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.
World Oceans Day 2017
Lady, Clouded Yellow
astonishing seven species
of butterfly appeared in seven minutes in
the meadow north of the upper car park on
the top of Mill
Hill. Pride of place went to a pristine Painted
Lady but a Small
Copper put in a plucky performance. A
Yellow deigned to stop and visit a Creeping
Thistle, but only for a second or two.
The damaged Wall Brown
of the day before still survived
with three more with less bites out of their wings. Ten
different species of butterfly were seen in an hour.
Brown Butterflies chased each other and
chased a Small Copper
off a Common Ragwort on
the lower slopes of Mill Hill. The smaller
eventually settled for a spell on Hawkweed
Ox-tongue where I was able to photograph
it using my new 105
mm macro lens.
by David Verrall
purpuralis, Painted Lady
Blue, Adonis Blue, Chalkhill
a cloudy day, hundreds of butterflies
fluttered over Mill Hill and many more
remained hidden until disturbed by my footfall. An unprecedented number
of 170+ second brood Adonis Blue
Butterflies were seen over all parts of
Mill Hill with most on the lower slopes. The number was under recorded
because of the Privet
incursions I was only able to complete 60%
of my acre transect. There was still a dozen
flight and at least four restless Clouded
Yellows. Ten species of butterfly were
seen in the morning. And a Painted
Lady after midday.
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white flash of the rear of a Wheatear
was a highlight of my interesting
visit to Anchor Bottom in the
early afternoon. Other finds included my first Harebell
Lady's Tresses of the year, fifty
one Golden Wax Cap mushroom.
A female larvaform
was also discovered on the concrete path by the swing gate so altogether
it was a very varied hour and half.
Thistle on Mill Hill
two weeks off because of rain, breezes and other inclement weather, I cycled
up to Mill Hill
in warm humid conditions in the afternoon. Butterflies
were common enough but not
very varied. Meadow
the way with over a hundred and fifty, but there were over fifty each of
Heaths, and at least six Clouded
Yellows fluttered past. Lastly, my first
Skipper of the year visited
north of the Reservoir on Mill Hill. This
made for eleven species which was not bad
after a fortnight of inclement weather.
with Prey: a Wren, Mill Hill
& comments by Etienne
by Etienne Fournier
far as I am aware this is the first positive record of a Brown
Hairstreak from any part of Mill
Hill. This one was discovered by Etienne
the copse and north of the top car park.
An unconfirmed fleeting view of this elusive butterfly has been seen by
myself on Mill Hill
as well as one personally photographed record in north Shoreham in 2010.
Common Blue, Brown Argus
fluttered around on Mill Hill including
my first dozen or so of the first male Chalkhill
Blues of the year over the lower slopes.
On a warm sunny afternoon, all the thirteen
species of butterflies were extremely lively
especially over the large patch of Wild
Basil. I also spotted two Painted
Ladies for the first time in 2017.
Small Scabious, Bladder Campion,
Mallow, Small Skipper,
White on Hardhead
of the day was a spectacular Emperor
imperator, that patrolled over a confluence
in the Meadowsweet-lined
Sewer near the A283 Steyning by-pass bridge
over the tidal River
Adur. The Emperor
chased away a male
which appeared very much smaller.
Poppy, Rock Sea Lavender, Sea
Mayweed, Orache, Sea
pleased to discover a Rock Sea Lavender
for the first time on the shingle of Southwick
Beach. The single plant was nearly overlooked in the fading light on
a cloudy late afternoon. This has not been
identified to species. It could be one of a handful of alien Sea
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sunny day with a Gentle Breeze (Force
a visit to Shoreham
Beach around the middle of the day. I
was rewarded with my first handful of Small
Skippers fluttering around the shingle
plants without settling. These were my first of the year and in atypical
habitat for this small widespread butterfly.
are easily overlooked or mistaken for a moth.
nanteuilii, was flowering
by Silver Sands
but their were only a handful of flowers and even less clumps of Hare's
air temperature of the year was attained
at 27.4 °C
a hundred butterflies
fluttered over the yellow swathes of Horseshoe
Vetch on Mill
Hill, but 90% of them were the first brood Adonis
the eight species seen in the afternoon.
Hill was covered in glorious swathes of the yellow of Horseshoe
Vetch, Hippocrepis comosa,
the slopes, mostly the steep slopes and lower slopes but also some quite
large patches on the upper part of the hill.
were common (over a hundred)
for the first time this year with male Adonis
the way with sixty plus and a few flighty females. About twenty male Common
Blues were seen for the first time this
year with frequent Brimstone
Butterflies, frequent Small
Heaths, just two Grizzled
Skippers, and one of each of Dingy
Wood, a first of the year Wall
and a Green-veined White.
different species were the most in a day this year
in over an hour on Mill Hill, and it was only sunny for some of the time
and one cloud let loose a few drops of rain.
I also spotted a Treble-bar Moth
and my first of the year pyralid
Rolf also spotted two Green Hairstreaks
and three Cinnabar Moths.
seemed to have put in its first appearance with the glorious blue of my
first male Adonis Blue Butterfly
of the year. It appeared on the lower slopes of Mill
Hill at 3:00 pm
with the sun still behind the fluffy cirrus
the lower slopes of Mill Hill, the first
hundred or so flowers of Horseshoe
Vetch, Hippocrepis comosa,
showing along with the the first flowers of
Young Privet was everywhere over the southern part of the lower
slopes. coming back vigorously every year and threatening to shade out
the chalkhill plants.
and cloudy, I cycled the downs route
against a Force 4
passing Mill Hill and north of Beeding
Hill down the narrow bridleway to Tottington
The bridlepath was a difficult passage for cycling, but rewarded with a
dozen Speckled Wood Butterflies,
a Green-veined White
and a Comma.
Wood, I spotted a handful of my first
Purple Orchids of the year with flowering
Wood Anemones and Primroses
in the shade of the trees.
Map of Tottington Wood
of Holly Blue Butterflies
fluttering high in the trees at the top of Chanctonbury
Drive, north Shoreham, were my first of the year. This is on the way
to Mill Hill, where the highlight on the
lower slopes was another first of the year: a pair of mating Grizzled
Skippers on a dead Carline
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looked large in the afternoon sky as it soared over the Adur
Levels as seen from near Ladywells, from a field north of Ladywell's
Stream on the Coombes Road, where I spotted my first male Orange
Tip Butterfly of the year fluttering endlessly
for fifteen minutes without pausing. Seven
species of butterfly
were seen on a sunny afternoon including my first Speckled
Woods of 2017,
walls and surrounds of Shoreham
Beach, I spotted at least twenty adult Wall
were quite skittish
but also had courting on their agenda.
the towpath by the houseboats a butterfly
fluttered over my head in the sunshine. It appeared as shadow and I had
to wait a few minutes out for some more movement. Then three butterflies
moved quickly in succession chasing each other off the resting places.
Three of us were watching and we all saw three butterflies simultaneously.
One was a Red Admiral
and the other two were a first of the year Small
Tortoiseshell and a first Peacock
authorities have decided to drain Brooklands
main lake leaving lots of exposed blackish
mud with small rivulets. Commotion in the very shallow rivulets was when
the large Carp
and smaller silvery fish
disturbed the surface. The Little Egret
threatens to have a bonanza with the small fish, but the large carp,
mostly a dark grey in colour, seem too large
even for Cormorants
Herons to swallow (neither were present).
waded in the mud and swam on a few shallow pools in the boating lake. A
pair of Little Grebes
dived under the Teville Stream
above the small weir. This stream was murky and nothing could be seen beneath
its surface. A small flow of water trickled over the weir into the main
the early hours after midnight I heard a Red
Fox calling in Corbyn Crescent, Shoreham.
It sounded like an Alarm Bark.
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Admiral Butterfly emerged from hibernation
in a Lancing conservatory.
Fox trotting across Southwick Green in
the early hours was my first wild mammal seen this year. As usual the first
bird of the year was an adult Herring Gull
gliding over the roof tops in Corbyn Crescent in the late morning.
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Beach Weather Station
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