was the warmest
October in my
and relatively calm after the storm, two butterflies
were disturbed out of hibernation, firstly a Red
Admiral in Corbyn Crescent, Shoreham,
and later a torporous Comma Butterfly
on the Pixie Path. A few Dune
Wax Caps were seen on the path.
probed the mud undeneath the Railway Viaduct
on the River Adur
on a low neap tide.
Force winds blew in hours of darkness until dawn.
Met Office page recorded a gust of 67
mph (Violent Storm Force
11) at 6:00
am from a steady 45
mph (Force 8).
few trees came down in Shoreham, including a Monkey Puzzle Tree
in Mill Lane.
Beach Weather Station recorded 78
mph (Hurricane Force
photograph shows the rolling waves on Southwick Beach around 2:30
pm when a gust was recorded at 48
mph and it felt like it continuously on the
exposed beach when it was a great struggle (more than seriously impeded)
to walk against the south-westerly gale. Unlike the previous day, occasional
(one every four minutes) waves could be seen in the distance above the
western harbour wall.
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by Mark Bond
the over night rain deluge, the weather
cleared and there was even a enough warmth
for the surviving butterflies
to be discovered in the breeze.
Just three definite butterflies were actually seen: a flighty Red
Admiral over the Waterworks
Road, Old Shoreham; a resting Comma
on the Pixie Path; and lastly a restless
Yellow over the lower slopes of Mill
(dragonfly) was seen briefly over the
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down in a Moderate Breeze (Force
was muddy underfoot but the sun shone intermittently through gaps in the
clouds. This produced a very mixed and varied day. Turnstones
under the Railway Viaduct and Lapwings
on the mud at low tide were regular occurrences
and expected. But more surprising on a cloudy day were two active flying
a Red Admiral
and immigrant Clouded Yellow
over the River Adur.
Bush Cricket, Pholidoptera griseoaptera,
spotted on the verges of the Waterworks
Road, Old Shoreham. These
crickets are occasionally seen late in the year.
It was not warm enough to expect to see many butterflies
but 21 were seen of six species, with a third
of them Meadow
Browns on Mill
Hill. Notably there was a cleistogamic
Dog Violet on the lower slopes of Mill
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Vole, Myodes glareolus,
was seen on the road verge by the Cement Works south of Dacre Gardens,
Upper Beeding. The vole
was more intent on feeding that running away but it never kept still.
Blue Butterfly (three males & a female)
were seen on the north bank of Southwick (Aldrington) Canal opposite the
power station up until 12.30 pm
when it clouded over. The best area for them seems to be by the small brick
shelter next to the A259.
and escape confusion attracted my attention as about twenty Starlings
suddenly took flight from the highest ledges of the Shoreham Cement Works
building on the east side of the road. A moment later a Peregrine
Falcon glided just over the concrete ruins.
The falcon was identified by its narrower more streamlined wings contrasted
with the broader Sparrowhawk.
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fresh male Long-tailed Blue Butterfly
visited the large clump of Ivy outside
Shoreham Cement Works, Upper Beeding (TQ
199 086) between 11.35
am and 11.45 am. It then flew east, back over
the fence into the Everlasting Peas within
the Cement Works. This was the first record
of this immigrant butterfly on these Nature Notes
a mixed cloudy sky, a Clouded
Yellow Butterfly finally settled for a
a few seconds on the lower slopes of Mill Hill.
was one of eight species of butterfly
seen on the downs. Meadow
were the most frequently seen.
of place was given to a good condition Small
Copper. A Large
White, and two brown females, one each
of Common Blue
and Adonis Blue were
an overcast afternoon, I was pleased to see
a Grey Wagtail
the Ladywells Stream
on the Coombes Road.
have moved into the third quarter of the year: most flowers
had gone to seed and with the lack of nectar plants there was the corresponding
paucity of butterflies. The
total count was just short of thirty of eight species.
Most of these were on Mill Hill where Meadow
Browns composed about half of them, with
three Adonis Blues
one or two Clouded Yellows.
colonial bees, the Ivy Bee, Colletes
hederae, were buzzing around
on the lower slopes of Mill Hill, where there was a cleistogamic
flowering Sweet Violet
at the southern end.
spiky leaves of Carline Thistle
had turned from green silver and mostly they were the final rusty-bronze
colour. Notably there was a cleistogamic flowering
Sweet Violet at the southern end of the
lower slopes of Mill Hill. I spotted a Dark
Bush Cricket on Mill Hill Road at the
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