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January 2009


Reports by Andy Horton from personal observation unless otherwise indicated
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The Water Rail emerges from hiding at 
Widewater Lagoon
Photograph by David Wood


7 January 2008
Wildlife of the South Downs
A presentation and discussion
Illustrated talk by Andy Horton

Explore 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.

Venue:  Beeding and Bramber Village Hall which is in Upper Beeding High Street.


28 January 2009
An Iceland Gull, Larus 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 am

Iceland Gull Sussex Records

20/21 January 2009
Foxes 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 lamps. 
Urban Reports 2009

19 & 20 January 2009
Two pairs of Red-breasted Mergansers dived underneath the surface of Widewater Lagoon. The first major flowering fruits of fungi of the year was a clump of Honey Fungus seen on a stump in Southwick Recreation Ground. 
19 January 2009
It was interesting to note a Stonechat, Saxicola torquata, flitting to a fro over the Adur fringes at the southern end of the Footbridge. 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

18 January 2009
There were a couple of Oystercatchers on the river's edge north of the Railway Viaduct at high tide
Adur Estuary Reports 2009

15 January 2009
In the bushes adjacent to the Coastal Link Cyclepath between Old Shoreham Toll 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 Pipits

10 January 2009
The air temperature recorded in Shoreham at 7:00 am at minus 7.3 °C was the lowest this millennium. 
Holly with feathery Hoar Frost

There 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.
Shoreham Weather (Met Office)
Adur Weather 2009

Mute Swans showing the depth of the Ice on Widewater
Photograph by David Wood
Widewater Lagoon froze over, with the ice thick enough to support the weight of a Mute Swan.
Report by Gordon Croucher (Lancing Parish Council)

7 January 2009
The air temperature recorded in Shoreham at 4:00 am at minus 6.9 °C was the lowest this millennium. 

6 January 2009
The air temperature recorded in Shoreham at 8:00 am at minus 5.7 °C was the lowest this millennium.
Shoreham Weather (Met Office)

5 January 2009
A flurry of snow fell over night and left a thin layer in the early morning. It had all melted in town by midday. 

3 January 2009
Our first moth of 2009 was, unexpectedly, a Double-striped Pug, Gymnoscelis rufifasciata, that we found in our kitchen (Mill Hill, Shoreham). 

Report by Pen and Dave Green on Sussex Butterflies

The first bird of prey of the year was a Sparrowhawk swooping between the houses in Buckingham Road south of the Mill Lane junction. 
Urban Reports 2009

2 January 2009
A Rabbit on 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 white Clavulina in the Maple Spinney next to the Waterworks Road (southern end). Later a Fox was seen after dark in Middle Street, Shoreham. 
Adur Levels Reports 2009

1 January 2009
My 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.


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