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.
will be one of the UK leaders in presenting the seventeenth environmental
exhibition of World
Oceans Day on Coronation
British Marine Life Study
Society will 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
participants will include Southwick
Camera Club with an exhibition of seascapes and marine life..
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large unidentified dragonfly
was seen flying rapidly over Shoreham
Beach and the Shoreham
Fort end (east). It was the first of the
year and flew like a hawker. Wall Lizards,
muralis, were not seen on the carnot walls of the Fort but they
were occcasionally seen (5) on the shingle and house garden walls backing
on to the beach.
Foot Trefoil, Yellow Flag Iris.
Clover, Sea Campion
Hill (Lower Slopes)
of yellow of the Horseshoe Vetch, Hippocrepis
comosa, at its peak, covered the lower
slopes of Mill Hill. Nine
species of butterfly
were seen on an intermittently sunny and breezy
afternoon. These included by first Common
Blues, Adonis Blues and Green Hairstreak
of the year. Dingy Skippers
were the most frequent of the butterflies with over a dozen seen. The flash
of crimson was the first of two Cinnabar
Moths I disturbed. Hawthorn
was now blossoming on Mill Hill and the flowers
of this small tree could be seen in the hedgerows of the Adur
Levels from the hill.
Butterfly List 2016
by Ray Hamblett
of Early Purple Orchids
were in flower under the canopy of Lancing
Clump where the sun would have shined through if it wasn't a misty
of Slow Worms
on the upper part of Mill Hill was my fourth
species of reptile this year (Adur has five
species) on a cloudy
day with a hint of a breeze and mist in the
Too cool for butterflies although I did disturb
a very fresh Speckled Wood
near the upper copse on Mill Hill, and another one on the Pixie
Path to Mill Hill.
of the Blackthorn
blossom had blown away on the top of Mill Hill,
was now flowering. Down on the lower
slopes, the yellow of the Horseshoe Vetch,
comosa, was abundantly in flower,
but nowhere near is best showing, and the Dog
Violets were still commonly scattered
over hillside. The small orange flutterers were a bit of a puzzle a first
until one settled and then I recognised the first Small
Heath Butterflies (7) of the year.
the warmest day (23.2°C)
of the year, my first two Holly Blue Butterflies
were spotted in the sunshine. Green-winged
in flower at Anchor Bottom. However,
the biggest surprise of the afternoon was a 30 cm long grey fish in Ladywell's
Stream (south of Coombes) on the east side of road, east of the small weir.
This was the largest fish I've seen in that streams in the area which are
even in flood are less than 60 cm in depth. The fish cruised out of sight
in a second and I had only time to notice that it lacked red fins and seemed
to have protuberances along its lateral line. I thought it looked like
a streamlined Carp.
north of Coombes up the country road on an unplanned cycle ride, encouraged
by the afternoon sunshine. North of Coombes village, Hawthorn
was beginning to flower in the leafy
hedgerows, whilst in Old Shoreham Blackthorn
flowers were still on the trees joined by the fresh growth of leaves.
to Worthing Pier on a low spring tide
was so disappointing not to be newsworthy. There were three small Blennies,
pholis, a few small Edible
pagurus, a Velvet
puber, frequent Beadlet
equina, occasional but small and inconspicuous
troglodytes, and two Snakelocks
viridis, A small flock of Turnstones
was feeding amongst the rocks and bedrock. Two Sting
Winkles, Ocenebra erinacea, one
tiny one, was the most interesting find.
were my first marine
anemones and marine
molluscs of the year.
to reports of the day before, Blackthorn
still flowering plentifully on the upper
part of Mill Hill and the green leaves
of Hawthorn but not the flowers. I spotted my first Speckled
Wood Butterfly of the year in the shade
of the linear copse by Buckingham Cutting
(south). A rustle amongst the Cotoneaster on the meadow of the cutting
was a Common Lizard
in the weak sunshine.
Mill Hill, the Horseshoe Vetch
was now beginning and the flowers were already common on the lower slopes
with equally common Dog Violets.
The violets were
visited by at least two Grizzled Skippers
and I also saw my first two Dingy Skippers
of 2016. A few
Butterflies patrolled the bottom hedgerow,
and a Small White
and a handful of Peacock Butterflies,
and frequent Pyrausta
of the three downs species.
glided high in the blue sky above Mill Hill and I was rewarded by the sight
of a pair of Linnets
perching on Privet. Bird song could be heard above the noise of the traffic.
was now on green leaf and Blackthorn
ceased flowering at Cuckoo's Corner, but there were still Primroses,
Alkanet and Bluebells
the outskirts of Shoreham together with
Mustard, one clump of Cuckoo
Flower (near Ladywells on the Coombes
Road), and the first two Yellow Flag Iris
(stream next to Ladywells) the most eye catching on
a breezy day. Three
were spotted: Comma, Small
White and Peacock,
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White Butterfly flew around the Alexanders
next to the tarmac cyclepath south of the Tollbridge,
Old Shoreham. My first male Orange-tip
Butterfly of the year was a pristine butterfly
that made a fleeting visit to Three
Cornered Garlic and
Alkanet at the southern end of the Waterworks
Road. I returned very late
in the afternoon to find occasional hoverflies
of at least five species including the pretty Leucozona
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Beach Weather Station
Nature Notes 2013