ADUR NATURE NOTES 2015
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April 2015

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2015  Regional


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EVENTS


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Blackthorn with Hawthorn leaf



WILDLIFE REPORTS
 

22 April 2015
Eleven species of butterfly were seen on and around Mill Hill on a day where the lower slopes were sheltered from the fresh breeze from the east. They included my first Red Admiral, Comma, Dingy Skipper and Wall Brown of the year. The Clouded Yellow Butterfly was still restless over the lower slopes. 
Butterfly Report

My first Large Red Damselfly of the year was seen at the top of Chanctonbury Drive, north Shoreham. 

21 April 2015
Completely unplanned, my second visit to Mill Hill in as many days was rewarded by a completely unexpected Clouded Yellow Butterfly flying over the lower slopes. They have never been seen so early before and the only other early one was seen in 2007.

Two Grizzled Skippers also made their first appearance of the year on the lower slopes with scores of the pyralid micro-moth Pyrausta nigrata visiting the abundant Dog Violets and the occasional Sweet Violet. Other butterflies in flight in the late afternoon on the downs were frequent Peacocks, and at least one Brimstone
Adur Butterfly List 2015

20 April 2015
My first House Martin of the year was seen flying to and fro over Mill Hill. Previously I had recorded by first Large White Butterfly in Corbyn Crescent, Shoreham, and more of them over the top of Chanctonbury Drive, north Shoreham, with my first Speckled Wood Butterfly  of the year. 
Adur Butterfly List 2015

13 April 2015
A Stoat gambolled across the Waterworks Road, Old Shoreham, roughly underneath the Flyover
 
9 April 2015
A Peacock Butterfly in the Butterfly Copse next to the Waterworks Road and a Small Tortoiseshell near the Toll Bridge were probably the same butterflies seen previously.

8 April 2015
Blackthorn was in full flower at Cuckoo's Corner where the first Hawthorn appeared in leaf. My first Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly of the year was spotted at the eastern end of the Toll Bridge. The faded butterfly landed on an Alexander
 
7 April 2015
Blackthorn was flowering next to the Steyning Road in Old Shoreham. A Small White Butterfly briefly showed.
Adur Butterfly List 2015

6 April 2015
My first positively identified butterfly of the year was a Brimstone by the railway track west of Lancing station as the train whizzed past. The second was a faded Peacock Butterfly in the sun over Shoreham Beach Green by the beach huts. 

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 °C in 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. 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
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