Clump (TQ 180 065)
and meadows (map)
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Ring and Meadows:
clump area covers about 8.4 acres, the large
meadow about 19 acres and McIntyres Field a further 9.8 acres. Other large
areas including the large steep western bank, the Chalk Pit, Barton's
Wood, with various small spinneys and grass
outcrops, and the west facing slopes.
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Ring Reports 2009
rare trip to Lancing Clump, since the reopening of the Toll
Bridge, produced literally over a hundred
butterflies and all of these were Large
Whites, especially at the top of McIntyres
Field. Occasional Red Admirals
were seen mostly on the flint paths, a few Green-veined
Whites, a few Speckled
Woods in the woody areas and one Small
Heath Butterfly were noted.
were noted on three occasions flying in the canopy of the trees mostly
in wood by the eastern car park.
the shirt sleeves sunshine there were the number of butterflies
on the wing was only in the order of low frequency (about 13), with three
Whites in Lancing, one on the approach
road and two over the long grass meadows of Lancing Ring in the late afternoon
joined by one Large Skipper,
a handful of Meadow
two Marbled Whites.
the dewpond and a male Broad-bodied
dipped its head on to the surface of the water, and it was accompanied
by a one third longer dragonfly in bright blue which was either the frequently
seen Southern Hawker,
or the locally scarce Emperor Dragonfly.
Either of the latter two would have been first for the year. Meadow
Cranesbill was seen for the first time
in flower this year in the surrounds
of Lancing Ring dewpond.
Butterfly List 2008
had the best view of a wild Sparrowhawk
ever as one descended from a tree and landed for a second on a low brick
wall in St. James Avenue, north Lancing. In the south-west corner of the
main meadow of Lancing Ring a male Common
Blue Butterfly fluttered over the Bird's
Eye Trefoil which with Bulbous
Buttercups were both prominent,
but I looked for and could not discover any
comosa. Other plants noted were Ground
Ivy and Germander
Speedwell. It was in this area I saw my first
definite Burnet Companion Moth
of the year. Holly Blue Butterflies were
frequently seen in the hedgerow approaches from the immediate south of
this same area, with one Azure Dragonfly.
the north-west corner of the Nature Reserve, west of the clump, I spotted
two Small Heath Butterflies
and one Wall Brown
without looking for them. They all flew
into the fenced off private pasture to the north. Both Small
White Butterflies and Large
Whites were frequent but not much more
than a dozen of each. Yellow Flag Iris
was flowering in the dewpond and a male Broad-bodied
dipped its head on to the surface of the water producing very small ripples.
Other flowers noted included the common
first butterfly was a Small
White Butterfly in north Lancing on the
approach road to Lancing Ring. This was followed by nine definite Peacock
and one smallish Comma
Butterfly on Lancing Ring Nature Reserve.
by John & Sue Wellfare
on the North
Lancing Snow Gallery
Butterfly List 2008
glut of early spring butterflies on Lancing
Ring included frequent (20+) Peacock Butterflies,
frequent Red Admiral Butterflies (?
ID), five Brimstone
two Small Tortoiseshells.
is due to Ray
Hamblett for discovering a buried hibernating
vivipara, under a rotten log
at the top of McIntyres Field, north Lancing. It was very difficult to
see amongst the earth.
must be a small Common Lizard,
judging by the toes not being webbed. Note it is missing the end of its
McIntyres Field contained frequent mushrooms
illustrated above. The
largest of these mushrooms were estimated at 65 mm cap diameter. The
identity of this mushroom is not known. Amongst
the trees at the top, there were at least a pair of Long-tailed
Planting event with Friends of Lancing Ring
Show of Pictures (by Ray Hamblett)
were active on the Gorse bushes
of Lancing Ring, probably male
Bombus terrestris, showing
the whitish tails and two yellow bars. I counted four individuals there
was almost certainly more.
weather was warm and sunny, in patches between the rain clouds, at about
Ring Reports 2007
Ring Wildlife Reports 2006