is a alien hybrid ragwort first introduced to
into the UK around 1690
via the Oxford Botanic Gardens. It escaped into the wild and spread rapidly
along railway tracks from the late 19th century.
In Shoreham it favours the gravel ballast of the railway track (near Eastern
Avenue Railway Level Crossing) and areas of shingle on Shoreham
Beach. Its flowers are a richer
yellow than the native Common Ragwort
and Hoary Ragwort.
It is a more attractive plant with a longer flowering season. It
can be seen in flower from April until November.
mid-tide a Great
Crested Grebe preening itself on the River
Adur north of Adur
Flyover, Old Shoreham. As I watched the darting flight of Kingfisher
spotted briefly in the near distance before it disappeared from view.
first autumnal mushrooms appeared on Buckingham
Funnel Cap Clitocybe
Conifer Seed Bug,
discovered by Andrew
Nobbs in Fishersgate. This
species is native to western North America but has accidentally spread
to western Europe.
10 October 2016
cloudy skies there were lots of yellow flowers
on wayside plants with a justified reputation for being difficult to identify.
The following dandelion-like
flowers were seen and identified: Rough
Hawkbit, Lesser Hawkbit, Autumnal Hawkbit, Dandelions, Bristly Ox-tongue,
Hawkweed Ox-tongue, Bristly Sow Thistle, Perennial Sow Thistle
and Prickly Lettuce.
a varied cloudy
day, the most spectacular Rainbow
I had ever seen appeared over Shoreham for 18 minutes in the afternoon.
It appeared as both as a double rainbow
and even a treble rainbow
for a very brief moment.
was already looking for the last butterfly
of the year: a Red Admiral
was seen over Riverbank by the houseboats around midday
very weak sunshine between the gaps in the clouds. Five
were seen feeding on the Flood Arches mud at low tide.
A half a dozen or more Turnstones
searched for food on the mussel beds underneath
the Norfolk Bridge.
on Mill Hill and no butterflies anywhere
in the afternoon, but it was cloudy and not butterfly weather.
White Butterfly was seen in Shoreham town
Lizard predating on a Crane-fly
by Su Reed
Beach Weather Station
Nature Notes 2013