ADUR NATURE NOTES  2012
Lower Adur Valley, West Sussex
 
 
 
 

January 2012

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2012  Regional


Adur Coastal & Marine
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LOCAL NATURE RESERVES


A Nature Reserve is defined in Section 15 of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949, as land managed for the purpose:
(a) of providing, under suitable conditions and control, special opportunities for the study of, and research into, matters relating to the flora and fauna of Great Britain and the physical conditions in which they live, and for the study of geological and physiographical features of special interest in the area; or
(b) of preserving flora, fauna, or geological or physiographical features of special interest in the area; or for both these purposes.

EVENTS
 


WILDLIFE REPORTS
 

26 January 2012
Four visiting Brent Geese looked at home at the western end of Widewater Lagoon on the water and trotting out on to the shingle with four Mute Swans.

19 January 2012
"Immediately, from two feet in front of my nose, something flapped and flopped away, awkwardly, like an albatross trying to fly in a shed. It was a small Sparrowhawk, carrying prey a little bigger than it could handle, Blackbird maybe. It was getting pretty dark by now, and I could only just make it out, having flopped and flapped a couple of trees away, sitting on a low branch with its prize, wings held out at half mast, dismantling its prey."

Report by Neil Fletcher on
A Sparrowhawk in a Henfield garden (link)
10 January 2012
The two small Snow Buntings, Plectrophenax nivalis, were well camouflaged amongst the pebbles, feeding on seed provided for them and attracting a handful of birdwatchers with telephoto lens. Because they look like Sparrows with the naked eye, they would have been hard to discover if they did not stay on the same stretch of beach south of the western end of Widewater, despite disturbance by dog walkers. Snow Buntings are a very scarce winter visitor and passage migrant to the Shoreham area.
On the new wildlife verge of the the cyclepath by the Adur Riverside Industrial Park (disused) north of Ropetackle and the Railway Viaduct, one of the colonising plants seen in flower amongst the dead vegetation was the Mediterranean species known as Sweet Alyssum, Lobularia maritima, not recorded before on these Nature Notes

6 January 2012
An Iceland Gull, Larus glaucoides, was photographed on Shoreham Beach, on the seaward side of the west arm of the harbour from late morning to 1.15 pm. The Iceland Gull is a very scarce winter visitor and passage migrant to the Shoreham area.


This Iceland Gull was seen by other birdwatchers on several occasions from 4 January 2012. Earlier it was photographed over the River Adur.
Native Sussex (Mick Davis) Birding Blog

Upper Beeding Brooks has been a regular location to spot Short-eared Owls quartering fields in the early afternoon, with Fieldfare, Heron, Kingfisher and Kestrel.

3 January 2012
It was a horrible morning with sheet rain and gales from the south-west, reaching a steady Gale Force 8 from 10:00 am to midday and after, and gusting to Storm Force 10 (max 61 mph) from 11:00 am.
Beaufort Scale
Shoreham Weather 2012
Met Office: Shoreham

2 January 2012
I could hear the birds, but when I went out there was just a blue sky and no birds in flight. Two Starlings were chattering to each other from my neighbour's chimneys in Corbyn Crescent and these were the first birds I had seen in 2012

On east Lancing Beach (by Widewater), I finally managed to get a look at the small Snow Buntings camouflaged amongst the pebbles, the sparrow-sized fawn and cream birds crouching down and one of the two hiding behind a cobble-sized stone only slightly smaller than it. As I searched for the Snow Buntings, I nearly gave up after just spotting Pied Wagtails amongst the shingle. The first wild flowers of the year were some Red Valerian on the beach fringes near the Church of the Good Shepherd.
Reports on Sussex Ornithological Society News

Five adult Bewick's Swans were seen grazing on the fields below Wyckham Farm, north of Steyning. They were viewable from the embankment of the River Adur

1 January 2012
On the first day of the year there was continual rain during daylight and I omitted to note the first birds of the year. 
 
 

January 2011 Reports
 

Adur Nature Notes 2011

Adur Wild Flowers 2013
Wild Flowers in January


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

Shoreham Weather 2012
 
 

MultiMap Aerial Photograph of the Adur Levels and Downs
 

Urban Wildlife Webring


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