ADUR NATURE NOTES 2013
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February 2013

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Reports by Andy Horton from personal observation unless otherwise indicated
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EVENTS

Imbolc: First Day of Spring


WILDLIFE REPORTS
 
 

21 February 2013
There was a chill in the wind in Shoreham, but four miles north at Steyning, the wind chill was not felt on my face. 
In the churchyard of St. Andrew in Steyning, and nearby, I spotted my first wild growing Snowdrops, Primroses, Daffodils of the year, and a small blue flower I did not recognise. On the River Adur by the Surry Public Hard, a small flock of four Ringed Plovers foraged on the mud closer to the shore than usual at low tide. My small garden pond was covered by a thin layer of ice. 

7, 14-15 February 2013
A juvenile Common Seal, Phoca vitulina, has been spending time in the River Adur. The seal was first seen on 7th February in the morning, It appeared that the seal had swum back out to sea. However, on the 14th February the seal was hauled out on the estuary mud on the south side of the river opposite Surry Public Hard, and reported again in a different location on 15th February by the Shoreham Port Authority


18 February 2013
I was surprised to see my first butterfly of the year. A fine Peacock Butterfly rose from the path* amongst the scrub on Mill Hill and away over the Old Man's Beard. (*Path on the continuation north from the lower slopes.) Sweet Violets were in flower
Mill Hill Report
Adur Violets
Butterfly List 2013

8 February 2013
On an overcast day, there was almost nothing of interest and less than the normal number of gulls on the river with no Lapwings despite the low tide.  North of the Toll Bridge, two adult Little Grebes dived under the shallow stream of water. 
 
 
 

February 2012 Reports

Shoreham Weather 2013

Adur Nature Notes 2012


Butterfly List 2012
Flora of Shoreham-by-Sea
Shoreham and District Ornithological Society
Lancing Village
 

Shoreham Weather 2013
 
 

MultiMap Aerial Photograph of the Adur Levels and Downs
 

Urban Wildlife Webring



 

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