first Meadow Brown
Butterfly of the year was spotted on the
west-facing bank of the Airport Towpath. This
was an early record.
Australian Black Swan
Lady on Dogwood
of fluttering Holly Blue Butterflies
attracted me to the Dogwood on the eastern verge of the Downs
Link Cyclepath at Old Shoreham, when I then noticed my first Painted
Lady of the year. This immigrant butterfly
is much larger but was elusive to photograph in the late afternoon.
pod of dolphins were seen out of Shoreham
in the early evening.
just a very brief visit to the top southern part of Mill
Hill on a demonstration ebike where I met Philippa
the South Downs National Park
Authority. Parasitic plants were
much in evidence: frequent scattered first growths of the very distinctive
Broomrape and the small yellow flowers
of Yellow Rattle.
Mignonette was seen by the layby.
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Stork over the nest at Knepp
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sang in the Cirrostratus
sky, on a sunny afternoon that prompted a visit to the top part of Mill
around: occasional male and female Common
a few each of male Adonis Blues,
Skippers, my first Green Hairstreak
of the year, and my first Mother Shipton
Moth. A Speckled
Wood showed in the top
copse where I noted hundreds of Garlic
Mustard plants going stringy.
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a pale blue sky, sheltered from the easterly breeze,
I gave up counting the Adonis Blue
Butterflies over the lower slopes of Mill
HiIl at fifty (46+4).
They were all very lively in the afternoon sunshine and hardly ever settled,
even when mating. After completing the lower
acre transect I spotted an estimated further
twenty, including three mating pairs, as I returned by the winding path.
eight species of butterfly
called from a perch on the twig by Annington
Kale at Shoreham Beach East
the shimmering haze, vast swathes of Sea
Kale were flowering
on the shingle above the high tide
mark on the eastern part of Shoreham
first two Swallows
of the summer flew low over the middle slopes of Mill
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Crested Grebe visited Lady
Bee Marina, Shoreham Harbour.
I compare thee to a summer's day?
art more lovely and more temperate:
winds do shake the darling
buds of May,
summer's lease hath all too short a date.
were beginning to bloom in the sunshine, the first swathes of Red
Valerian near the Church of the Good Shepherd,
and Sea Kale, Hoary
Cress, Thrift, Sea Campion, Mouse-eared
Hawkweed, Cat's Ear, Bird's-foot Trefoil, Ivy-leaved
a hazy blue sky, there was rather minimal
flying insect activity on the southern bank at the eastern end of the Slonk
Hill Cutting. As the vehicles droned by, I spotted a few queen Buff-tailed
Bumblebees, a Red
Admiral, a Small
Heath Butterfly, a Large
Red Damselfly and a Holly
Blue Butterfly in about thirty minutes.
Later, at Buckingham Cutting (south) two Speckled
Wood Butterflies and familiar hoverflies
appeared in the shade of the linear copse.
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were frequent and lively on a sunny afternoon, notably the first two female
Blues of the year with half a dozen males,
with a pair attempting to copulate. I estimated at least twenty Dingy
Skippers all over the lower slopes of
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the first time in over five centuries a pair of White
ciconia, living wild on the Knepp
Estate, in the Adur valley, have seen the first egg of five hatch in
their large new nest at the top of an old Oak
rewilding project was started with the introduction of a pair of adult
Storks from Poland in 2016. However, the introduced female appears to have
mated with a vagrant male bird.
and cloudy, conditions not ideal for butterflies
but better for photography, I nevertheless
enjoyed my afternoon visit to the Horseshoe
Vetch covered lower slopes of Mill
HiIl. Dingy Skippers were
and widespread and on the two-thirds transect I estimated at least 35,
including a mating pair. However, I did not actually disturb a single Grizzled
Skipper. Other butterflies disturbed from
rest were occasional
Peacocks, five male Adonis
first pristine Brown
Argus of the year, one Small
Heath, and one
Brimstone. A Treble-bar
Moth showed and a small pyralid
Pyrausta nigrata were spotted. In
Shoreham there was a Holly Blue
and a probable Small White.
was a surprising discovery in a shallow neap tide
rockpool in the River Adur
estuary by the Scout Hut, Adur Recreation Ground.
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species of Seahorse
are found in the seas around the British Isles: the Spiny
guttulatus, is rare in the English Channel, recorded off
Dorset and the western approaches mostly. The Short-nosed
hippocampus, is occasionally found in deep water around
the Channel Islands, unusual but widespread elsewhere. It was also recorded
off the coast of Holland in 1998. This species is found in deep water off
the Sussex coast, notably off Southwick, near Shoreham-by-Sea.
Seahorses (for the younger reader)
Seahorses & Pipefishes
Nature Notes 2013