ADUR NATURE NOTES 2016
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October 2016

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WILDLIFE REPORTS
 

25 October 2016

Oxford Ragwort, Senecio squalidus, 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. 

22 October 2016

At 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 was spotted briefly in the near distance before it disappeared from view.

21 October 2016
The first autumnal mushrooms appeared on Buckingham Cutting (south).

Ivory Funnel Cap   Clitocybe

Adur Fungi

15 October 2016

An immigrant Western Conifer Seed Bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis, was discovered by Andrew Nobbs in Fishersgate. This species is native to western North America but has accidentally spread to western Europe.

14 October 2016

Mill Hill

9 & 10 October 2016
Under 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.
Cichorioid Daisies

9 October 2016
On 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. 

8 October 2016
I was already looking for the last butterfly of the year: a Red Admiral was seen over Riverbank by the houseboats around midday in very weak sunshine between the gaps in the clouds. Five Teal 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

7 October 2016
No butterflies on Mill Hill and no butterflies anywhere in the afternoon, but it was cloudy and not butterfly weather. 

5 October 2016
A Small White Butterfly was seen in Shoreham town near Dunelem.

2 October 2016

Wall Lizard predating on a Crane-fly
Photograph by Su Reed
Location: Shoreham Fort

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