Shoreham Fort Beach
am start prompt to view the beach as the tide
falls to low tide at 11:00
am. Join our resident marine biologist, Steve
Savage to collect and explore the myriad flora
and fauna of the pools that form as the tide
goes out. Children will be fascinated by the tiny fish
and plants. Please wear wellies or beach shoes and bring along plastic
containers for your finds.
are free otherwise £2 per child.
Art Competition follows
large adult Wall
over the carnot
wall of the Shoreham
Beach in the muggy sunshine.
hovered over Mill Hill and one swopped
to land on the steeper slopes. Grasshoppers
hopped about in thousands especially in the longer grass on the southern
part of Mill Hill.
a week of rain, a took my first opportunity
between the showers to visit the lower slopes of Mill Hill in the middle
of the afternoon. It was still too cool for the blue
butterflies to be active but the Carline
Thistle provided an attractant in addition
to the butterflies.
common and I estimate a number of 150+ actually seen with frequent Small
Blues and Chalkhill
Blues, and one Clouded
three days of almost continual rain, I was struck by how quickly the warm
summer had turned into a breezy autumn. Too
cold for butterflies,
and the few bees,
had few wild flowers to visit. At
Shoreham they were seen to visit the first
flowers of Sea Aster
and a clump of Greater Knapweed.
fields had been harvested at Upper Beeding
and a hundred plus Common Gulls
were seen in the air over the fields on the eastern downs.
was washed ashore dead on Shoreham Beach
by the Church of the Good Shepherd.
at Beeding Brooks, Upper Beeding
by Jan Charteris
restricted me to Shoreham town and outskirts
in the afternoon sunshine which was favourable for twelve
species of butterflies
in the town and immediate outskirts (south of the A27).
on a cloudy afternoon to the lower slopes of Mill
Hill was unlikely to be special but I did manage to spot over fifty
before the rain started. Conditions were dull enough to discourage
from active flight and all seen were either disturbed or spotted resting.
The radiant blue of the first of seven male Adonis
Blues caught my eye before the first of
a dozen male Chalkhill Blues.
There were two large brown butterflies which could be either a female Adonis
in good condition of almost certainly a female Chalkhill
Blue which was already worn.
special planned trip to the downland west of
Steyning promised much with an early morning sun, but when we arrived
clouds blotted out the sun and it was too cool for the butterflies
to be active, but was good for photography if the butterflies could be
discovered. On the shady path from Steyning three Speckled
Woods danced between the hedgerows and
a Large White
flew near Rublees Allotments.
A Wall Brown
rose from a clump of Greater Burdock.
But the frequent flashes of orange were Gatekeepers
although they included a resting Small
Heath and my first Small
Copper of the year. A Red
Admiral fluttered in my direction and
nearly landed on me. Credit to Mark Colvin
who spotted a Brown Hairstreak,
high up in a Sycamore,
next to the Ash
It was the only one seen by a group of half a dozen searchers.
It was only the second one I had ever seen.
personal tally was nine butterfly species (including two not seen before
least two Southern Hawkers
flew over the conservation pasture. Grasshoppers
stridulated amongst the grass and crickets with long antennae were spotted
in the taller vegetation. A Great Spotted
from the top of a conifer.
Butterfly List 2015
an unplanned brief visit to the lower slopes of Mill
Hill and its approaches, I spotted my first male second brood Adonis
Blue Butterfly under an overcast sky,
with about a hundred Chalkhill Blues
as well as frequent Holly Blues
and Common Blues.
noted twelve species in just over an hour.
the thunder and rain, a few butterflies
came out in the afternoon: Small Whites
and Large Whites
in Shoreham town. On Buckingham Cutting
(south) I saw a few each of Holly Blues,
one or two Small Blues,
one Red Admiral,
a Silver Y Moth,
Digger Wasps Ectemnius
Slopes of Mill Hill
and Hemp Agrimony
morning was not the optimum time to visit Mill
Hill as the butterflies
had not awoken and I even managed to disturb three resting Clouded
Yellows (they are usually endlessly restless).
Two were on the lower slopes and one on the middle. But I was still unpleasantly
shocked how low the butterfly count in the
transect acre on the lower slopes actually
was. I recorded a mere 39 all male
Blues, 36 Meadow
an estimated 25 Gatekeepers,
five clearly seen Wall Browns,
or two, a male Common Blue,
and a few Large Whites.
the middle of Mill Hill some of the paths had been cleared and were passable
whereas they weren't on my last visit. The Buddleia
hosted Peacock Butterflies
and Red Admirals.
species of butterfly were seen in the morning.
most interesting occurrence of the whole day was three Kestrels
hovering over and one landing on the northern south-facing slopes of Anchor
Bottom. I assume that some if not all of these were juveniles hatched
a misty day a Clouded
Yellow Butterfly fluttered over the lower
slopes of Mill Hill on an afternoon inimical
for the appearance of butterflies.
species of butterfly
were seen on Mill Hill in the sunshine.
The colourful vanessid
butterflies were frequently
seen on the Buddleia,
Agrimony and Marjoram
on the middle slopes of Mill Hill. Peacock
Butterflies were spectacular opening the
wings but rarely keeping still for more than seconds. There was one Painted
the lower slopes the Chalkhill Blues were
exiguous with only 22 males fluttering about in the middle to late afternoon.
Browns were more than usual with fifteen
all over Mill Hill. Common
were present in the upper meadows.
Beach Weather Station
Nature Notes 2013