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October 2007


Reports by Andy Horton from personal observation unless otherwise indicated
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Lombardy Poplars on the western bank of the Adur opposite the Cement Works at Upper Beeding (5 October 2007)
Speckled Wood in Autumn
Red Admiral on Ivy
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31 October 2007
A Kingfisher fanned its attractive turquoise wings in a semi-circular flight at the eastern end of the Toll Bridge

26 October 2007
A seal, probably a Common (or Harbour) Seal, Phoca vitulina, was spotted off Lancing Beach in the sea a 100 metres or so offshore at 8:00 am. Its whole body was seen and there could be no doubt about its identity. 

Report by Andrew Smith (Lancing)
An Earlier Report from 2002

7-22 October 2007
Butterfly species seen in the Shoreham area including the downs were frequent Red Admiral, occasional Large White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, a few Comma and Peacock, two Brimstone Butterflies and one each of the Common Blue (male), Small White, Holly Blue, Clouded Yellow and Adonis Blue (male).
12 species
Adur Butterfly List 2007
19 October 2007
The caterpillar of the Pale Tussock Moth, Calliteara pudibunda, crawled across the pavement on the approaches to Lancing Clump (eastern car park). I put it on the grass verge for the photograph.

Elm Trees in Gordon Avenue, Shoreham15 October 2007
The attractive Wheatley Elm Trees in Gordon Avenue, Shoreham, have been cut back and there large leafy branches removed. One of the workman said they had been diagnosed with Dutch Elm Disease but it looks like they have just been pruned. I have known these trees for 50 years as I lived my early life in adjacent Rosslyn Road. I did not see any signs of disease when I last cycled past these trees. The fading of the leaves was assumed to be because of the autumn season. 
The trees will grow back OK (Dave Stringer, landscape gardener). 
The trees have been confirmed of having Dutch Elm Disease. In the old days the trees would have been felled.
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11 October 2007
Seven species of butterfly seen during the day included a Holly Blue by the Toll Bridge and a Brimstone Butterfly on Mill Hill
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5 October 2007
Twelve species of butterfly seen on Mill Hill included nine Wall Browns, three Clouded Yellows and one female Adonis Blue
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Report by Neil and Eric Hulme on Sussex Butterflies

3 October 2007
A covey of five Partridges whirred from the lower slopes of Mill Hill. A mixed flock of Long-tailed Tits, Blue Tits, at least one Great Tit and some Greenfinches were a welcome and attractive sight amongst the small bushes on the Mill Hill Cutting next to the Pixie Path. There were about thirty birds seen in a few minutes. 

2 October 2007
A bright yellow Clouded Yellow Butterfly fluttering over the grassy bit of the towpath by Adur Riverside Industrial Estate (north of Ropetackle, Shoreham), was the only definite butterfly on a cloudy day.

1 October 2007
A Shelduck swam in the Adur estuary south of the Toll Bridge at medium low tide

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