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March 2010

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Reports by Andy Horton from personal observation unless otherwise indicated
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 Cyclepath midway between Old Shoreham and the Cement Works
 Sodden land adjacent to the South Downs-Coastal Link Cyclepath

After the rain and snow of the first two months of the year, the Adur Levels were sodden.


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WILDLIFE REPORTS
 

21 March 2010
At last I saw my first butterfly of the year: a Red Admiral flew around the bridge over the A27 to Mill Hill. In the north-west Hawthorn scrub area of Mill Hill Nature Reserve, a bright yellow Brimstone Butterfly flew over from the lower slopes. An hour later in the middle of a day of weak sunshine, a Peacock Butterfly flew over Frampton's Field in Old Shoreham from the shelter of the Ivy bushes on the west border of the Pixie Path
Adur Butterfly List 2010

19 March 2010
Three more clumps of Common Frog spawn appeared in my front garden in Corbyn Crescent; joining the first clump spawn laid on 3 March 2010
Urban Reports 2010

18 March 2010
 

A Magpie performed an amazing feat of removing a large quantity of moss from the gutter above the Hair & Nail Lounge in the northern part of East Street, in Shoreham town centre, adjacent (east of) St. Mary de Haura churchyard. The debris was deposited on the pavement outside the shop. The handiwork (although using its beak) took six minutes (timed) as it proceeded from the south end of the gutter above the shop to the extreme northern end. 
Urban Wildlife Reports 2010
 

Coltsfoot

The first Coltsfoot appeared in flower in three large patches on the Downs-Coastal Link Cyclepath. It must have been flowering for a few days. A solitary Germander Speedwell (pic) flower was seen on the now dry path, with a few Daffodils

15 March 2010
I saw a female Brimstone Butterfly in the garden where I work near Shoreham today. I had to run round after it until it settled briefly on an Iris reticulata long enough for me to be sure it wasn't an early Cabbage White.

Report by Tessa Pawsey on Sussex Butterflies
Adur Butterfly List 2010

A small expanse of the yellow Lesser Celandine was spotted in flower in the Adur Civic Centre grounds adjacent to (east of) the Duke of Wellington Public House in Shoreham.

14 March 2010
On the lower slopes of Mill Hill the conservation workers had removed a considerable amount of the invasive Privet and a large amount of encroaching Hawthorn as well. Large areas of moss were now noticeable.
The first signs of spring sunshine and hundreds of Sweet Violets were sparsely scattered over the lower slopes of Mill Hill. At the bottom of the steps in the north-west corner of Mill Hill, several clumps of Germander Speedwell were noted growing out from the cracks. 
 
Sweet Violets
Germander Speedwell

The first bumblebee of the year, a Queen Buff-tailed Bumblebee, Bombus terrestris, flew out of the vegetation in a cleared space of the Hawthorn scrub in the north-west part of Mill Hill Nature Reserve. A male Pheasant strutted under the copse at the top of the hill. 
Adur Violets
Adur Wild Flowers 2010

7 March 2010
Ice froze over the Common Frog spawn in my garden pond overnight as the air temperature fell to a low of minus 2.9 °C at 7:00 am. 
Shoreham Weather 2010

3 March 2010
 
The first clump of Common Frog spawn appeared in my front garden in Corbyn Crescent, the first year frog spawn have been laid in the tiny pond (since it was installed at Easter 2004).

Urban Reports 2010


 

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