Shoreham Fort Beach
am start prompt to view the beach as the tide
falls to low tide at 11:00 am.
Join our resident marine biologist, Steve
Savage to collect and explore the myriad flora
and fauna of the pools that form as the tide goes
out. Children will be fascinated by the tiny fish and plants. Please wear
wellies or beach shoes and bring along plastic containers for your finds.
are free otherwise £2 per child.
Art Competition follows
Between the Tides" ANDY
HORTON, founder member of the British Marine
Life Study Society, introduces the fascinating world revealed at low
tide, how to enjoy a visit to a rocky shore,
the biology and behaviour of some of the most interesting examples of the
British fauna, concentrating on what can be discovered between the tides
on the Sussex coast. Andy is a freelance writer and photographer with a
specialist interest of the seashore around the British Isles, writing regular
monthly articles for the "Aquarist & Pondkeeper" magazine until it
ceased in 2000. He was editor of Glaucus, Shorewatch,
now replaced by the Torpedo News Bulletin, as
well as consultant for seashore books.
Natural History Society
World Oceans Day
Oceans Day was first declared as 8th June at the Earth Summit in Rio de
Janeiro in 1992.
occurred all around the world on and around this day.
were one of the UK leaders in presenting the sixteenth environmental exhibition
Oceans Day on Coronation
The British Marine Life Study
Society present the usual exhibition of
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.
participants will include Southwick
Camera Club with an exhibition of seascapes and marine life.
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anatifera, have been washed ashore
in Dorset in the last few months and now the first strandings of the year
were found on Shoreham Beach, Sussex, left
by the recent high spring tides, washed ashore
attacked to floating objects, a small boat fender and on two bottles. The
Barnacles were probably alive when left on
the strandline with the usual wracks,
shells, Mermaid's Purses,
etc., but died, or were dying (after ten minutes waiting for one or two
the filamentous cirri
or feeding tentacles to be seen moving), after being left high and dry
out of the water.
Barnacles ae a widespread large pelagic
barnacle found attached to objects by their
long stalk or peduncle in warmer seas than around Britain and most likely
have been blown on floating objects across the Atlantic Ocean from the
seas around the south-eastern United States of America.
Eclipse was seen in the early hours of the morning when the Sun,
Earth and Moon were in syzygy.
Photographs taken at 11:19 pm; 2:09 am; 3:25
am; 3:27 am.
Great Crested Grebe
first for me, a Great Crested Grebe was
spotted on the flooded spring tide River
Adur by the Riverside Business Centre
(between the Railway Viaduct and the
It was difficult to photograph because it spent more than half the time
diving underwater. The black and grey plumage means this is a juvenile
brought in two large caterpillars, one reported by Lorraine
Courant as green with white dots was most
likely the larva of a Lime Hawk-moth, Mimas
tiliae, and other one reported by
Smith was recognisable as the larva of
the Elephant Hawk-moth, Deilephila
planned trip to the downland west of Steyning promised much with an early
morning sun, but when we arrived clouds blotted out the sun and it was
too cool for the butterflies
to be active, but was good for photography if the butterflies could be
discovered. Credit to Mark Colvin
who spotted a Brown Hairstreak,
high up in a Sycamore,
next to the Ash
It was the only one seen by a group of half a dozen searchers.
It was only the second one I had ever seen.
a pristine Dark Green Fritillary
stole the butterfly show in the sunny meadow
south of the Reservoir on Mill Hill. It
was blown a bit on the breeze and fluttered from one Greater
to another quite rapidly. Fourteen other butterfly
species included five male Chalkhill
Blues, new Peacocks,
new Comma Butterflies,
and the whirring Six-spotted Burnet Moths
the first time this year.
a cloudy humid day, I spotted my first male
Blue of the year on the lower slopes of
Hill at 1:43 pm.
It flew off after 31 seconds and visited
followed by Eyebright,
and after four minutes flew strongly over the bottom hedge and disappeared
from view entirely.
was still present with the fledged juvenile which can now fly on the Shoreham
Harbour dock road beach.
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,
was beginning to flower.
was now flowering next to the Steyning
Road in Old Shoreham. A Small White Butterfly
Butterfly List 2015
appearance of a Red Kite
over Mill Hill
by Etienne Fournier
brought a spell of weak sunshine and an Adder
basked in air temperatures at 8.6 °Cin
the afternoon. It was curled up on a bed of grass by the steps going down
to the lower slopes of Mill Hill. It stuck
its forked tongue out and slithered off under the thorn. The coiled up
snake was my first reptile of the year. It seemed to have lost the end
of its tail end with regrowth, but I had only fifteen seconds before it
sensed me and quickly disappeared. There were a few bumblebees
and the inevitable flies
on the Alexanders,
but no still no butterflies in flight.
The first Dog Violets flowered
on the lower slopes of Mill Hill, with the Sweet
Violets much less than in previous years.
Green shoots of various herbs appeared through the layer of moss.
partial Solar Eclipse
was viewable over the United Kingdom where the mostly hazy low cloud weather
At Shoreham the clouds
parted for just 6 seconds at 9:21 am
Whales & Dolphins (by Steve Savage)
was discovered washed up dead on Shoreham Beach near the Burrells. It was
is a decrepit condition and most likely to be a Common
Dolphin, Delphinus delphis.
Jellyfish, Rhizostoma octopus
large Barrel Jellyfish, Rhizostoma
octopus, were discovered washed up
on the shore at Lancing.
seen of the new year? It was seen at the Cat
and Canary Pub Downslink car park, Henfield,
fluttering around the parked cars.
recorded my first wild flower of the
year, a Lesser Celandine
in Southwick, previously seen last year on Christmas
New Year was heralded in by cold (6.5 °C
and dry weather. The wind rose to a constant Force
5 during the day.
first bird seen in 2015
was a Herring Gull swooping
over the roof tops.
Beach Weather Station
Nature Notes 2013