famous Boar Fish,
aper, died after its aquarium sprung
a leak in the middle of the night.(It was caught in November
2002). Estimates are being obtained for
a mould to be a casting of the fish by a professional taxidermist.
best spectacle from Mill Hill was left to last
as a bird with a very bright yellow breast flew out of the bushes by the
reservoir. It looked like an exotic bird and it must be a maleYellowhammer,
that can look as yellow as a canary during the summer.
Swans on Widewater Lagoon have seven cygnets
Admiral Butterflies and faded Painted
Lady Butterflies appeared
with a breeze from the south. I only saw a couple of each in ten minutes,
but they behaved like immigrants and later more of both species were seen
near Old Shoreham Toll Bridge.
bathed in a heatwave up to
C for the opening of the Adur Festival and
World Oceans Day 2003 on Coronation
Green, Shoreham-by-Sea. About
3000 people attended the event that was steady and busy throughout.
Oceans Day 2003
am - 4:00 pm
Information File on Adur World Oceans Day
Information File on Adur World Oceans Day
Blue Butterflies have disappeared from the
slopes of Mill Hill and the vast expanse
of Horseshoe Vetch has
Agency are trying to implement measures
to protect what they believe to be the only remaining Water
Vole population in Sussex on New Monks
Farm, Lancing. The habitat is under threat both from the airport expansion
plans and legal spoil dumping on the 120 acres of unused farmland between
Shoreham Airport and Lancing.
some rainy and dull days, the sun came out again on the Bank Holiday Monday
afternoon. On the on the lower slopes of Mill
Hill both male
and female Adonis
from one Horseshoe Vetch
flower to another, and occasionally settled on some bare earth patches.
Wright and David (Sussex Bat Group) led the
evening walk in the dark up Lancing Ring in
overcast damp conditions, unfavourable for bats as their prey food of insects
were not flying about. On the edge of the woodland the bat detector picked
up the sound of two Pipistrelle Bats
in flight. The bats emit noises from their echo location system, which
cannot be heard by the human ear, but can be picked up and identified by
the bat detector.
These bats were seen flying across the path shortly afterwards. Later a Noctule
Bat was also detected.
Conservation Trust: Bat Information
Birder Web Site
Gull (1st or 2nd summer), Larus hyperboreas,
seen again at Widewater, Lancing at 10.15
am and again at 11.30
am, when it flew towards the River
Adur. The Glaucous Gull is
an Arctic species and a rare visitor to southern England. It is a large
species only exceeded in size by the
Black-backed Gull, one of which has been
resident at Widewater since the beginning of 2003.
Mary de Haura Church, Shoreham-by-Sea 10:30
in the churchyard with Brianne Reeve (Birds) and Betty Bishop and Beryl
Clough (Flora) Steve Davey (Lichens) and Peter Hodges (Insects).
Ash trees were heavy with keys
an overcast day the rain held off for a wildlife survey of the churchyard,
with its collection of park trees and common ground flora of grasses, medicks,
buttercups etc. Several species of ladybird
beetle were discovered
Reeve (Shoreham & District Ornithological Society) led the walk on
Ring and meadows on behalf of the Friends
of Lancing Ring. We were greeted by a
screaming pair of Swifts,
but otherwise it was more of an audio show, the birds calling from the
bushes. An exception was a Yellowhammer
on the top of a Gorse
pair of Stonechats
and sang well, north of Mossy Bottom (near Southwick
Copper Butterfly was my first from Mill
Hill as the Adonis Blue Butterflies
Tit made its distinctive
call from a tree on the cycle path from Old Shoreham Footbridge south
to Ropetackle (TQ 210 054). The
plain coloured bird could be seen, but not clearly because of the sun.
the River Adur turns on the approach from the sea north of the A27
Flyover, the unmistakable downturned long beaks identified either a
couple of Whimbrels
or a pair of Curlews
that seemed to be resting or feeding in the lee of the west bank at mid-tide.
This was the first time I had seen these waders on the river estuary
and they came as a bit of a surprise. Alas I did not have experience to
differentiate the two species. It seemed that the shorter more downturned
beak was nearer the Whimbrel,
but I failed to observe the differences in the head markings between the
two species of wading birds with downturned beaks.
the lower Vetch Trail slopes of Mill Hill at least
Blue Butterflies fluttered around. There
was one Orange Tip Butterfly as
well as the first
of the year.
followed the Vetch Trail
on the lower slopes of Mill Hill towards Old
Erringham on a sunny 17° C
May Bank Holiday Monday. Several acres of the steep slopes were graced
by the yellow flowers of the Horseshoe
Vetch (the food plant of the Chalkhill
Blue and other butterflies).
narrow path winds it way through the lower
Vetch covered lower slopes of Mill
sun had brought out the butterflies and day-flying
moths there was an exceptional variety:
Skipper 5 +
Heath 10 +
Blue are my first confirmed identifications
from Mill Hill for these butterflies.
for Butterfly Images
trail climbs up a steep stepped incline through dense scrub and the following
species were added:
Wood 5 +
Admiral one, possibly three
town and gardens, a few specimens of the following butterflies were
my south Lancing garden pond. (TQ
Hairstreak Butterfly was a notable observation near Pepperscombe (near
where the South Downs Way passes west of Steyning). (TQ