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NATURE NOTES      2009
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18 November 2009
A single large mushroom found on Shoreham Beach where the shingle was covered by soil was thought to be one of the Agaricus species. It had a stem length of approximately 120 mm and a cap diameter of about 40 mm. 
 
Wood Blewit
Wood Blewit
Agaricus

In the Maple Copse (near the Waterworks Road, Old Shoreham) there were at least four large Wood Blewit mushrooms, and it looked like many more small ones were pushing up through the leaf litter.
Adur Fungi 2009

14 November 2009
A steady 30 mph (Force 6 Strong Breeze) southerly wind gusting to 50 mph (Force 9) occurred throughout the morning, following on from almost as strong winds throughout the night. From 1.00 pm the wind came with rain. By 1.00 pm the steady wind speed was recorded at 40 mph, Gale Force 8, gusting to 55 mph, Storm Force 10, and by 2:00 pm, the top gust was recorded at 68 mph, Violent Storm Force 11. 
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10 -13 November 2009
Continual poor weather with rain means I think we have seen the last of the butterflies for the year.

9 November 2009
Jays were seen on two occasions in Shoreham town gathering acorns from Evergreen Oaks. Autumn was growing its signs with the abundant fallen leaves and the first mushrooms, the first Wood Blewit of autumn on Mill Hill with other common species. 
Adur Fungi 2009

As expected it was almost a complete miss for butterflies with just one Clouded Yellow on Mill Hill, where a small flock of Long-tailed Tits were seen amongst the Hawthorn. The Clouded Yellow was the last butterfly seen in 2009. 
 
The lower slopes of Mill Hill were looking seriously overgrown with scrub with Privet the leading incursor

5 November 2009
On a high spring tide, a Little Egret was observed fishing in the shallow water and capturing a morsel every three minutes or so. At a distance it was difficult to see what it was actually capturing in its long black beak, but on at least two occasions it looked like small Shore Crabs, Carcinus maenas, that tried to wriggle out of its beak without success. On the return journey (from Lancing Ring) the tide had receded revealing some of the mud flats on which a pair of Redshanks were courting, running around together, flying short distances in unison and swimming together in the shallow river, like ducks. 
Adur Estuarine Reports 2009
 
4 November 2009
Two fruiting bodies of the Dune Wax Cap, Hygrocybe conicoides, were spotted on the Pixie Path, Old Shoreham, near the north-west corner of Frampton's Field.

Adur Fungi 2009
Adur Wax Caps
Wild Plants in Flower

Dune Wax Cap

2 November 2009
When the sun emerged from from behind the frequent clouds a Peacock Butterfly emerged from hibernation by the Ivy on the edge of the Pixie Path, looking slightly tatty. Four Common Blue Butterflies were seen at the northern end of the lower slopes of Mill Hill; both these records were the first for the month of November. There was also a probable Large White in Shoreham town which would also be a first for the month. 
 

On Mill Hill, two Clouded Yellows courted and then mated and this was also the first time that this has been seen locally. Over the Waterworks Road a large female Sparrowhawk swooped between the trees and it may have been after the frequent Wood Pigeons
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November 2008


 

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History of Mill Hill
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MultiMap Aerial Photograph of the Adur Levels and Downs
 

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