Saltings Field
Freshwater Streams, near Botolphs            2004

24 July 2004
A Peacock Butterfly is seen in this area, but no damselflies or dragonflies. A Grey Heron was also spotted.

Report by Jan Hamblett (Lancing Nature)
21 July 2004
3-spined Sticklebacks are much handsomer than the 10-spined Sticklebacks, especially when the larger of the two freshwater native species are in their breeding colours, in a stream by an Oak Tree next to the South Links cyclepath north of Botolphs. They could be seen with Whirligig Beetles and Water Skaters on the surface in a patch of clear water; a dragonfly larva, Lesser (Frontswimmer) Water Boatmen and a drowning grasshopper were submerged. There was a red Ruddy Darter, Sympetrum sanguineum,on the bank next to what looks like a set-aside field full of Ragwort and Creeping Thistles. There was an umbellifer in the stream itself rising above the shallow (30 cm depth) water. Gatekeeper Butterflies were found in this area and they were everywhere in the hedges along the cyclepath. A Moorhen ran across the dense vegetation, including the floating Duckweed, that covered 98% of the stream. This water bird disappeared and could not be seen on the edge; this was despite the Environment Agency having just mechanically removed most of the the streamside vegetation. A passer-by said that the stream had large open patches of clear water, without the edge to edge Duckweed just one week earlier

Adur Levels
Adur Damselflies and Dragonflies
Probably a Water Dropwort species Ruddy Darter

This was the first record of a Ruddy Darter, Sympetrum sanguineum, on these Nature Notes pages from this stream. This dragonfly has probably been overlooked before and mistaken for a Common Darter.

Darter ID by Andy Harmer on the Freshwater Life of North-western Europe Smart Group


Aquatic Plants


Adur Levels 2004
Freshwater Habitats

Narrow Field next to the stream between the Steyning Road and the Waterworks
New Monks Farm 2004

Garden Pond Page

Plant Adaptations to Aquatic Life