Adur Levels: Beeding, Botolphs, Bramber and the north
river is build up on both sides through the low-lying flood plain and their
are few marshes or wetlands aside the river. There are pleasant walks on
the towpaths on both sides of the river, from
to Bramber, with the passage passable for bicycles,
if you can put up with lifting your bicycle over a few stiles.
Clay alluvian soil, brought
down from the river sources in the Weald. The bank of part of the river
number of Cormorants
flying over the Adur levels, with a few in the River Adur, between Old
Shoreham and Botolphs exceeded one hundred, in just over an hour, a number
not seen before by myself. The normal numbers I would expect to see would
not exceed thirty.
in the clump of trees surrounding
of Claysfield Farm and pond (open space)
went to Woods Mill (at Small Dole, the headquarters of the Sussex
Wildlife Trust) with my year group. We
did lots of games and had a great time. We went pond dipping, me and Hannah
found dragonfly larvae, water boatman, blood worms, snails and a whirlygig
and a leech.
that we had to be detectives and look out for tracks, poo and clues for
wild animals, we found some fox's poo and some deer tracks.
saw a Speckled Wood
and a Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly.
Someone in the group saw a Kingfisher."
Swans were counted on the still tidal
part of the River Adur at Upper Beeding by the disused
Cement Works. My cyclepath
cycle from Old Shoreham, on a pleasantly sunny day, disturbed a handful
each of Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell,
and Red Admiral Butterflies
plus a single Grizzled Skipper
on the eastern side of the South Downs Way footbridge.
(Adur Valley) Wildlife Photographs
Damselflies are fluttering in my Shermanbury
a steady strong breeze
(Force 6) gusted
to gale force, making a white caps of the
small wavelets in the Adur estuary, a handful
of dull coloured Painted Lady Butterflies
a single Red Admiral Butterfly were
disturbed on the Old Shoreham cycleway
to Upper Beeding, where the Hardheads
were beginning to flower amongst the Ox-eye
Daisies, with a single Spotted
fuchsii. Cups of water from the overnight rain were retained in
the lower leaves of the Teasel.
yellow of the Horseshoe Vetch
had disappeared as a yellow carpet on the downs
and the yellow borders on the cycle path were Bird's
Foot Trefoil, at least one clump of this
prostrate plant over knee high, 50 mm from the ground. This plant usually
attains a height of up to 40 mm.
Bird's Foot Trefoil had a solid stem which means it is Lotus corniculatus,
uliginosa has a hollow stem. (This can be confused by larger continental
species planted by landscape gardeners.)
of Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies fluttered
the Botolphs side of the river near the South Downs Way Bridge, with a
chirm of Goldfinches in
the set-aside field. Robin Redbreasts
are very noticeable here as they are near the disused Beeding Cement Works.
There were many clumps of Cowslips
on the Old Shoreham to Bramber cyclepath.
Smock or Cuckoo Flower, Cardamine pratensis, traditionally
flowers as the Cuckoos
arrive. The Milkmaids thrives in damp meadow land, particularly cattle
pasture; unfortunately as this habitat is “improved” out of existence this
beautiful flower is decreasing throughout the country. There
were several clumps of this plant bordering the streams near Botolphs.
is the name I have heard used locally.)
Skipper Butterfly was seen at Upper Beeding
(near Steyning) in the Adur valley on a breezy overcast Easter Sunday morning.
This species is not often recorded, although it is
known from Mill Hill.
Adur East (Shermanbury area) Nature Pages
Speckled Wood Butterflies
were spotted behind Steyning in the Adur valley.
falls before dawn and a thin layer of snow covers the levels. It quickly
melts in the afternoon sun.
River Adur at Shermanbury
with a light layer of snow