four years after the historic Chestnut
Trees in Buckingham Park, Shoreham, underwent
drastic surgery, the oldest tree looks presentable in leaf, but the younger
standard still looks misshapen.
the last fine day before the forecasted cold weather,
there were no butterflies to be seen on Mill
Hill, just five Red Admirals,
a good condition Speckled Wood
in the Butterfly Copse next
chirm of a dozen or more Goldfinches
Hamblett's south Lancing garden.
adult Common (or Harbour) Seal,
vitulina, was hauled out on the bank of
the River Adur
bank near the Shoreham Airport, at 3.00
pm. A passer by said they saw the seal
swim further up the estuary. The sighting occurred
about an hour before high tide.
the weak sunshine there were still butterflies
in flight of seven species: Small Heath,
Blue, Common Blue,
on the lower slopes of Mill
Hill, and Red Admiral and
on the outskirts of Shoreham town.
on the mud flats opposite Coronation Green
in Shoreham town, a handful of Grey
Plovers were feeding on the southern bank
in the middle of the River
Adur, before a Redshank
and a band of about ten Turnstones
appeared on the near bank, constantly on the move, literally turning over
the small stones in search of morsels. A Cormorant,
a Little Egret,
a few Dunlins
and immature Herring Gulls
Caps of the autumn were seen in large
clumps totalling over a hundred caps on a new verge created by the realignment
of the Coastal
Link Cyclepath just north of the Adur
Riverbank Industrial Estate.
berries were prominent from the worn and darker
berries of Hawthorn,
Dog Rose and
the fresh berries of
Wayfaring Tree, Cotoneaster
five days of rain and poor weather the herb
layer of the lower slopes of Mill
Hill was still springy and firm under foot. Butterflies
were relatively few totalling about thirty in an hour and a half of nine
species. Comma Butterflies
were the most notable. Common Darters
(dragonfly) were occasionally seen.
Butterfly List 2008
was the faint bite of an autumn chill in the air on a morning of weak sunshine,
and the butterflies did not emerge until
near midday. At the northern end of the lower
slopes of Mill Hill, three species
could be seen resting on Devil's Bit Scabious
only later when the sun came out did many of the butterflies emerge in
numbers and fluttered about so much that I could not be sure of the numbers.
species of butterfly were recorded including
and new Brown Argus
Butterflies on Mill Hill.