Freshwater Streams and Ditches, Lower Adur Valley 


9 September 2012

One-rowed Water Cress, Nasturtium microphyllum.
One-rowed Water Cress
Nasturtium microphyllum
Blue Water Speedwell  Veronica anagallis-aquatica
Blue Water Speedwell

ID  of Blue Water Speedwell by Keith Lugg
Water Plants

21 September 2007
Water Cress flowering in the stream by the Downs Link Cyclepath south of the Cement Works. 

I originally thought this could be Water Cress, Rorippa nasiturtium-aquaticum. When I asked for double-checking, other people raised doubts. It is even less likely to be the Fool's Water Cress, Apium nodiflorum
Possibly the One-rowed Water Cress, Nasturtium microphyllum

15 July 2004
The Water Crowfoot, Ranunculus peltatus, is showing more flowers in a different place in the stream than at any time previously in the year.
Pond Water Crowfoot Photograph taken on 15 July 2004

12 July 2004
Late Afternoon
A possible flying Ringlet Butterfly, was rejected as I could not get a proper look, amongst the onmipresent Meadow Browns by a stream adjacent to the cyclepath just south of the disused Cement Works at Upper Beeding. The butterfly rose and flew away into the Hawthorn hedges that were virtually trees. It seemed to have ringed dots on its underwing and any later observations of this butterfly (by me) may lead me to confirm this sighting. This sighting was a brown specimen when the previous one seen was the grey form. Both sexes of Meadow Brown were present and flirting.

28 April 2004
There were three colourful drake Mallards by the stream illustrated below and the Water Crowfoot, Ranunculus peltatus, in flower, but nothing much of interest and the ditch did not look as attractive as before. In the photograph, the leaf of the Water Crowfoot can be observed in the bottom right of the image.

19 April 2004
This stream illustrated below is off the cyclepath through a gap in a locked gate off the cyclepath from Old Shoreham just before Shoreham Cement Works (this is a short cut to the River Adur towpath). There were half a dozen legless Frog tadpoles resting on the mud. A Song Thrush foraged for worms nearby.

Teasel leaves
If you look closely, the 
Water Crowfoot, Ranunculus peltatus,
can be seen in flower

The following drainage ditches are in the first pasture on the left (west) when travelling north along the cyclepath from Old Shoreham to Bramber:

12 February 2004

Waterscape view: the water runs into the pipe
This submerged vegetation is typical of the local ditches 

This pond or drainage ditch on the edge of the field contains a small amount of water throughout the year and 3-spined Sticklebacks can be seen sometimes if the viewer is prepared to wait long enough. It occurs through a wooden gate on to private property along the cyclepath from Old Shoreham just before Shoreham Cement Works (this is a short cut to the River Adur towpath). This area has not so far been noted for anything unusual, although Green-veined White Butterflies have been discovered nearby.


Adur Levels 2004
Freshwater Habitats

Spring Dyke next to the Miller Stream (North of Old Shoreham)
New Monks Farm 2004

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Plant Adaptions to Aquatic Life