Friends of Shoreham
Beach Wild Flower Walk
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from Shoreham Fort at 2.30,
this is an event not to be missed. In May and June the whole beach is full
of flowers and plants, some very rare. Join our knowledgeable guides for
a walk amongst the blooms and learn more about the plants and their unusual
of Shoreham Beach
World Oceans Day
Oceans Day was first declared as 8th June at the Earth Summit in Rio de
Janeiro in 1992.
occurred all around the world on and around this day.
are one of the UK leaders in presenting the sixteenth environmental exhibition
Oceans Day on Coronation
British Marine Life Study
Society present the usual exhibition of
The Friends of Shoreham Beach (FOSB)
take an active role with their display of the wonders of Shoreham
Beach. Wildlife writer Steve
Savage presents the whale
and dolphin exhibition. Exhibitors
are available to find the time to answer questions about marine life.
participants will include Southwick
Camera Club with an exhibition of seascapes and marine life.
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Kites were seen together over Cuckoo's
Corner, near Lancing College in the morning.
descended from the low-flying clouds and a Kestrel
hovered over the lower slopes of Mill Hill.
There were more butterfly watchers than actual butterflies,
but I did manage a glimpse of my first Small
Heath Butterfly of the year as well as
my first Mother Shipton Moth.
The overcast conditions made for a paucity of butterflies in flight, but
there were plenty (15+) of human feet to disturb 15+ Adonis
a mating pair, two or more male Common
Blues, at least one very faded Dingy
Skipper and at least three Brimstone
Butterflies. The first butterfly I spotted
was a bright Peacock and
later a surprise Red Admiral showed
briefly. The Horseshoe Vetch was
at its peak (98%).
called repeatedly from below Mill Hill
and I could clearly hear it above the noise of the traffic. It was my first
of the year. A Buzzard
soared above and a Kestrel
was seen hovering as well as a flock of seven or more Jackdaws.
Slopes of Mill Hill
the lower slopes of Mill Hill, the Horseshoe
Vetch was virtually at its peak. That
made up for the relative paucity of butterflies
but they did include my first female Adonis
Blues with three of the dozen or so males
seemed more intent of sparring amongst themselves and quarrelling with
a lone Brown
a single male Common Blue.
A Brimstone Butterfly
patrolled the bottom hedgerow.
were frequently seen with about a dozen actually noted but a Grizzled
Skipper could not be confirmed. A Green
Hairstreak flitted amongst the Brambles. There was handful of Peacock
Butterflies and one was so badly damaged
it looked like a Comma
in silhouette of its underside. A single Cinnabar
Moth was spotted on two occasions.
butterflies seen on the approaches to Mill Hill included two Large
Whites and a Holly
soared over Mill Hill just after midday.
It was seen hovering and then twice the bird of prey descended amongst
the Horseshoe Vetch
on the lower slopes but both times emerged without any visible prey. Weak
sunshine on a breezy afternoon brought out frequent butterflies
including the bright blue of my first male Adonis
Blue of the year. Twelve
butterfly species were seen on or around Mill
Hill including my first Common Blues
and Brown Argus
the southern carnot
wall of Shoreham
Fort I spotted my first two Wall
Lizards this year.
resident pair of Mute Swans
on Widewater Lagoon still had seven cygnets.
cycle ride to Botolphs and back along and back along the Downs
Link Cyclepath on a breezy overcast afternoon rewarded me with my first
close-up Holly Blue Butterfly
in flight this year, followed by an unexpected first Painted
Lady just north of the Old Erringham layby.
and Wayfaring Tree
were flowering in the hedgerow that
lined the route. The verges will beginning to show a bit of colour, with
remains of the Cowslips
joined by carpets of Germander Speedwell
clumps of Common Vetch
and lots of green leaves. As the afternoon wore on, the sun came out producing
long shadows and encouraging my first Orange
Tips of the year to show. Unusually, I
found two white female butterflies before
the bright orange on two males confirmed my identification.
was made to Anchor Bottom for the scattered
hundreds of Green-winged Orchids
but there was nothing else of interest.
an overcast day that turned to hazy sunshine by the afternoon, I made a
long (nearly two hours) visit to Mill Hill
where I eventually found seven species of
and two large day flying moths.
Skippers were the most numerous but I
was pleased to find Green Hairstreaks,
one Wall Brown Butterfly
and a Cinnabar Moth.
Ivy, Common Vetch,
Vetch, Herb Robert,
Wild Flowers 2015
was beginning to flower. The image also
shows Common Vetch, Tree Mallow, Horseshoe
spotted my first Holly Blue Butterfly
of the year from the top of the number 2 bus as it went through Bramber
battered the shore throughout the day, a steady Fresh Gale Force
8 gusting to Storm Force 10 was recorded by Shoreham
Beach Weather Station.
was substantial bird song from the scrub on Mill
Hill, which compensated for the lack of butterflies
on a cloudy Bank Holiday. If wasn't for the sharp eyes of a dedicated butterfly
spotter, I would not even have found a Grizzled
of Mute Swans
were seen by others with seven cygnets on Widewater
first flowers of Horseshoe Vetch
appeared on the lower slopes of Mill Hill.
the choice time of the year
the violets now appear.
the rose receives its birth
the pretty primrose decks the earth.
Wild Flowers 2015
Beach Weather Station
Nature Notes 2013