saw a female Brown
Hairstreak on an Eryngium
in my garden (close to Mill
and House Martins
swooped over Mill Hill prior to migration south. Butterflies
were still in flight and the count of Adonis
on the 1.2 acre transect
on the lower slopes of Mill Hill was 122.
Other species seen during the morning were frequent Holly
Blues and Speckled
Woods in the hedgerows, frequent Common
Blues and Small
Heath Butterflies plus one Brown
on Mill Hill, occasional Chalkhill Blues
on the Mill Hill Cutting (SW) and frequent
soared over Lancing Ring.
about in a Force 6
Strong Breeze gusting to Gale Force 8, the
conditions were far from ideal for butterflies
after the recent rain. Adonis
(80) and Meadow Browns
75) were very frequently seen on Mill Hill, but Holly
Blues (est 35+) were also frequent on
the outskirts of north Shoreham. On the Mill
Hill Cutting there were at least eight pristine male Chalkhill
and seven worn females. Twelve butterfly species
were seen in two hours.
Blues & Meadow
of the year teneral male Migrant Hawker,
mixta, was one of two dragonflies
on the the Buckingham Cutting area south. The
other one was definitely a Southern Hawker.
were common from the Slonk Hill Cutting to
Buckingham Cutting, north Shoreham, with five Volucella
zonaria seen in five different locations,
and one Volucella inanis.
on a hedgerow foraging trip for blackberries,
and apples on the Shoreham outskirts, I still kept my eye open for
the butterflies and I wondered if the Gatekeepers
were still around. No, not in the Brambles
scrub of the southern bank of the Buckingham Cutting,
north Shoreham, the suspect turned out to be my first confirmed Brown
Hairstreak in Shoreham,
(TQ 219 065), which has made me more confident
about my two previous
sightings on Mill Hill. It was a male
in an area where Blackthorn
bushes were not known but it is so overgrown that they may occur.
butterflies on the outskirts of Shoreham were frequent Holly
Blues, male Common
Blues and Large
Whites, 21 Chalkhill
(12 males and 8 females on Mill Hill Cutting SW) occasional Speckled
Whites and Meadow
and one female Common Blue.
A couple of Speckled Woods
were seen attempting to mate and I think this may also be a first time
I have seen this. The large hoverfly
Volucella zonaria landed on some Goldenrod.
Only my second Common Lizard
of the year skittered
up the Pixie Path where there was a Chalkhill
Blue and Common
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the cloudy autumnal weather conditions,
the blue butterflies
were out and about with over fifty Holly
on the outskirts of Shoreham and over a hundred each of Chalkhill
on Mill Hill. Both Chalkhill
spotted mating. Three Hornet Robber Flies
change for a damp autumn with
where the immigrant flocks of Starlings
dived into the berried Elderberry
bushes and the Sloes
were already in berry and the early berries (haws) of Hawthorn
turned from green to red.
the shingle near the Old Fort,
Beach, the white rear of a Wheatear
was easily spotted as it flew around prior to emigration south.
first Garden Orb Spider,
seen spinning its web amongst the berried Brambles
on the Coastal-Downs
Link Cyclepath, Old Shoreham. The
Blue Butterfly seen on Shoreham
Beach (near the Old Fort) and shown in
the photograph above may be the variety/abberration Polyommatus
icarus ab. arcuata.
a cloudy overcast day is good for photographing butterflies
as they may remain still for just that fraction longer. On the lower slopes
of Mill Hill, 68 male Chalkhill
Blues and 53 male Adonis
Blues were recorded in the 1.2 acre transect
in 25 minutes. There were twelve Wall Browns
seen on Mill Hill, over 200 Common Blues
A Hornet Robber Fly landed
on Mill Hill.
Blue & Adonis Blue
butterfly species were seen in the middle of the day.
small group enjoyed a most enjoyable and informative walk around the Lancing
Ring meadows led by Brianne Reeves.
After a rather grey start to the day, (when we began to wonder just how
many butterflies we would see), the clouds
parted and we were blessed with blue skies, bright sunshine and the warmth
that finally encouraged numerous butterflies to emerge from their hiding
places. At least fifteen butterfly species
were seen including plenty of Common Blues,
with Chalkhill Blues,
Browns and an unexpected Silver-washed
was the first time that the Silver-washed
been recorded from Lancing Ring Nature Reserve
on these Nature Notes pages.
was unable to make this walk because somebody stole my bicycle
a difference a day makes: the half acre top meadow (north of the upper
car park) on Mill Hill was still alive
with butterflies, but the half acre now hosted only about a 120 Common
Blues, but they may have dispersed as
surrounding meadow areas were now more densely populated so the total on
the hill does not seem to have diminished in numbers. Brown
plentiful as I ever seen them with at least 30 positively recorded and
many more did a successful imitation of a Common
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the sun finding a gap in the clouds there were reasonably good conditions
for butterfly watching on the parched downs.
I was not in the mood for recording the numbers, but I noted that the Chalkhill
the lower slopes of Mill Hill were slightly less than the previous day,
but only 64 were recorded in the 20 minutes walk on the 1.2
acre transect, which included just the five
In the weak sunshine, I spotted fourteen Wall
Browns seen on Mill Hill and my first
Copper on Mill Hill this year.
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cloudy day and not a day for butterflies
to be out, and at first there were very few to be seen and many hoverflies
were harassing the ones that had tried to settle in the cool conditions.
Two large Hornet Robber Flies,
crabroniformis, my first of the year
settled on the Pixie Path (next to Frampton's
Field, Old Shoreham).
when the sun found a gap in the clouds not many more than a hundred Chalkhill
disturbed on the one acre transect on the lower slopes of Mill
Hill. As there was not even spread over
the steeper slopes this extrapolated to mere 350 on Mill Hill. This is
a very low figure for the peak period.
excess of 700 Common Blue
Butterflies fluttered around and mated
in the one half acre meadow (north of the upper car park) on Mill Hill.
extrapolated to over 1500 on Mill Hill, possibly many more. Other
noteworthy observations were eight Wall
Browns on Mill Hill and the mating of
species of butterfly were noted.