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Lancing Villager (Electronic Magazine)

 Findon Village
 Rye Harbour Nature Reserve
 Sussex Archaeology & 
 History of Lancing
Butterflies of Lancing
Downs north of Shoreham and the Adur Valley (map)
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Adur Butterflies
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Checklist of Fungal Names
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Fungi of Lancing
Fungi of Shoreham
Adur Fruiting Bodies Database
Lancing Fungi Gallery (by Ray Hamblett)
Fungi of the British Isles (Yahoo Group)
Lancing Clump Supplementary



Lancing Clump (TQ 180 065)
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Lancing Ring and Meadows: 

The wooded 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. 

Lancing Ring Measurements

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Slide Show at the FOLR Coffee Morning24 October 2009
Friends of Lancing Ring
Coffee Morning
Venue: The Holy Family Catholic Church Hall at Monks Farmhouse in North Road, Lancing
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lancing Ring Slide Show (by Ray Hamblett)


For up to date more comprehensive wildlife reports and photographs consult the Friends of Lancing Ring web pages

Lancing Ring 2010 Reports

5 November 2009
A Red Admiral flew near some Ivy on the Bridlepath to the west of Hoe Cottage, Lancing (on the way from the Sussex Pad to Lancing Ring). Later, a Yellowhammer was spotted flying over the pasture to the north of the Chalk Pit.
Shaggy Pholiota
Puff Balls

Fungi underneath the clump included the usual Puff Balls, Shaggy Pholiota, Sulphur Tuft and King Alfred's Cakes. Two large Pholiota were discovered in the mown meadows. 
Adur Fungi 2009

15 October 2009
The sun shined through for periods but the overall impression was of lifelessness, with very few butterflies: a Clouded Yellow flew over the fringes of the dewpond, a Red Admiral over the unshorn meadows of Lancing Ring, but there were no other butterflies amongst the dying flowers of the meadows, notable for the deadheads of Greater Knapweed and Yellow Rattle gone to seed. Two Speckled Woods were noted on the bridlepath. McIntyre's Field had been mown. 
Adur Butterfly & Larger Moth List 2009

5 August 2009
One large dragonfly with a bright blue abdomen cruised over Lancing Ring dewpond without stopping for at least 15 minutes and probably considerably longer. It did not seem big enough for an Emperor Dragonfly but this its most likely identity. The first red Common Darter (dragonfly) of the year was also seen whilst I was waiting for this large impressive insect to settle so I could have a closer look. 
On the approaches to Lancing Ring there were the expected few each of Speckled Woods, Gatekeepers, Common Blues, Large Whites and one Red Admiral. In the meadow at the top of McIntyre's Field the first butterfly was a tattered Green-veined White and both Common Blues and Meadow Browns were frequently seen with one Brown Argus identified and more suspected although some turned out to be female Common Blues. A Brimstone Butterfly and Yellow Shell Moth were seen at the entrance to the eastern car park on Lancing Ring Nature Reserve with frequent Speckled Woods under the trees.

Holly Blue
 Hemp Agrimony

The large meadows to the south-east of the main clump of trees was much more overgrown than in previous years (because of the rain) and the dense and varied grasses and herbs hosted frequent Common Blues but not nearly as many as seen in the best years when thousands were actually seen. There were frequent Meadow Browns and frequent Silver Y Moths with a few Brown Argus Butterflies and a few Large Whites. Hemp Agrimony bordering the hedgerow that can be found along the south side of the main meadow is a nectar plant visited by numerous butterflies, but there was not as many as previous years although the small patch was visited by a few Peacock Butterflies, the inevitable Painted Ladies, a few Common Blues and at least two each of Meadow Brown, and Gatekeeper and a single Small Tortoiseshell. Two Clouded Yellow Butterflies flew strongly over the short grass immediately to the east of the main clump of trees. There was single Wall Brown flying around near the dewpond.
Full Butterfly Report

19 June 2009
A Red Fox greeted me at the entrance to Lancing Ring from the eastern car park. Over Lancing Ring dewpond, I spent ten minutes or more watching three pairs of Broad-bodied Chasers (dragonfly), Libellula depressa, chasing each other all over the pond. Occasionally one of them would dip on the surface of the murky water. On two occasions in-flight mating was observed for about ten seconds, possibly longer on the first occasion. Over McIntyre's Field two dragonflies were observed in quick succession, the first one was brown in colour and thought to be the Hairy Dragonfly, Brachytron pratense, and the second one with a blue abdomen was almost certainly a Southern Hawker. 

Large Skipper
Large Skipper
Small Skipper

Thirteen species of butterfly were seen on a visit to Lancing Clump where I discovered my first Small Skipper of the year. The other species were occasional Large Skippers, a few Marbled Whites, frequent Meadow Browns, occasional Speckled Woods, one Small Tortoiseshell, occasional Large Whites and Painted Ladies, two Red  Admirals, one Small White, two male Common Blues and a Comma Butterfly

Full Butterfly Report
Adur Butterflies: First Dates
Adur Skippers
New Wild Flowers

10 May 2009
Adder and Wall Brown Butterflies (link) by Ray Hamblett

20 April 2009
At first it looked like a discarded leather belt, but a closer look established it was a dark blue and black snake coiled up on an earth bank on the side of the bridlepath (from the Sussex pad to Lancing Ring) by a field of Cowslips west of Hoe Cottage, north Lancing next to the downs. I later confirmed the snake with back diamond-shaped markings to be an Adder (or European Viper), Vipera berus, the very first one I had seen in my life. By the time I had recognised the reptile it managed to slither into the grass and it disappeared from view. It appeared to be a juvenile, much smaller than any Grass Snakes I had seen locally. Its head was small and would only seem capable of catching and swallowing insects or young mice.

On Lancing Ring, the repeated hammerings of a Woodpecker could be heard high up in the tree tops of the clump. Four Large White Butterflies were noted over the short sward and Dandelions of McIntyre's Field, Lancing Ring Nature Reserve. The other butterflies on Lancing Ring and the approaches were eleven Speckled Woods, one Holly Blue, one Red Admiral, one Comma, and a Small White

14 April 2009
The Early Purple Orchid was showing the first flowers under the trees on Lancing Clump.

Adur Orchids

7 April 2009


29 March 2009
An unexpected treat was three or four individual Dotted Bee-flies, Bombylius discolor, using their long feeding tubes to take nectar on a large patch of Ground Ivy, Glechoma hederacea.

Dotted Bee-fly (Photograph by Ray Hamblett)
This is a notable record of a rarely recorded fly and is probably the first for Lancing. Bombylius discolor is a declining BAP (Biodiversity Action Plan) species. In Great Britain this species is classified as Nationally Scarce UK Known Distribution (165 squares)
Adur Flies 2009
Previous Record on Mill Hill

18 March 2009
A Comma Butterfly and a Peacock Butterfly sparred over the meadow immediately to the west of the copse to the west of the eastern car park of Lancing Ring Nature Reserve. On a walk around the the main ring of trees at least two more Comma Butterflies and three or more Peacock Butterflies were also seen on a sunny day. 

A Sparrowhawk flew over the Beech trees and later a Green Woodpecker was seen flying south east of the dewpond. Two Skylarks were heard and later seen hanging in the sky, the second rising from valley the farmland immediately to the north of Lancing Ring. Sweet Violets were flowering in the clumps in the meadows. There was evidence of Badger activity with holes excavated to the west of the main clump. The first leaves of the Early Purple Orchids appeared underneath the Beech trees. 
Adur Orchids

2 February 2009

Photograph by Andy Brook (North Lancing Community Web Pages

Lancing Ring Dewpond

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