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December 2006


Reports by Andy Horton from personal observation unless otherwise indicated
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Lancing Clump

Trevor Haddrell's seat (Photograph by David Nicholas) 27 February 2005

If you knew Who sits beside you, you could never fear
I am where the fire cannot burn, and the cold cannot freeze

Photograph by David Nicolas

Adur Levels
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25 December 2006
Christmas Day was overcast, with an air temperature of 6.7 ºC and a Light Breeze (Force 2) at midday. 

21 December 2006
At dusk a smallish, probably a male, Sparrowhawk was seen in the Hawthorn tree at the bottom of my south Lancing back garden (TQ 185 046).
Female Sighting

17 December 2006
A Red Admiral Butterfly and large bumblebee were disturbed in Corbyn Crescent, Shoreham. 

Report by Andy Thorne
Adur Butterfly List 2006

12 December 2006
A Great Northern Diver and three Red-breasted Mergansers swam in Shoreham Harbour in the canal at the eastern end by the fish merchants and Hove Lagoon. 

Report by June Brown
Great Northern Diver image on the Birds of Sussex web page
Birds of Sussex News

A lump of Tertiary Lignite (sea coal) was washed up on Southwick beach.

11 December 2006
There was a Spotted Woodpecker in or north Shoreham garden (a large garden in Downside, near the Slonk Hill embankment, north of Buckingham Park, Shoreham-by-Sea), after an absence of several months.

Report by Paul Ockenden

NB: This bird was never recorded in a garden bird survey in a garden to the west of Buckingham Park.
Shoreham Town & Gardens 2006
Conger (Photograph by Dave Mason)
9 or 10 December
A two metre long Conger Eel, Conger conger, was washed up dead on Shoreham Beach after the gales
Report and Photograph by Dave Mason

9 December 2006
A Great Northern Diver was photographed in Shoreham Harbour canal at Southwick.
Link to the image by Ian Barnard (Birds of Sussex

8 December 2006
A small Goldcrest flitted around the ground shrubbery in my south Lancing back garden (TQ 185 046).

Report by Ray Hamblett

7 December 2006
At 3:37 pm it felt like being hit by a mini-tornado as the wind gust was measured at 61 mph (Light Tornado Intensity 1).
Shoreham Weather 2006

6 December 2006

Sparrowhawk (Photograph by Ray Hamblett)

This female Sparrowhawk spent several minutes just before 2:00 pm on a branch of the Hawthorn at the bottom of my south Lancing back garden (TQ 185 046).

Partridge, Photograph by David Roberts (Shoreham Beach)

A Red-legged Partridge was seen wandering around the tiny paved gardens in Emerald Quay on Shoreham Beach. This bird wandered around and did not fly off immediately. 

Report and Photograph by David Roberts (Shoreham Beach)

Wood Blewit, Lepista nuda, mushrooms grow on the leaf litter and not in the soil as written in some of the books. These mushrooms were still frequently seen in the the Maple Spinney between the Steyning Road and the Waterworks Road. The older mushrooms had lost their bluish tinge and were beginning to turn brownish. 
3 December 2006
At 4:12 am a gust of 59 mph (Storm Force 10) was recorded by the . No obvious damage was seen in Shoreham, although people were reported awoken by the noise of the wind. 
Shoreham Weather Reports 2006
Beaufort Scale
° C
1st 12.3 13.3 10.7
2nd 12.2 13.2 11.6
3rd 11.2 12.2 9.7
4th 12.1 13.4 10.7
5th 12.7 13.7 11.4

This year has been the warmest autumn on record. These early December temperatures were the warmest recorded. 
Shoreham Beach Weather History

Garden Bird Database 2006


Adur Nature Notes  December 2005 Reports

Flora of Shoreham-by-Sea
Shoreham and District Ornithological Society
Lancing Village

MultiMap Aerial Photograph of the Adur Levels and Downs

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