Valley Wildlife 2004
Cuckoo's Corner to Coombes
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 Shoreham-by-Sea
to Bramber, with the passage passable for bicycles,
if you can put up with lifting your bicycle over a few stiles.
Tree near Old Erringham
the verge near Coombes were losing their leaves, some brown, some green
Fungi: Fruiting Bodies (Monthly Guide)
to the Adur Levels Reports 2005
12.3 ºC prompted me a visit Spring
Dyke next to Miller's Stream when I would normally have thought it
not worth the trip, and nothing much moved except I disturbed a pair of
I had to watch my step to avoid a burrow with a entrance of 25 cm in diameter,
too big for a rabbit,
and to avoid stepping on black faeces which I think were from
Deer, at a wild guess. The hole, burrow
or den did not smell. It seemed very clean, almost pristine.
the road verge near Coombes were losing their leaves, some brown, some
green, and a Green Woodpecker was recognised by its familiar dipping
flight, but there was nothing of remotely special note on a round trip
from Cuckoo's Corner on the Coombes road
via Botolphs and back along the Coastal Link cyclepath.
Dead Nettles were common, Herb
Robert, Common Mallow, Tufted Vetch,
Thistles were seen in flower, with the occasional
flower, a small clump of Gorse
and the white Snowberrries,
There were a few Sulphur Tuft
mushrooms on a tree near Ladywells on the Coombes road. Lichens and mosses
grew on the trees, but I have not studied these life forms.
looked like some washed out Mucilago
crustacea (a slime mould) which
even at its best looks like scrambled egg (the plasmodium which matures
as minute dry fruiting bodies enclosing a powdery spore mass) over the
grass and vegetation.
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the damp Field Maple
leaf litter and tree stumps on the footpath (between the Waterworks
Road and the Steyning Road, several mushrooms new to this area were
discovered. These included a Wood Blewit,
the footpath (between the Waterworks Road
and the Steyning Road, the Shaggy Pholiata
were not be seen* and
all but two of the Common Ink Caps
were broken. This is a rarely used footpath and both fungi were in the
middle of the path. Instead there were at least four clumps of what appeared
to be Sulphur Tuft,
growing from a moss-lined tree stump imbedded in the soil and leaf litter.
There may be a few pine
stumps amongst the Field Maple.
Shaggy Pholoita had been broken off and were later found discarded.)
the Field Maple on
a footpath (between the Waterworks Road and
the Steyning Road the first mushrooms seen were Clavulina
white fungi followed by a group of three Common
Ink Caps, Coprinus atramentarius, and
then more of these prominent mushrooms around the tree roots, followed
by two early
Shaggy Parasols, Macrolepiota
rhacodes, on the path.
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Fungi: Fruiting Bodies (Monthly Guide)
the western edge of Adur Recreation Ground, the White
Poplar had already lost most of its leaves
(a few silvery leaves could be seen on its crown when viewed from due east),
whereas at the same time last
year they mostly adorned the distinctive tree.
anything fluttering in the breeze likely to be a falling leaf, there were
just two butterflies seen, both good condition
Admirals. The large bright blue banded
that I had unfounded doubts over their identity were Emperor
Dragonflies as one was persistently preying
on small insects at the southern end of the Waterworks
Road, Old Shoreham. It stayed around around long enough to recognise
its markings. A handful of Common Darters
again appeared on the rotten log by the road layby on the Coastal
Link Cyclepath. The suggested species is Agrocybe aegerita (=
A. cylindracea). They looked decidedly unappetising. The mushrooms
had a stalk growing out of the wood to 100 mm long and a cap diameter of
up to 110 mm.
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designated footpath (between the Waterworks
Road and the Steyning Road, Old Shoreham)
produced a solitary mushroom
amongst the leaf litter of Field Maple. It
stood upright 80 mm above the ground in the middle of the path. It gills
were white, with a cap diameter of 55 mm, and it is shown in the photograph
on the right. This species is Oudemansiella
the footpath (between the Waterworks Road
and the Steyning Road, Old Shoreham) under a canopy of Field
Maple a strange
mushroom poked out of the leaf litter.
Its gills had a pale blue-grey hue which is unusual. By the following day,
the gills had turned black after the rain. This Ink
Cap has not been identified to species.
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paler blue slightly large dragonfly was tricky
to identify as they flew past at high speed over the Coombes Road near
the Sussex Pad. This is probably an Emperor
the cyclepath on the old railway line south-east
of the Toll Bridge the mangy
that was seen on 16
2004 made another daytime appearance, turning
its head before casually ambling off in the undergrowth that backs on to
the houses in Brighton Road, Shoreham.
seen earlier in the month flew rapidly, a large dragonfly, probably a male
Dragonfly, one or two Migrant
Hawkers and a few Common
fell off the Bramble bush at the softest touch. Grasshoppers were docile
(at 17.2° C)
and lacked their summer activity under the cloudy sky. One pink flower
(in the photograph on the left) stood out in an unkept field to the east
of South Downs Link cyclepath. It is a Musk
Mallow and is not on the local
flora list and is not recorded locally in the Sussex Plant Atlas. (A
shed has now been erected on top of this plant in 2005.)
flew overhead. Chiffchaffs
were calling and flying from bush to bush.
Link cyclepath north of Old Shoreham hosted a few Red
Admiral Butterflies, scores of Small
White Butterflies, one Painted
Lady; just the three species of butterfly.
of the Toll Bridge there were more
of the same, a Red Admiral
defended its territory near the railway buffer, and losing out temporarily
to an immigrant Painted Lady.
A new addition to the day list was just one Common
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Berries from the Blackthorn Bush
near Old Erringham next to the old Steyning Road
were the highlight of the cyclepath, in quick succession a male Emperor
Dragonfly, a large dragonfly, possibly a female Emperor
Hawker, a few Migrant Hawkers and
the inevitable Common Darters.
air temperature at 24.1 ºC at 1:10 pm seems to indicate an Indian
summer, with blackberriers working holiday time in the pleasant sunshine
with scarcely a breeze.
the Coastal Link cyclepath north of Old Shoreham,
a bright yellow Brimstone Butterfly
fluttered around the Buddleia.
The small hoverfly Dasysyrphys
albostriatus was also discovered,
but identified until later.
handsome dark blue of a Migrant Hawker
Dragonfly was seen on New
Monks Farm behind the Withy Patch.
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everywhere are on the move, with flocks of Starlings
of over one hundred over the Hasler Estate (north of Widewater) and three
flying around Widewater car park east, before
embarking on their long migration south.
Lady Butterfly fluttered on the edge of
Adur Recreation Ground. A few Pied Wagtails
were noticeable on the grass verges.
flock of over twenty Goldfinches
brightened up an overcast day on the Coastal Link
Cyclepath south of the Cement Works.
the second magnificent site of a female Emperor
Dragonfly this year, flying to and fro
under the canopy of the Butterfly Copse
(TQ 209 063) near the Waterworks Road, with
over a dozen Common Darters
being slightly furtive. Another large blue dragonfly was seen which was
probably an Emperor Dragonfly.
A few brighter Red Admirals
and a Painted Lady
were around in a year that has seen very few migrant butterflies.
Butterfly and Large Moth List 2004
large blue dragonfly was hawking over the Willow
Tree area (behind the Withy Patch) of New Monks
Farm, Lancing. At first I thought it was an Emperor
Dragonfly because of its size, but the markings
were more black than blue, so I think this must be a Migrant
4 August 2004
were 16 Glow-worms
recorded on the Coastal Link cyclepath by
much handsomer than the 10-spined Sticklebacks,
when the larger of the two freshwater native species are in their breeding
colours, in a stream by an Oak Tree
next to the South Links cyclepath north of
Botolphs. This stream borders Saltings
could be seen with Whirligig Beetles
and Water Skaters
on the surface in a patch of clear water. There was a red Ruddy
Darter on the bank next to what looks
like a set-aside field full of Ragwort
and Creeping Thistles.
There was an umbellifer
in the stream itself rising above the shallow (30 cm depth) water. A Moorhen
ran across the dense vegetation, including the floating Duckweed,
that covered 98% of the stream. This water bird disappeared and could not
be seen on the edge; this was despite the Environment Agency having just
mechanically removed most of the the streamside vegetation.
was the first record of a Ruddy Darter,
sanguineum, on these
Notes pages from this stream. This dragonfly
has probably been overlooked before and mistaken for a Common
sudden appearance of a Peacock Butterfly
was a bit if a surprise, in the narrow
field next to the stream by the Steyning Road (TQ
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large accumulation of fungi on a rotten log on the cyclepath north of Old
Shoreham, by the road layby, was less so. The suggested species is Agrocybe
aegerita (= A. cylindracea) which grows on wood,
whereas Agrocybe praecox grows on wood chips.
4 and 7 (some may have been counted twice) Marbled
White Butterflies fluttered lazily around
on the verges off the cyclepath just south
of the Cement Works at Upper Beeding. This is the first record from this
area on the Nature Notes pages.
also recorded one example of the Nettle-leaved
trachelium, and it seems this is the
fourth species of bellflower that is naturalised locally, and they all
may be garden escapes. However, this species is listed as a local plant.
were at least two Common Blue Damselflies
in a field by the River Adur with 50+ Small
Tortoiseshell Butterflies at Annington
(north-west of Botolphs).
was a Burnet Moth
with a striking blue striped abdomen flying between the thistles
in the narrow field next
to the stream by the Steyning Road (TQ
209 068).This was originally thought to be
the Narrow-bordered Five-Spot Burnet Moth,
However, it it was perhaps
even more likely to be a late flyer of the Five-Spot
Burnet Moth, Zygaena
trifolii ssp. palustrella.
from Trevor Boyd on UK Leps
looks like the bumblebee mimic Volucella
bombylans var. bombylans seen
hovering around in the field
next to the stream between the Steyning Road (A283)
the Waterworks(TQ 209 068).
couple of Common Darters
were present in thistle-overgrown field as
of the possible (not confirmed) Giant Hogweed,
mantegazzianum, in this area. This huge plant exudes a sap which
can cause severe and untreatable dermatitis.
surprised me with an acrobatic U-shaped jump as it bounded away from the
wooden shed (used to store horse feed) in the horse's field immediately
to the west of the entrance of the Waterworks
House, Old Shoreham (at the foot of Mill Hill).
This area has been known to provide a habitat for Stoats
but this is still the first record since these Nature Notes pages were
started in 1998. The Bee
Orchid was photographed in the same field.
the Waterworks Road there was one Small
White Butterfly, one Small
Tortoiseshell Butterfly and one Red
Admiral Butterfly. In the Butterfly
Copse (TQ 209 063),
there was one Speckled Wood Butterfly.
On the cyclepath north of the Toll
Bridge, just one faded Painted
Lady Butterfly was seen in a brief visit.
were over a metre high in
narrow field next to the stream by the Steyning Road (TQ
209 068) and the dull brown-orange dragonfly
and looked larger and flightier than a damselfly and it was an early Ruddy
Darter* (originally misidentified as a Common Darter).
is a very early date for the emergence of this dragonfly, but it was photographed.
point is the all-black legs without a trace of ochre/yellow found on the
Dragonfly Flight Times
was not sure if it it was two or three species of damselfly
I was viewing over the thistles and tall nettles
in the narrow field next to the stream by the Steyning
Road (TQ 209 068). The
males and females of over 30 Azure Damselflies,Coenagrion
puella, look appreciably different,
and the head of the females are often black and white.
other species, the Large Red Damselfly,
nymphula, was the first time I have
seen this common species, although other observers have seen it and it
is usually the first species reported each year.
Damselflies & Dragonflies
dozen or more Common Blue Butterflies flew
amongst the tall vegetation on the verge of the cyclepath near the abandoned
Beeding (Shoreham) Cement Works. It was difficult to be sure of their numbers
as many would be successfully hiding.
Carder Bee was again spotted south-east
of the South Downs Bridge (over the River Adur)
when it may have been mistaken for larger and commoner bumblebees
the Waterworks Road near the Butterfly Copse
(TQ 209 063) a Speckled
Wood Butterfly settled and there was another
Wood in the ivy and nettle copse itself.
the edge of the horse's field on the south-west
approaches of Mill Hill, (south of the
A27 main road), on the pile of dung next to the footpath two clumps of
about 20 mushrooms were growing. The first suggested identity is Conocybe
rickenii or a close species.
on the top of a Hawthorn, the colourful red breast of a Linnet
a pleasing change from the omnipresent
Sparrows on the path
South-east of Old Shoreham Toll
Bridge. Northward, between the Toll
Bridge and A27 Flyover, the first
four male Orange
Tip Butterflies fluttered rapidly out
of photographic range. There was single Azure
puella, and at least one Holly
Blue Butterfly and there were probably
many more of both species of butterfly. Another
Warbler was seen flying between a gap
in the blossoming Hawthorn that borderss both sides of the path like a
the field between the Waterworks (at Old Shoreham) and the east side of
the Steyning Road, it was really fascinating just how attached the
smaller yellow butterfly was, as a pair of Green-veined
White Butterflies were mating despite
being bothered by other butterflies of the same species and a photographer.
There were about half a dozen in flight, the other four were soloists.
were about the same number of Azure Damselflies,
puella, with at least four of them male and these were over the prickly
and nettles rather than the stream.
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the cyclepath to
the north of the flyover, I spotted the colourful orange wing tips
of the male Orange Tip Butterfly
twice in succession. The attendant whites are thought to be their suitors.
This is the first time this species of butterfly
has been recorded in this area. It is not really a surprise because they
have been seen previously at Cuckoo's Corner
and the lower slopes of Mill
were warbling (there seems to be at least two different calls) in the shrubbery.
According to experienced birdwatcher Alan,
there were both Reed Warblers
and Sedge Warblers. I
noticed a pretty bird with a reddish hue fly rapidly (direct like a Wren)
through a clearing in the bushes and this I have put down as my first tick
for a Sedge Warbler.
of House Martins
filled the sky over the Adur Levels, notably over the fields north of Cuckoo's
the foot of the South Downs Way path as it crosses the Steyning to Shoreham
road, my first Orange Tip Butterfly
of the year fluttered by, the flicker of the orange wing tips of the male
pleasing to observe. On the cyclepath
from the South Downs Way Bridge (over the River Adur)
to Old Shoreham, there was at least one Brimstone
Butterfly, several Small
White Butterflies, at least one Holly
Blue Butterfly that caught my attention
as I cycled slowly along.
Butterfly List 2004
were two Coots
in Burwell's Farm pond (TQ 197 063)
on the early approaches to Lancing College.
in the field to the east of Hoe Court Cottages, north Lancing (on the route
from the Sussex Pad to Lancing Clump) are
now there in abundance, whereas they had not showed on 16
by June Brown
was a handsome Peacock Butterfly
at Cuckoo's Corner. Two Speckled
Woods, a handful of Small
Whites, a few Small
Tortoiseshells, mostly orange and slightly
faded, but one reddish one, all around Botolphs. There were over a hundred
of Cowslips on the grass by the cyclepath
between Old Shoreham and Shoreham Cement Works. In a ditch
by the cyclepath the Water Crowfoot, Ranunculus
peltatus, was identified by its flower
and leaves. A couple of pairs of Goldfinches
brought some added colour from amongst the small trees that lined the cyclepath.
was thunder rumbling over the distant downs to the east.
was not until I almost stepped on it that the large
speckled brown bird took to the air with a
flurry as the heavyweight took a second to become airborne from the Creeping
and Stinging Nettle in the narrow field next to stream
that leads from the Steyning Road (A283)
the Waterworks. It was probably a hen
It looked incongruous by the waterside, but Pheasants
are known from the adjoining fields.
streamside vegetation housed a badly injured Emperor
pavonia, which was too damaged to fly away and an Egg
Yolk Fungus, Bolbitius
vitellinus, that was so dried out that it had gone white as straw.
flushed a couple of red partridges
hiding up in some cleared trees on New Monks
Farm adjacent to the private road on the western edge of this large
wasted area. The birds, which were distinctly red, flew off rapidly towards
the east. I have belatedly identified these birds as Common
Tip Butterfly and a Green-veined
White Butterfly were seen in my Shermanbury
garden. The Dripping Tap Bird (Coal Tit)
very noisy with its non-stop dripping sounds. This is not as annoying as
in the trees. A female Pheasant
has a nest in a bush. I have heard scratching from the bush from where
I nearly stepped on her a few days ago. The male Pheasant
strolled about just outside the back patio doors.
were at least 30 clumps of Cowslips
on the cyclepath between Old Shoreham and Shoreham Cement Works, with other
prominent plants in flower including Green
Alkanet with its blue flowers, and the
Celandine and Dandelions.
one stream, the Water
Crowfoot, Ranunculus sp., was beginning
to unveil its white flowers.
Freshwater Streams and Ditches
Freshwater Links Page
first Speckled Wood Butterfly
of the year was recorded on the footpath between the Lancing College entrance
road going towards Hoe Court Cottages on the route to Lancing
Clump. There were no Cowslips
to be seen this year (yet) in the
field on the north side of this footpath.
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possibly Syrphus ribesii
settled amongst the Stinging Nettles and other wild flowers on the Waterworks
Road. It was just one of the many flying
insects out in the sunshine as the temperature reached 17.6
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Tit in a bright plumage flew a metre or
so in front of me and then landed in a bush at the entrance of the layby
near Withy Patch, Lancing. I usually think of this tiny bird as one in
small flocks of a dozen or more birds in winter only as I have not seen
signs of their large nests in local trees. Fifteen minutes later I spotted
the silhouette of another one flying between the bushes south-east
of Old Shoreham Toll Bridge.
a visit to my Shermanbury
garden despite there being no food on offer.
Wood south-east of Small Dole provided the
first Comma Butterfly
of the year, together with a couple of snakes
curled up on a bank in the sun. These were not identified but thought to
cyclepath north of Old Shoreham
just before the disused Cement Works at Beeding, I noticed the first yellow
in flower. The Robin Redbreast was
present and allowing for the individual territories the number of birds
seemed to be at a greater density than would be found in suburban gardens.
saw my first Small White Butterfly of
the year, south-east of the Toll
Bridge, in the sunshine by the eroded
chalk riverbank and my first bright yellow Brimstone
Butterfly at Cuckoo's
lizards rapidly skittered into cover at the base of the flint walls south-east
of the Toll
the grass on the river sunny side in mid-afternoon. These lizards appear
to be the same species found at the Old
Fort (Shoreham Beach) and I have penned these as the the
(or Viviparous) Lizard, Zootoca
vivipara. There were probably many
more lizards but the old flint sea wall was a ruin with innumerable hiding
places for small reptiles.
Tortoiseshell Butterflies settled on the
bare chalk south-east of the Toll
Bridge and these butterflies had a tendency towards redness in colour.
One pair danced around each other and flew over to the airport side of
the river, covering the 100 metres width of the estuary
(at low tide) in a few seconds.
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road verges by Lancing Manor and the Withy Patch were adorned with yellow
profusions of Dandelions
and Lesser Celandine
and blue patches of Germander Speedwell.
It looked like the first emergence of spring in the blue cloudless sky,
with the buzzing of the Buff-tailed
terrestris, and a small
red multi-spotted ladybird.
ladybird has now been identified as a red colour variety of the Ten-spotted
decempunctata. The books usually shows
it as an orangey-yellow ladybird.
a partridge at
Partridge Green should be regarded as ordinary, and this one was seen at
Bines Bridge where the B2135
road crosses the Adur one mile to the south, and in an area of wetland
countryside. This plump bird was not identified by species but could have
been the native Grey Partridge,
the introduced Red-legged (French) Partridge,
or the Chukar,
another introduced species.
by Mike Burtt I
have only seen the Common
Partridge in the urban coastal area (Andy
Green derives its name from John Partrych who was the owner of the
green around 1300, and one source has conjectured that his name meant that
he was a hunter of partridges.
the most magnificent bird I have ever seen in the Adur area, a pale fawnish-brown
Owl flew majestically in a straight line
above the Ricardo test track opposite the Sussex Pad Hotel (at the southern
end of the Coombes Road) and then veered into the cover of the trees. The
bird flew at 4:45 pm GMT
in bright sunshine so the view was far from fleeting. I was struck by the
size of this bird as it appeared much bigger than expected, especially
its head which was looking in my direction. (The book size says it is no
bigger than a Kestrel.)
seemed to more numerous than in previous years, a handful noted on the
ploughed fields to the south-east of Cuckoo's
Corner. For virtually the whole of this month there has been a score
or more Moorhens
in the private (Lancing College) field next to Ladywell Stream on the west
side of the Coombes Road (see the photograph
the woods on the Mill Hill slopes on the
eastern side of the Waterworks Road, the Jew's
Ear Fungus, Hirneola
auricola-judae, was still fruiting, although
large masses had turned into a gooey mess.
first Brimstone Butterfly of
the year fluttered in my Shermanbury
have flown from the lower Adur estuary and
are now looking for breeding areas further inland, e.g. in the lowland
fields near Shermanbury, where some breeding areas are disturbed by grazing
were a pair of Mallards
in the polluted stream amongst the Macrocarpa
(Monterey Cypress Trees) row in the Adur Riverbank
Industrial Estate (north of the railway line, north of Ropetackle, Shoreham).
pairs of Great Spotted Woodpeckers
their partners around the tree tops opposite
Corner (TQ 202 067) on
the Coombes road. They made a tremendous commotion as they performed their
antics, with a rattling trill-like call that was repeated at regular intervals.
At times it seemed if two males were competing over one female and at another
time, it seemed that there were two separate pairs. This was the first
time I had seen more than one of these woodpeckers at the same time. There
woodpeckers chased each other up the tree trunks and flew from the larger
branches to another tall tree seen amongst the bare branches until they
were hidden amongst the ivy. There were a mixture of mature and decaying
trees and this would seem a likely breeding area for these attractive birds.
was a lot of bird song along the Coombes road, one call a very harsh single
squeal that stood out amongst the melodies and clicking calls. I have no
idea what bird can make such a noise?
white rumped deer were spotted in the fields overlooked by Lancing College
and close to Ricardo's
test strip (east of the Coombes road at its traffic lights junction with
the A27) at around 10:00 am.
Deer are frequently seen around the Adur
Levels and these fitted the book description.
bird of prey) was seen being chased by a Black-headed
Gull before it descended into the reed
beds near Shoreham Airport.
the last few days, every single species of the regular birds were seen
in their usual or larger numbers in all habitats in the lower Adur valley,
except I did not catch sight of the brilliant blue wings of a Kingfisher
until today, arrowing over the polluted stream amongst the Macrocarpa
(Monterey Cypress Trees) row in the Adur Riverbank
Industrial Estate (north of the railway line, north of Ropetackle, Shoreham)
where the waste land and cyclepath of the old railway track meets the town.
210 053). A
seen in the same area last winter.
north of Ladywell's on the Coombes Road
are not an extensive feature of the downs in
can be found bordering country roads
was a small flock of half a dozen Song
Thrushes in the reeds and bushes at the
northern end of Shoreham Airport runway. Song
Thrushes are regulars in this area, but they
are usually single birds singing to their mate.
is a possibility that these were Redwings
tend to occur in flocks. On the face of it the latter would seem more likely,
but they looked more like Song Thrushes
to me? The other explanation could be that single Redwings
were venturing into gardens?)
from Old Shoreham northwards was still muddy and lacking anything of special
interest. Everything was rather sombre and lacking in sparkle. Robin
Tits and Wrens
were the most noticeable of birds.
College reflected in the river
there were Mallards,
two Little Grebes
and Black-headed Gulls on
the mid-tide River Adur.
but not incongruous or even unexpected, a flock of fifty Lapwings
were settled on the horse's field immediately to the south of Mill
Hill Nature Reserve and south of the A27.
As usual there were Crows,
at least thirty in the same verdant field and nine Pied
Wagtails were counted.At the Withy
Patch there was a small chirm of about five
and other birds singing in the bushes in the late afternoon.
single House Martin
was seen flying low up the River Adur this afternoon
at 3:00 pm just
south of the Toll Bridge for five
minutes or so before heading up the Adur Valley. This is an extraordinary
early record for this summer migrant.Report
by Bob Kent (Lancing) on the
Birds Yahoo Group The
Argus reported a Pike
of 13 kg (28 lb 12 oz) caught by Joe
Raczkowski from the freshwater reaches of
the River Adur.
It seems inconceivable to me that these fish could grow to this size in
the confines of the Adur and were almost certainly introduced as already
large fish. Large Pike
were caught in the other rivers of Sussex by the same angler.
of three Foxes were playing in the
open field immediately to the north of the Waterworks House (and the wooded
land that surrounded it), north of Old Shoreham, and could be seen from
the ridge of Mill
Barn Owl flew in the early morning light
(7:20 am) over
New Monks Farm, Lancing, near the Withy Patch layby. Owl
Report by Richard
Ives on Sussex
Ornithological Society News NB:
There have been several reports of this bird from different observers and
it appears to be a regular at dawn and dusk. (It
was seen again by Richard Ives
on 9 February 2004.)
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and drab with just a trace of decay: is there
a single descriptive word that describes a rather dull and dismal cycle
ride along the Coombes road to Botolphs back along the cyclepath on the
east side of river? It was also dank in the air and underfoot, the dull
and doleful scene scarcely improved by a scattering of Moorhens
in the fields next to the Ladywell Stream (between Cuckoo's Corner and
Coombes) and a small chirm of Goldfinches
near the disused Cement Works.
was a dreich
handsome flock of black and white Jacob sheep in a pasture west
of Botolphs would have gone unmentioned on a less depressing day. They
trotted away when I took the camera out.
of the Coombes Road (Supplementary)
Aerial Photograph of the Adur Levels and the Downs
Woody Species Identification Guide
(20+) followed by Robin Redbreasts
(4+) were the commonest birds on the Downslink
cyclepath north of the Toll Bridge
towards Upper Beeding and Bramber.
visited the bird watching hide at Wood's Mill Nature Reserve, Small Dole,
(HQ of the Sussex
and at first there was nothing to see but after a short while we were delighted
to see a Siskin and
a Tree Creeper
and a Nuthatch.
was the first time we had been to Woods Mill since the redesign of the
the stroud by the Withy Patch, New Monks
Farm, Lancing, the Jew's Ear Fungus,
auricola-judae, was beginning to turn
was another white fungus or lichen on the trunk of a living tree amongst
the prevalent rotten wood.
of Lancing (by Ray Hamblett)
very little colour and green vegetation on the Downslink cyclepath, and
patches of standing water and mud, sometimes the shyer birds make their
presence known, but there was very little to see, Blue
Tits were noticeable and a few Moorhens
in the fields on the west side of the river next to Ladywell Stream (near
Cuckoo's Corner, on the Coombes Road). A couple of yellow patches of Gorse
stood out and the thorny stalks of the Rose
Hips still held a few red berries.
Road and Butterfly Copse 2004 (Link)
of Velvet Shank,
velutipes fungus were growing
on at least three Elm
trees to the north of Cuckoo's Corner.
is a typical species of late autumn throughout the winter. It is a remarkable
species since it has its own built in antifreeze and can go through frosts
unfazed and resume dropping spores immediately afterwards. Indeed, its
growth and spore production are stimulated by cold.
Streams and Ditches, Lower Adur Valley
TO THE ADUR LEVELS REPORTS UP TO 2003
Adur Levels (MultiMap) including Lancing Clump and Mill Hill
Address for sending in wildlife reports from the lower Adur valley
are welcome, especially high quality images Only
a selection will be included and only reports with the name of the reporter