to the January 2009 Nature Notes
were thousands of birds on the River
at low tide, notably thousands of Lapwings,
thousands of medium-sized gulls, mainly Common
Gulls, hundreds of Dunlins,
occasional Grey Plover,
a few Cormorants
and Mute Swans,
scores of Great Black-backed Gulls and
hundreds of Black-headed Gulls
all noted in the area between the Railway
Viaduct and Cuckoo's Corner.
Thousands of Common Gulls
settled on the ploughed field north of Cuckoo's Corner.
Thistles were still flowering
by the Reservoir on
Mill Hill, but after
the rain deluge
or for some other reason the prickly stems were bent and the purple flowers
were drooping down. Just a few Sow Thistles
were noted on
the road edge.
was washed up dead on the beach by Brooklands Boating Lake, east Worthing
near the Lancing border. It was 1.5 metres long (adults attain a length
of 2 metres).
of forty Crows
alerted me to a small wreck of Starfish,
rubens, of several hundred were washed
up on the strandline opposite the Burrells
road. There were a frequent egg cases of
the Lesser Spotted Dogfish, Scyliorhinus
canicula, a few Whelks,
undatum, as well as the usual wreck
and Slipper Limpets, Crepidula
2 December 2008
were seen in the early evening in Shoreham one
casually ambling across Middle Road near the Open Space.