ADUR NATURE NOTES 2014
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WILDLIFE REPORTS
 
 

27 April 2014
An overcast and breezy Mill Hill was alive to the song of birds. I am not sure of the species, as I looked up towards the sound, two Swallows, my first of the year, swooped low over the Blackthorn (which had ceased flowering) on the southern upper part of Mill Hill. Hawthorn was flowering instead. 
 

Horseshoe Vetch
Red Admiral

The lower slopes were more sheltered but it was too cold for butterflies and the only species actively fluttering around was a Small White. I did manage to disturb a few butterflies which were quickly blown about in the breeze. There were at least a dozen Dingy Skippers, at least three Grizzled Skippers, one Wall Brown and a Peacock
Adur Butterfly & Moth Report
 

24 April 2014
A bright flash of the white tail feathers and an immigrant Wheatear was seen in Portslade Cemetery, Victoria Road. 
 
 

23 April 2014
 

Wall Brown
Dingy Skipper

Eleven butterfly species were seen mostly on the outskirts of Shoreham including my first Wall Brown of the year visiting Common Daisies. Hawthorn was now flowering in Shoreham. Thousands of Cowslips were flowering in the central reservation of the A27 west of Slonk Hill Bridge. 
Adur Butterfly Report
Adur Butterflies: First Dates

17 April 2014
Hawthorn was seen in flower for the first time this year at Botolphs, but the flowers were only budding at Old Shoreham. 

Hawthorn

A Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly settled on the towpath near Cuckoo's Corner on the Coombes Road. A Brimstone Butterfly fluttered over the verges near Ladywells followed by a pair of Orange-tip Butterflies. A Speckled Wood Butterfly settled on the cyclepath near Botolphs. 
Cowslips were abundantly in flower on the verges of the cyclepath between Old Shoreham and Upper Beeding. 

16 April 2014
Against the backdrop of a clear blue sky, a Buzzard soared over the New Erringham pastures on the other side of the country road to the east of Mill Hill Nature Reserve. Rabbits scampered into cover by the hedgerows next to the road. On the lower slopes of Mill Hill, the first dozen or flowers of Horseshoe Vetch, Hippocrepis comosa, were showing along with the the first flowers of Milkwort
 

Grizzled Skipper
Green Hairstreak

A Peacock Butterfly, then first of just a few, was first to show over the lower slopes of Mill Hill, where I spotted my first skippers of the year. The first of half a dozen Grizzled Skippers visited violets, followed by three pairs of courting Dingy Skippers. The best discovery was a Green Hairstreak flitting around the Brambles. Eight species of butterfly were seen, three for the first time this year. 
Adur Butterfly Report

14 April 2014
A first of the year Large Red Damselfly settled briefly in the Butterfly Copse next to the Waterworks Road, Old Shoreham.
Adur Dragonfly Reports 2014

11 April 2014
I spotted my first male Orange-tip Butterfly of the year fluttering rapidly and continuously over the road verge north of Ladywell's Stream on the Coombes Road (north of Cuckoo's Corner). 
Adur Butterflies: First Dates

10 April 2014
A trip to Mill Hill in the afternoon (3:30 pm) sunshine was rewarded with the sight of a Stoat slinking along a footpath, (north of the Reservoir) on the upper part of the hill, with a young Rabbit in its mouth. I only got a quick but clear look of about three seconds, but the Stoat looked like it had a white stripe down its length, but I think this was just its white underbelly. The small size of its prey made me think it was only a young Rabbit.
 

Red Admiral
Green-veined White

On the Old Shoreham side of the bridge under the A27 dual carriageway, at the top of Chanctonbury Drive, I expected to see a few butterflies in flight, but not quite so many. A reasonably fresh Red Admiral (2+) was the first to be spotted basking on Alexanders and brambles. As I parked my bike to take a photograph, other butterflies appeared including my first of the year for four species Green-veined Whites (2+), the expected Speckled Woods (6+), an early Holly Blue (2+) a few magnficent Brimstones (2+). One Large White and at least one Small White were also seen in the space of less than ten minutes giving seven species immediately. Mill Hill added Peacock Butterflies and a Small Tortoiseshell to bring my day tally to nine species. 
Lindsey Morris reported both Grizzled Skippers and Dingy Skippers before I arrived on the lower slopes of Mill Hill. 
Butterfly Report
Adur Butterflies: First Dates

April 2014

6 April 2014

Cowslips

1 April 2014
I completed my first transect of the year at Mill Hill: Brimstone 6, Comma 1, Peacock 6, Small Tortoiseshell 1. A Pyrausta nigrata pyralid moth landed in front of me during the survey. 


I saw my first Grizzled Skipper of the year at 10.30 am on the lower slopes of Mill Hill at Shoreham. 

Report by Neil Hulme on Sussex Butterflies

 
 Peacock Butterfly
Small Tortoiseshell

I spotted my first Large White Butterfly of the year over Shoreham Beach and later another one on the east side of the River Adur by the Railway Viaduct with a Peacock Butterfly. There were three separate observations of courting Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies
Adur Butterfly List 2014
Adur Butterflies: First Dates
 
 
 
 
 

March 2014 Reports

April 2013 Reports

Shoreham Weather 2014

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Shoreham Beach Weather Station
 

Adur Nature Notes 2013


Adur Butterfly List 2014
Adur Butterfly Flight Times
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