Monks Farm 2006
Mash Barn Lane
Hawkers and a Common Darter
were positively identified from the Elm Corridor on New Monks Farm. The
wings of the Southern Hawker
appeared an iridescent golden tan colour in flight. This path is now overgrown
and virtually impassable because of Stinging Nettles. There were occasional
each of the expected butterflies:
Browns and Red
of Scentless Mayweed
flowers bordered the path on New Monks Farm where the Oil
Seed Rape was planted last year and this year
the field has just been left. The path throught the Elm Corridor was overgrown
On a late
afternoon passage trip over the southern part of New Monks Farm, a single
Butterfly fluttered strongly over the
rough ground north of the flint barns and horse grazing paddock.
Butterfly and Moth List 2006
dipping flight of the Green
Woodpecker was easily recognisable over
the bare cut field and because there was a clear space for 30 metres from
the Withy Patch, the shape, the red and
green of the woodpecker as it left its feeding place on the ground could
be easily discerned as well. This bird is a regular in most substantial
(must be more than a few acres) woody areas of the Adur district. A handful
of the large branches of the Willow
trees by the Withy Patch had been sawn off.
300 Wood Pigeons
were airborne over New Monks Farm and there were many more resting on the
to Reports 2005
and other trees (centre)
Elm Ulmus procera Salisbury (syn. Ulmus campestris
Miller) OE = elm
does not sucker freely.
leaves are nearly always attacked by the elm leaf-gall mite Eriophytes
ulmicola (Rackham 1980).
Elm, Ulmus glabra Hudson (syn. Ulmus montana Loudon.)
ability to produce vegetative suckers and has largely abandoned sex as
a means of reproduction.
catch Dutch Elm Disease.
Leaf Galls (from New Monks Farm by Ray Hamblett)
Tree Information page
Species Checklist (UK)
tree (leaves on the left) was also present as a mature tree in the row
(overlarge hedgerow) of trees.
looks like Hawthorn
but a bit different. Probably the leaves are fuller than the stunted specimens
on Mill Hill.
to Reports for 2004
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