World Oceans Day
Oceans Day was first declared as 8th June at the Earth Summit in Rio de
Janeiro in 1992.
occurred all around the world on and around this day.
was one of the UK leaders in presenting the seventeenth environmental exhibition
Oceans Day on Coronation
British Marine Life Study
Society presented the usual exhibition of the seashore
aquarium and the
lobsters and crabs.
The Friends of Shoreham Beach (FOSB)
took an active role with their display of the wonders of Shoreham
Beach. Wildlife writer Steve
Savage presented the Man and the Sea exhibition
with a video microscope. Exhibitors were available to find the time to
answer questions about marine life. World
of Widewater exhibited a display and information about the brackish
water lagoon and local nature reserve.
participants included Southwick
Camera Club with an exhibition of seascapes and marine life.
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impromptu to Mill Hill was rewarded by
the first Marbled White Butterflies
of the year. I disturbed over 25 but rarely would they settle in view for
more than a few seconds. The colourful Cinnabar
Moths were even quicker to hide and were
only out in the open for a second or two. The intermittently cloudy day
meant that most butterflies
were in hiding, although I managed to spot frequent (12+) Meadow
Browns, at least half a dozen tattered
were so tattered they could have been Common
Blues) , a handful of Small
Heath Butterflies, frequent (15+) Silver
Y Moths, a few smaller moths,
two sightings of a Red Admiral (it
may have been the same butterfly?) and one Small
Tortoiseshell all over the lower slopes
on a humid afternoon.
hovered in the breeze over the upper part of Mill Hill. It has been a month
since I last visited Mill Hill and of particular notice were the new flowering
plants for this year, notably, the miniature Eyebright,
the first Dropwort,
Wort, ground-hugging Self-heal
and Wild Thyme,
the invasive Privet shrub,
the common Rough Hawkbit, Perforate St.
John's Wort, and others.
the thunderstorms, an immigrant Silver
Y Moth, Autographa
gamma, landed in front of me in my
garden amongst the Buttercup leaves.
cloudy and wet from the over night rain, but
still worth a detour to the Slonk Hill Cutting
(south bank) where the hundreds Spotted
Orchids were not so abundant as usual
years and were already joined by a few budding Pyramidal
Orchids. The languid fluttering of my
first Ringlet Butterfly
of the year was soon followed by a more energetic first and fresh male
Brown. A flash of blue was identified
as a Holly Blue Butterfly.
had spun at least thirty large webs over the ground vegetation including
There were two species of yellow Dandelion/Hawbit-type
(Cichorioid Daisies) flower
amongst the orchids,
grasses, Lady's Mantle and Salad
Burnet. These yellow flowers were thoughts
to be Rough Hawkbit
and one of the Hawkweeds.
linear copse path to Buckingham Cutting (south) was overgrown and just
about passable. There were more orchids
on this small patch of roadside verge with Red
Rattle, Ox-eye Daisies, Greater Bird's Foot Trefoil, Kidney Vetch,
Bedstraw etc. A tiny Small
Blue Butterfly was disturbed in the varied
longest day of the year was greeted by torrential rain for all of the morning
and most of the afternoon. However, the summer
season shows many new flowers appearing.
(=Lesser Knapweed), Bladder Campion, Hedge Woundwort
Mantle, Rosebay Willowherb, Viper's
seas off Widewater
was spotted under a boulder on Kingston Beach.
appeared in the sunshine, a Peacock Butterfly
on the Car Boot Sale pasture north of the Flyover
(south of Old Erringham). a few Common
at the Old Shoreham end (south of the Flyover) of the Steyning
Line Cyclepath, where my first possible Small
Skipper of the year appeared as an orange
flash and was gone, and fleeting but definite view of my first Wall
Brown of the year, with Large
Whites and Small
Whites and other unidentified brownish
butterflies blown about too rapidly on the breeze. A Speckled
Wood was also spotted in flight.
The Small Skipper
is too early and not expected to be seen until July?
Water Dropworts were flowering by the
Adur at Old Shoreham.
breezy humid afternoon, I spotted my first
Lady Butterfly of the year on Shoreham
Beach 20 metres west of the carnot
wall of Shoreham
Fort. This immigrant butterfly
was very restless and settled for a second at most. Viper's
Bugloss was spotted in flower
for the first time this year on the shingle.
an afterthought I looked out the meadow-like road verge at Buckingham
Cutting (south) where the first Common
Spotted Orchids were budding and showing
their first flowers. After a little bit of exploring my eyes keyed into
my first Small Blue Butterflies
of the year. This small garden-sized area also hosted my first Yellow
Rattle in flower and two species of small
green beetles: the common Thick-legged
Flower Beetle, Oedemera
nobilis, and the equally common Cryptocephalus,
as well as a Common Blue Damselfly.
Butterfly List 2016
Shoreham town the tiny blue flowers of Brooklime
appeared as well as those of Wild Strawberry.
Wild Flowers 2016
Wild Flowers 2016
Beach Weather Station
Nature Notes 2013