marine Life Study Society
Hulkesmouth Publishing Company

Sussex Ornithological
 Society News and Reports
 Strandline Quiz
 Seashore Quiz


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
Adur Bees, Wasps & Sawflies
Grasshoppers & Crickets
Damselflies & Dragonflies




Reports by Andy Horton from personal observation unless otherwise indicated
Clicking on the new thumbnail-style images will reveal a larger photograph

2015  Regional

Adur Coastal & Marine
Adur Estuary & Levels
Mill Hill & the Downs
Urban Reports
Click on the image to find the location on a map via flickr
Click on the image to find the location on a map via flickr
Click on the image to find the location on a map via geograph
Click on the image to find the location on a map via flickr

Click on the images above to find the location on a map via flickr or geograph 


31 May 2015

Friends of Shoreham Beach Wild Flower Walk
Click on the image for details

Commencing from Shoreham Fort at 2.30, this is an event not to be missed. In May and June the whole beach is full of flowers and plants, some very rare. Join our knowledgeable guides for a walk amongst the blooms and learn more about the plants and their unusual shingle habitat.
Friends of Shoreham Beach

13 June 2015 
Adur World Oceans Day
World Oceans Day was first declared as 8th June at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.
Events occurred all around the world on and around this day.

Adur are one of the UK leaders in presenting the sixteenth environmental exhibition of World Oceans Day on Coronation Green, Shoreham-by-Sea. The British Marine Life Study Society present the usual exhibition of lobsters and crabs. The Friends of Shoreham Beach (FOSB) take an active role with their display of the wonders of Shoreham Beach. Wildlife writer Steve Savage presents the whale and dolphin exhibition. Exhibitors are available to find the time to answer questions about marine life.
Other participants will include Southwick Camera Club with an exhibition of seascapes and marine life

World Oceans Day on facebook
Adur World Oceans Day on facebook
United Nations: World Oceans Day


31 May 2015

 Italian Catchfly
Shoreham Beach

27 May 2015

Lancing Ring Dewpond

26 May 2015
Two Red Kites were seen together over Cuckoo's Corner, near Lancing College in the morning.

Report by Bridget James on Sussex Ornithological Society News

24 May 2015

Mill Hill

A Buzzard descended from the low-flying clouds and a Kestrel hovered over the lower slopes of Mill Hill. There were more butterfly watchers than actual butterflies, but I did manage a glimpse of my first Small Heath Butterfly of the year as well as my first Mother Shipton Moth. The overcast conditions made for a paucity of butterflies in flight, but there were plenty (15+) of human feet to disturb 15+ Adonis Blues, including a mating pair, two or more male Common Blues, at least one very faded Dingy Skipper and at least three Brimstone Butterflies. The first butterfly I spotted was a bright Peacock and later a surprise Red Admiral showed briefly. The Horseshoe Vetch was at its peak (98%).

21 May 2015

Adonis Blue 
Cinnabar Moth

A Cuckoo called repeatedly from below Mill Hill and I could clearly hear it above the noise of the traffic. It was my first Cuckoo of the year. A Buzzard soared above and a Kestrel was seen hovering as well as a flock of seven or more Jackdaws

Lower Slopes of Mill Hill

On the lower slopes of Mill Hill, the Horseshoe Vetch was virtually at its peak. That made up for the relative paucity of butterflies but they did include my first female Adonis Blues with three of the dozen or so males seemed more intent of sparring amongst themselves and quarrelling with a lone Brown Argus and a single male Common Blue. A Brimstone Butterfly patrolled the bottom hedgerow. Dingy Skippers were frequently seen with about a dozen actually noted but a Grizzled Skipper could not be confirmed. A Green Hairstreak flitted amongst the Brambles. There was handful of Peacock Butterflies and one was so badly damaged it looked like a Comma in silhouette of its underside. A single Cinnabar Moth was spotted on two occasions. 
Other butterflies seen on the approaches to Mill Hill included two Large Whites and a Holly Blue.
Adur Butterfly Report

17 May 2015

Brown Argus
Common Blue 
Adonis Blue 

A Kestrel soared over Mill Hill just after midday. It was seen hovering and then twice the bird of prey descended amongst the Horseshoe Vetch on the lower slopes but both times emerged without any visible prey. Weak sunshine on a breezy afternoon brought out frequent butterflies including the bright blue of my first male Adonis Blue of the year. Twelve butterfly species were seen on or around Mill Hill including my first Common Blues and Brown Argus in 2015
On the southern carnot wall  of Shoreham Fort I spotted my first two Wall Lizards this year. 
Butterfly Report

16 May 2015

The resident pair of Mute Swans on Widewater Lagoon still had seven cygnets

13 May 2015

Giant Hogweed
  Heracleum mantegazzianum

12 May 2015
A cycle ride to Botolphs and back along and back along the Downs Link Cyclepath on a breezy overcast afternoon rewarded me with my first close-up Holly Blue Butterfly in flight this year, followed by an unexpected first Painted Lady just north of the Old Erringham layby. Hawthorn and Wayfaring Tree were flowering in the hedgerow that lined the route. The verges will beginning to show a bit of colour, with remains of the Cowslips joined by carpets of Germander Speedwell and Crosswort, clumps of Common Vetch and lots of green leaves. As the afternoon wore on, the sun came out producing long shadows and encouraging my first Orange Tips of the year to show. Unusually, I found two white female butterflies before the bright orange on two males confirmed my identification.

Orange Tip Butterfly
Green-winged Orchid

A detour was made to Anchor Bottom for the scattered hundreds of Green-winged Orchids but there was nothing else of interest. 

10 May 2015

Green Hairstreak
Dingy Skipper

On an overcast day that turned to hazy sunshine by the afternoon, I made a long (nearly two hours) visit to Mill Hill where I eventually found seven species of butterfly and two large day flying moths. Dingy Skippers were the most numerous but I was pleased to find Green Hairstreaks, Grizzly Skippers, Brimstones, Peacock, one Wall Brown Butterfly and a Cinnabar Moth
Butterfly Report

Ground Ivy, Common Vetch, Dog Violet, Tree Mallow, Germander Speedwell
Bulbous Buttercup, Hawthorn, Milkwort,
Horseshoe Vetch, Herb Robert, Bugle, Cotoneaster
Adur Wild Flowers 2015

8 May 2015
Hawthorn was beginning to flower. The image also shows Common Vetch, Tree Mallow, Horseshoe Vetch and Germander Speedwell

7 May 2015
I spotted my first Holly Blue Butterfly of the year from the top of the number 2 bus as it went through Bramber village.

6 May 2015

Gales battered the shore throughout the day, a steady Fresh Gale Force 8 gusting to Storm Force 10 was recorded by Shoreham Beach Weather Station.
Shoreham Weather Page

4 May 2015

There was substantial bird song from the scrub on Mill Hill, which compensated for the lack of butterflies on a cloudy Bank Holiday. If wasn't for the sharp eyes of a dedicated butterfly spotter, I would not even have found a Grizzled Skipper

A pair of Mute Swans were seen by others with seven cygnets on Widewater Lagoon.

1 May 2025

The first flowers of Horseshoe Vetch appeared on the lower slopes of Mill Hill.

'Tis the choice time of the year
For the violets now appear.
Now the rose receives its birth
And the pretty primrose decks the earth.

May 2014 Reports

Adur Wild Flowers 2015
Shoreham Weather 2015

EasyTide (Shoreham)

Shoreham Beach Weather Station

Adur Nature Notes 2013

Butterfly List 2015
Adur Butterfly Flight Times
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


    The Shoreham-by-Sea web site started on 1 January 1997.
    Webmaster: Andy Horton

Adur Valley
Main Links
Top of the Page
Golden Boar Fish

Speckled Bush CricketClick on the thumb for the enlargement of the cricketClick on the thumb for the enlargement of the cricket
Shoreham Lifeboat Station