Wildlife of the
A presentation and discussion
Illustrated talk by Andy
the south downs above the Adur Valley through the eyes of wildlife writer
and photographer Andy Horton, a native Shoreham resident. The chalk downs
are noted for their flowering herbs and the famous butterfly sites at Anchor
Bottom and Mill Hill.
Beeding and Bramber Village Hall which is in Upper Beeding High Street.
Gull Sussex Records
glaucoides, was seen at 8:50
am on Southwick
Beach just west of the power station. It was a large individual with
a pretty large bill. It was seen again by Carat's
Cafe at 10:00
were both energetic bold and two particularly were noted nearing midnight,
one at Kingston Buci leaping over a wall into the school grounds, and another
in Middle Road, Shoreham, in healthy condition and distinct under the street
& 20 January 2009
pairs of Red-breasted Mergansers
dived underneath the surface of Widewater Lagoon.
first major flowering fruits of fungi of the year was a clump of Honey
Fungus seen on a stump in Southwick Recreation
was interesting to note a Stonechat,
torquata, flitting to a fro over the
fringes at the southern end of the
It alternatively flew from a bush on the edge of the river to the concrete
side of the bridge, with occasionally forays landing on the Sea
Purslane at low tide.
were a couple of Oystercatchers
on the river's edge north of the Railway
Viaduct at high tide.
Estuary Reports 2009
the bushes adjacent to the Coastal Link Cyclepath between Old Shoreham
Bridge and Ropetackle I observed a few
of the omnipresent Pied Wagtails,
a small flock of Long-tailed Tits flitting
from shrub to bare tree, and a handful of Meadow
air temperature recorded in Shoreham at 7:00
am at minus 7.3 °C was the lowest
was a considerable amount of feathery Hoar
Frost in the morning. The 'feathery' variety
forms when the surface temperature reaches freezing point before dew begins
to form on it.
Weather (Met Office)
Swans showing the depth of the Ice on Widewater
Lagoon froze over, with the ice thick enough to support the weight
of a Mute Swan.
by David Wood
by Gordon Croucher (Lancing Parish Council)
air temperature recorded in Shoreham at 4:00
am at minus 6.9 °C was the lowest
air temperature recorded in Shoreham at 8:00
am at minus 5.7 °C was the lowest
Weather (Met Office)
flurry of snow
fell over night and left a thin layer in the early morning. It had all
melted in town by midday.
first moth of 2009
was, unexpectedly, a Double-striped Pug,
rufifasciata, that we found in our
kitchen (Mill Hill, Shoreham).
first bird of prey of the year was a Sparrowhawk
swooping between the houses in Buckingham Road south of the Mill Lane junction.
the lower slopes of Mill Hill was my first
wild mammal of 2009.
A few still flowering Sow Thistles by
the most southerly cattle grid on Mill Hill Road were the only wild flowers
on the day and the first recorded in the year.
The first fungi were a clump of the miniature
in the Maple
Spinney next to the Waterworks
Road (southern end). Later
a Fox was
seen after dark in Middle Street, Shoreham.
Levels Reports 2009
first bird of the year seen was an unidentified gull, probably a Herring
Gull on the roof opposite my window in
Corbyn Crescent, the residential part of Shoreham-by-Sea,
followed by a handful of Starlings,
and looking out over the back garden, a small flock of House
Sparrows congregated in the high shrubbery.
Nature Notes December 2008 Reports