ADUR NATURE NOTES 2016
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August 2016

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EVENTS
 
 


WILDLIFE REPORTS
 
 

26 August 2016

Clouded Yellow

I made a morning visit to Mill Hill to avoid the humid warmth of the midday sun. When the sun warmed up the hill the butterflies came out in their hundreds. Thirteen species and over a hundred each of Adonis Blues (104 in the one acre transect) and Meadow Browns, a handful of Clouded Yellows and the remnants of the Chalkhill Blues were most notable. Later in the day I added a Small Tortoiseshell to the list to make fourteen species
Mill Hill Report

25 August 2016
I was graced by a two second close look at a Kingfisher, flying over Ladywell's Stream on the opposite side of the Coombes Road to the Scout Hut. In a brilliant flash it was gone and it did not reappear over the shallow stream, that hosted Water Mint growing wild. Over the cyclepath just north of Old Shoreham, my first Southern Hawker (dragonfly) of the year, cruised by at a height of about two metres. This was quickly followed by a Common Darter

Rosebay Willowherb
Down's Link Cyclepath
Old Shoreham

But overall there was a distinct autumn appearance to the cyclepath verges with plentiful Fleabane, a few Water Mint flowers, but most of the flowers were fading to be replaced by seeds and the browns of the new season. Sea Aster was beginning to flower on the river mud, with the occasional tiny flowers of Sea Spurrey could be searched out for. Seven common species of butterfly were seen. 
Butterfly List for the Day

15 August 2016

Mill Hill
Clouded Yellow
Painted Lady, Chalkhill Blue Common Blue 

It was harvest time at Old Erringham as the meadows were mown for hay beneath Mill Hill. I chased my first Clouded Yellow Butterfly of 2016 up the steeper slopes of Mill Hill Nature Reserve amongst nearly two hundred butterflies including my first Brown Argus of the year on the lower slopes on a sunny afternoon. Frequent Chalkhill Blues, frequent Common Blues and a few Adonis Blues were amongst 15 species of butterflies.
Full Butterfly Report

12 August 2016

Flounder

The annual Friend's of Shoreham Beach "rockpooling" event at the Old Fort Beach produced  scores of Shore Crabs, Carcinus maenas, and one large Flounder but very little of interest. A small caprellid (= Skeleton Shrimp) and small Brown Shrimps were collected in the youngster's nets amongst the usual tiny prawns and a few Common Gobies. The temporary aquaria housed a few Beadlet Anemones, Actinia equina.

Wall Lizard

I spotted three Wall Lizards, Podarcis muralis, amongst the shingle vegetation by Shoreham Fort, Shoreham Beach in the sunshine. They were very skittish. One of three was on the carnot wall.

11 August 2016

Silver-washed Fritillary

A large brown dragonfly patrolled the large pond at Wood's Mill, Small Dole, and I think this is most likely to be a Hairy Dragonfly which appeared double the size of a Common Darter seen at the same time. In the shaded wooded area, a faded Silver-washed Fritillary and a dark Speckled Wood Butterfly settled briefly. 

8 August 2016

Chalkhill Blue on Carline Thistle

Sixteen species of butterfly were seen on a promising but ultimately disappointing day, mainly a trip to Mill Hill.
Adur Butterfly Day List

6 August 2016

This rather plain looking moth was found indoors. It seems most likely that is the rarely recorded Plumed Fanfoot
Pechipogo plumigeralisThis is thought to be an immigrant or recently established resident. 

Adur Moths

5 August 2016

Mill Hill
Gatekeeper, Dingy Footman, Small Tortoiseshell, Chalkhill Blue
Painted Lady, Pyrausta despicata, Peacock
Wall Brown,  Pyrausta purpuralis, Green-veined White, Adonis Blue

Not so lucky on Mill as two days ago. Just 11 species on the downs with only 30 male Chalkhill Blues, over fifty Meadow Browns, Wall Brown (4), Peacocks, Red Admirals,Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady,Adonis Blue, Green-veined Whites, Gatekeepers,Large Whites and a Common Blue.
Mill Hill Report (with moths)

3 August 2016

Butterflies in a Gale
Silver-spotted Skipper, Chalkhill Blue, Painted Lady
Wall Brown, Adonis  Blue, Chalkhill Blue

It was so windy on Mill Hill, I nearly turned for home immediately, and I only persevered because of the bright orange of a Painted Lady Butterfly. Many of the butterflies were resting but I was very surprised to spot a second brood male Adonis Blue (11 days earlier than last year). Even allowing for a cool day, the number of male Chalkhill Blues was disappointing on Mill Hill with only 28 in a half acre transect. Altogether, in about 90 minutes, I recorded an unexpected 13 species of butterfly  including a first ever Silver-spotted Skipper (see below). 

PS:  After examining the photographs at home, I discovered my first ever Silver-spotted Skipper on the lower slopes of Mill Hill in the corner of an image, not seen at the time.

Full Butterfly Report

1 August 2016

Slithering and sliding through the Tor Grass, the adult Black Adder seemed to sense me and reversed direction before my camera could focus. At first, it was coiled up looking like a discarded belt on the lower slopes of Mill Hill. I spotted a Common Lizard by an ants nest with at least a dozen Slow Worms on the southern top part of Mill Hill near the road. 
Eight species of butterfly were seen in under an hour until my visit to Mill Hill was interrupted by light rain. 
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