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Adur Valley Wildlife


Freshwater Habitats 2006 - 2008

Southern Migrant Hawker (Photograph by Ray Hamblett)

Southern Migrant Hawker, Aeshna affinis
Photograph by Ray Hamblett (Lancing Nature Gallery
on the flickr Sussex Wildlife Gallery


WILDLIFE REPORTS
 

8 May 2008
Yellow Flag Iris was seen in the Annington Sewer (next to the Saltings Field, Botolphs). 
 
26 April 2008
At the Saltings Field stream (Annington Sewer just north-east of Botolphs) small Whirligig Beetles gyrated on the surface of the stream by the Oak Tree. There were probably over a hundred of them on the surface of the water. 

21 August 2006 
Moorhens scampered over the water in the stream by the River Adur.
 

At the Saltings Field stream (just north-east of Botolphs) the Water Dropwort had been cleared from the stream and several hundred small Whirligig Beetles gyrated on the surface of the stream by the Oak Tree. 
Adur Levels

2 August 2006
A large female Southern Hawker buzzed me by the stream at the northern edge of the Saltings Field near Botolphs. This was the first of these spectacular insects I had seen for over a year. Two Ruddy Darters and a handful of Blue-tailed Damselflies were also seen. 

14 July 2006
I thought I would like to see some dragonflies myself, but blown along by a Fresh Breeze (Force 5) in 22.7 ºC sunshine, the best I could manage was a Broad-bodied Chaser east of Botolphs (on the Cyclepath north of the South Downs Way Bridge over the Adur) and a dozen Blue-tailed Damselflies on the same drainage ditch 100 metres further north. The observation of the damselflies rather inferred that the larger predatory dragonflies were not on patrol. 

Water Dropwort

                  Water Dropwort

13 July 2006
Southern Migrant Hawker (Photograph by Ray Hamblett)
A splendid Southern Migrant Hawker, Aeshna affinis, and both male and female Ruddy Darters were captured on camera. They were discovered on the Adur Levels about a half mile north of the A27 Flyover. The dragonflies were seen in the narrow area of the drainage ditches and pastures between the cyclepath and the River Adur. (TQ 202 075). (This is very close to where I visited the day before.) The Southern Migrant Hawker is a rare immigrant dragonfly and the last one was discovered in Kent in 1952. 
Identification by David Appleton
Photographs by Ray Hamblett (Lancing Nature Gallery
on the flickrSussex Wildlife Gallery
Report with Images
Adur Dragonflies 2006

18 May 2006
Azure Damselflies, Coenagrion puella, seen for the first time this year, were frequently seen on the Spring Dyke and they appear to have just emerged from the adjacent Miller's Stream.
 

10 May 2006
 
Red Damsels

Six pairs of Large Red-tailed Damselflies were mating on the surface vegetation the stream by the Oak tree, north of Botolphs. 
Adur Damsels & Dragonflies 2006
 
 
 

Miller's Stream on 1 February 2006



 
 
 
 
 
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