World Oceans Day 2011
of other environmental groups are welcome for Adur
World Oceans Day 2011
This is an interactive exhibition and all stalls need to be manned. Tables,
chairs and an electrical supply are provided. To allocate space, we will
need to know of exhibitors in advance.
are coming in. I saw my first of the year against the cloudy sky and later
four of them swooped low over the top of Mill
Hill as I felt the first drops of rain. A Partridge
whirred from what used to be a meadow and is now a bramble-covered temporary
pasture. Despite the poor conditions there were still butterflies
on the lower slopes of the hill, with 14 shredded and tatty Adonis
a probable first of the year Meadow
Butterflies: First Dates
Southern Marsh Orchids, Dactylorhiza
on the Mill Hill Cutting (south).
wind died down and the blue sky was streaked with Cirrocumulus
clouds, making it practical to notice plants
in passing. Next to the Adur
towpath north of Ropetackle in Shoreham there was frequent Fumitory
and the alien Lacy Scorpion Weed, Phacelia
(identified by Colin Knight).
first Common Blue Damselfly of
the year put in an appearance in amongst the Brambles
in a shady area behind the southern bank of the Buckingham
Cutting. On the open bank about eight Small
Blue Butterflies flitted about in the
female Broad-bodied Chasers, Libellula
cruised over an open part of the path that runs parallel with the dual
carriageway at the top of the southern embankment of the the Slonk Hill
Cutting. Both of them settled, one of them long enough for the photograph
found two roosting Small Blue Butterflies
for the first time this year on the southern bank of the Buckingham
Cutting and I noted the first Kidney
Vetch and the first Spotted
Orchids in flower
this year. Eleven species of butterfly were
seen in under an hour on a blustery (Force 5)
I omitted to visit the upper part of Mill Hill
the previous day,
I trekked up in identical cool and breezy conditions and wandered over
the middle slopes and the former meadows near the top car park and recorded
37 Common Blue
Butterflies (33 males 4 females) and my
first Cinnabar Moth
of the year.
contrast to the lower slopes the amount of Horseshoe
in the Triangle are of the middle slopes of
Mill Hill was as luxurious as usual and even on the top plateau (south
of the upper car park) the swathes were much better than 2010.
Butterfly & Moth List 2011
year the expanse of Horseshoe Vetch,
comosa, on the lower slopes of Mill
Hill was extremely disappointing. It was already past its prime and
the flowers were only showing about
20% of their usual brilliance after an extended
dry spring. The spiral
pods were commonly seen. On the lower
slopes the first Dropwort
was seen in flower.
Dates of Horseshoe Vetch
north-westerly direction of the Moderate Breeze
made conditions poor for butterflies on the
exposed slope of Mill Hill. Almost all of them were hiding or resting.
About 160 Adonis Blues
disturbed as it was too cool and overcast for them to be actively fluttering
around. The males were worn and the females looking to lay their eggs amongst
the Horseshoe Vetch.
On the southern part of Mill Hill, I spotted a handful of my first male
Blue Butterflies of the year.
visited Mill Hill
to do my weekly butterfly transect. It was a warm day with cloud and sun
pushing through and I recorded: 182 Adonis
six Dingy Skippers,
four Green Hairstreaks,
two Grizzled Skippers,
three Holly Blues,
and two Large Whites.
The Adonis Blues
were mating all over the lower part of the hill.
the western side of the bridge over Widewater
Lagoon a pair of Mute Swans
were actively feeding with eight
took advantage of the late sunny afternoon to visit Lancing
Ring LNR for the first time. In over two and half hours from 2
:00 pm until 4:30 pm we spotted seven Red
Admirals, one Peacock,
six Holly Blues,
one Speckled Wood,
ten Small Heath,
one Small Copper,
15 unspecified Whites
(probably Large Whites),
five Small Blues, 28 Common Blues
(of which four were females), and five Brown
The Small Blues and Common
first of the year records.
Butterflies: First Dates
Butterfly Flight Times
did my weekly transect at Mill
Hill in the morning and counted one Holly
Blue, two Brimstone
Butterflies, seven Small
Heath, 23 Dingy
Skipper, and 112 Adonis
Most of these were at the bottom of the hill, though I did see Dingy
Skippers and Adonis
Blue by the top car park. The hill was covered
by Horseshoe Vetch,
I saw a Green Hairstreak,
two Small Coppers,
two Grizzled Skippers
and a Red Admiral.
first teneral Azure
puella, of the year, was seen on the
Alkanet and other vegetation on the verges
of the Waterworks
Road, Old Shoreham. Later a blue one was
seen over the Ladywell's Stream,
near Cuckoo's Corner on the Coombes Road. And
it was on the small sea inlet at Cuckoo' Corner that 24 Mute
Swans congregated with a further three
on the River Adur nearby. I
thought this was an exceptional number of swans
in a small area. Nine species of butterfly
were seen around Shoreham and the outskirts.
the year in the Adur District was seen at Sompting Abotts.
a cool breezy day,
the Adonis Blues
were emerging from the herbs as I strolled over the lower slopes of Mill
Hill. A total
of 42 Adonis
seen on the hill in under an hour, including five females.
other butterflies were seen during the day on the downs and their approaches,
notably five Wall Browns,
23 Dingy Skippers,
eight Grizzled Skippers
and two Green Hairstreaks.
fluttered more like a butterfly than a damselfly
over the Brambles south of the Copse
at the top of Mill Hill Nature Reserve.