ADUR NATURE NOTES 2014
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EVENTS

14 June 2014
Adur World Oceans Day
World Oceans Day was first declared as 8th June at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.
Events will occur all around the world on and around this day.

Adur will be one of the UK leaders in presenting the fourteenth environmental exhibition of World Oceans Day on Coronation Green, Shoreham-by-Sea. The British Marine Life Study Society presents the usual exhibition of lobsters and crabs. The Friends of Shoreham Beach (FOSB) will take an active role with their display of the wonders of Shoreham Beach. Wildlife writer Steve Savage presents the whale and dolphin exhibition with the life sized replica of a Bottle-nosed Dolphin. Nikki Hills on behalf of the Sussex Wildlife Trust produce an interactive display on the sea and seashore for the younger age group.  Exhibitors are available to find the time to answer questions about marine life.
Other participants will include Southwick Camera Club with an exhibition of seascapes and marine life, and Shoreham Sea Scouts
World Oceans Day on facebook
Adur World Oceans Day on facebook
United Nations: World Oceans Day


WILDLIFE REPORTS
 

29 May 2014

Shoreham Beach

27 May 2014
A Painted Lady Butterfly was seen for the first time locally this year at the top of Dancton Lane, below Steep Down, above North Lancing. I chased it for at least 15 minutes but it hid in the nettles and grass. 

Adur Butterflies: First Dates

25 May 2014
Even allowing that I missed the a week through rainfall during the week and missed the peak flowering, the swathes of Horseshoe Vetch, Hippocrepis comosa, on the lower slopes of Mill Hill, were very disappointing and only a mere fraction (say 20%) of their luxurious best in good years and not even half as good as bad years. 

Green Hairstreak

It was breezy and cloudy and far from ideal afternoon for butterflies, seven species were seen in the afternoon with Adonis Blues frequently seen on Mill Hill and my first Small Heath of the year. 
Adur Butterfly Report

21 May 2014
A shrimping expedition went completely wrong: my ancient net broke almost immediately. "The shrimp net was ancient, used to belong to Charlie Woolgar, mussel, sandhopper and shrimp collector for Regents Park London Zoo Aquarium. When Chas retired the late John Barker took over the role and most of his kit. Charlie Woolgar used to live in West Street, Shoreham. I remember had a brass lobster for a door knocker. He has been dead for decades." (Steve Barker

19 May 2014
Shoreham Beach was in bloom. Of most notice were the large amounts of Red Valerian, flowering Sea Kale, clumps of Sea Campion, swathes of Sea Thrift and the Tree Mallow as I cycled past.
 

Sea Kale
Grey Topshell & Chiton

An early morning rockpooling expedition to the beach underneath Worthing Pier was not distinguished by anything more than the ordinary and not very productive as a biological collection for Adur World Oceans Day 2014

Velvet Swimming Crabs, Necora puber, were moulting under rocks and both empty shells (exoskeleton) and live crabs were discovered. A sub-adult Butterfish, Pholis gunnellus, hid underneath a rock. 
Rockpooling Report

15 May 2014
Yellow swathes of Horseshoe Vetch, Hippocrepis comosa, were all over the lower slopes of Mill Hill, especially the steeper slopes. The expanse was far from its peak and in each continuing year the flowers seem to be less and the Privet much greater. After the torrential rain of the previous two days, the butterfly population seem to have been less than usual. Eight species of butterfly were spotted on Mill Hill including male Adonis Blues.
Adur Butterfly Report
 

Hounds-tongue
Common Blue

At low tide on Kingston Beach the churned up water was loaded with silt and contained thousands of the miniature Sea Gooseberries, Pleurobrachia bachei, that appeared as globular transparent blobs in the prawn net
Rockpooling Report

5 May 2014
 

On a hazy slightly humid day, I was surprised by the fluttering of a pale blue butterfly. When it settled on the abundant Horseshoe Vetch, Hippocrepis comosa, on the lower slopes of Mill Hill, I was able to identify it as my first male Common Blue of the year. Less than a minute later another blue butterfly appeared at the northern end of the lower slopes and this settled as well and I could see it was my first male Adonis Blue of the year. Later I was to spot a female Common Blue and another male Adonis Blue. Other butterflies were only occasionally seen with about eight Dingy Skippers, four Brimstones, at least one Small White and a Wall Brown on the lower part of Mill Hill. 
The records show this was my earliest ever record for a Common Blue. These were probably the first records in England of the Adonis Blue for this year. 
Adur Butterflies: First Dates
Butterfly Report

4 May 2014
Hawthorn was in blossom along the everges of the cyclepath from Old Shoreham to Upper Beeding and everywhere this ubiquitous bush grows. It was a sign of summer just about making an appearance. 
 

Scores of pretty Green-winged Orchids were flowering amongst the cow pats on the southern north-facing bank of Anchor Bottom (chalk downs at Upper Beeding). All of them were purple in colour. These were the first orchids I have seen this year.

In my small north-facing garden in Shoreham, the flowers of Marsh Marigolds were now out with their multiple yellow buttercup-like flowers. The spreading plant is rooted in my tiny garden pond. 
Adur Urban 2014
 
 
 

May 2013 Reports
Wild Flowers 2014
Shoreham Weather 2014

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Shoreham Beach Weather Station
 

Adur Nature Notes 2013


Butterfly List 2014
Adur Butterfly Flight Times
Flora of Shoreham-by-Sea
Shoreham and District Ornithological Society
Sussex Ornithological Society News
Lancing Village
 
 
 
 

MultiMap Aerial Photograph of the Adur Levels and Downs
 

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