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7 August 2015
Rockpooling at Shoreham Fort Beach

9:30 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.

Members are free otherwise £2 per child.
Beach Art Competition follows

23 February 2015
"Life 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.

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13 June 2015 
Adur World Oceans Day
World Oceans Day was first declared as 8th June at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.
Events occurred all around the world on and around this day.

Adur were one of the UK leaders in presenting the sixteenth environmental exhibition of World Oceans Day on Coronation Green, Shoreham-by-Sea. The British Marine Life Study Society present the usual exhibition of lobsters and crabs. 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.
Other participants will include Southwick Camera Club with an exhibition of seascapes and marine life

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18 December 2015

Goose Barnacles, Lepas 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 Goose Barnacles were probably alive when left on the strandline with the usual wracks, mollusc shells, Mermaid's Purses, cuttlebones, 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. 

Goose 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. 

BMLSS Beachcombing
BMLSS Barnacles

28 September 2015

A Lunar 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.

27 September 2015

Great Crested Grebe

Another 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 Tollbridge). 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 diving bird. 

25 September 2015
Cats 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 Trev Smith was recognisable as the larva of the Elephant Hawk-moth, Deilephila elpenor
Adur Hawk-moths

16 August 2015

A special 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 and Blackthorn. It was the only one seen by a group of half a dozen searchers. It was only the second one I had ever seen.
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19 July 2015

Dark Green Fritillary

Spectacularly 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 Knapweed flower 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 seen for the first time this year.
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14 July 2015

On a cloudy humid day, I spotted my first male Chalkhill Blue of the year on the lower slopes of Mill Hill at 1:43 pm. It flew off after 31 seconds and visited Self-heal, followed by Eyebright, and after four minutes flew strongly over the bottom hedge and disappeared from view entirely.
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July 2015

26 June 2015 
An adult Ringed Plover was still present with the fledged juvenile which can now fly on the Shoreham Harbour dock road beach.

Report by Chris Corrigan on Sussex Ornithological Society Report

June 2015

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24 May 2015

Mill Hill

A Buzzard 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

10 May 2015

Green Hairstreak
Mill Hill

8 May 2015
Hawthorn was beginning to flower

7 April 2015
Blackthorn was now flowering next to the Steyning Road in Old Shoreham. A Small White Butterfly briefly showed. 
Adur Butterfly List 2015

6 April 2015

A rare appearance of a Red Kite over Mill Hill
Photograph by Etienne Fournier

5 April 2015

Easter 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
Adur Violets

20 March 2015
A partial Solar Eclipse was viewable over the United Kingdom where the mostly hazy low cloud weather allowed. 

At Shoreham the clouds parted for just 6 seconds at 9:21 am

2 March 2015
A dolphin 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. 

BMLSS Whales & Dolphins (by Steve Savage)

Juvenile Redshank

22 January 2015

Barrel Jellyfish, Rhizostoma octopus
Photograph by Margaret Burton

Two large Barrel Jellyfish, Rhizostoma octopus, were discovered washed up on the shore at Lancing

Report by Margaret Burton

4 January 2015
First butterfly seen of the new year? It was seen at the Cat and Canary Pub Downslink car park, Henfield, a Peacock fluttering around the parked cars.

Report by Helen Swyer
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I recorded my first wild flower of the year, a Lesser Celandine in Southwick, previously seen last year on Christmas Day 2014.

1 January 2015
The New Year was heralded in by cold (6.5 °C at midnight) and dry weather. The wind rose to a constant Force 5 during the day. 
The first bird seen in 2015 was a Herring Gull swooping over the roof tops.

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