small pond was installed on 15 April 2004
small pond almost obscured in the overgrown wildlife garden on 2
to 2007 Garden Reports
Admiral Butterfly and large bumblebee
were disturbed in Corbyn Crescent, Shoreham.
by Andy Thorne
darkness, a large grey adult Fox
rummaged around the black plastic rubbish bags in the western section (central
area) of Corbyn Crescent in Shoreham town.
a caterpillar of the immigrant
Convolvulus Hawk-moth, Agrius
convolvuli, from being squashed as it slowly crawled across Corbyn
Crescent, Shoreham. The caterpillars feed
on Common Bindweed, but they cannot survive a British winter.
I opened the door in the early afternoon, a Red
Admiral Butterfly flew over the front
garden and on to the roof.
wondered over the wet grass of a back garden in Corbyn Crescent in the
middle of the day (1:00 pm).
before 9:30 pm,
a Common Frog
was discovered just outside my front door and chased back to the garden
soaked by a recent shower
distinctive caterpillar of the Elephant
elpenor, was discovered in the middle
of Nicolson Drive in residential Shoreham (an area with large gardens).
As it was imminent danger of being squashed it was removed to my front
garden. The caterpillar was not measured, but estimated to be about 70
mm in length.
before midnight, a Common Frog
was discovered inside my front door and chased back to the garden soaked
by a recent shower. It might have been the one released into the front
garden before. It did not squeal though and I could not see a hump on its
back, but I would guess it was the same one. It may have been attracted
to the light?
Frog transferred from Sonia's
back garden to my front garden pond made squealing noises as it was encouraged
to jump into the pond. It was more slimy that usual to touch and seemed
to have a bit of an unnatural hump on its back.
White Butterfly fluttered over Corbyn
Crescent; nothing unusual about that. I put 25 gallons of tapwater in the
Duckweed-covered pond and pulled out some vegetation. Three 10-spined
Sticklebacks were netted and a tadpole
that had not grown any legs.
comae, and several Mint
auratus were seen in my front garden in
Shoreham during the day. These are both small moths
frequently seen and are probably both common species.
inconspicuous flowers of Gypsywort can be seen in my front garden
first flowers of Water Mint have
appeared in my untidy front garden.
surface of the pond is almost entirely covered by Duckweed,
which probably came in with the frog spawn
earlier this year. Most of the tadpoles
still do not have any legs.
Orb Spider, Araneus diadematus,
my front garden in Corbyn Crescent was big enough to capture butterflies.
was a Gatekeeper Butterfly
in my front garden in Corbyn Crescent.
Jenny appeared at the edge of the
small pond.The sepals on this plant are wide and definitive.
pond itself had become so overgrown that I roughly hacked at the vegetation.
The water level had fallen by at least 20 cm, so the margin ledges were
now overgrown dry land.
was the warmest day of the year so far as the air temperature measured
29.8 ºC at 4:16 pm. This
was the warmest temperature that I have ever recalled.
was too warm to venture out and the only two butterflies
recorded were a Red Admiral
in Dolphin Road near the Eastern Avenue railway crossing gates and a Large
White in Corbyn Crescent, both in urban
was a surprise to see the first Hummingbird
Hawk-moth of the year whirring around
my uncut Garden Privet hedge before flying on. This was much earlier in
the year than their normal first appearance.
young healthy looking Fox
was caught in the car headlights in Corbyn Crescent, Shoreham, (it emerged
from the pavement outside of the gardens on the east side)
just before midnight when
the air temperature
was an astonishing 24.1 ºC. During the day it was the warmest of the
year so far as the air temperature measured 29.2 ºC at 4:01
Town & Gardens
bear" caterpillar of the Garden
Tiger Moth, Arctia
caja, crawled across the pavement
in Dolphin Road, Shoreham.
bear" caterpillar of the Garden
Tiger Moth was found dead (probably squashed)
in my Shoreham garden.
growing wild underneath the Privet hedge tasted sweet and I must assume
that these are escaped cultivars.
seen in my Shoreham garden.
dip into the overgrown pond with a small aquarium net caught a small tadpole
without any legs and one 10-spined Stickleback.
of the small blue damselflies
was seen near the overgrown pond. I am not sure which species. It was smaller
than normal and was most likely an Azure
a Blue-tailed Damsel.
small moth settled on a Bramble leaf under the shade of the Garden Privet
in my front garden in residential Shoreham.
identification is the the 998 Light Brown
Apple Moth Epiphyas
thought this Garden Chafer, Phyllopertha
horticola, spotted on my garden table
was dead as it was very still and allowed me to turn it over. Then it flew
away! This insect is usually regarded as a
intermittent showers were a nuisance. The
only saving grace were these pictures. The
pond is overgrown with grasses and there is very little water surface.
caterpillar that crawled around in my south
Shoreham garden was probably a brown dull larva
of the Muslin Moth,
adult Common Frog
made a visit to the edge of my pond, remaining so still, I was not sure
it was alive until I tickled it and it made one leap into the weedy pond.
The weed does not now seem to contain any blanket weed which occurred in
the first year. The Pond Water Crowfoot
cannot be seen and this seems to have lost out amongst faster growing vegetation.
The Gypsywort seem to be surviving on the margins.
small fly landed on a water plant. It is too
and it will probably escape identification for the time being. It may only
be 5 mm long (rough estimate).
(Hairy-footed) Flower Bee with
a long tongue buzzed
around the flowering Rosemary.
appreared amongst the grass of the species Coprinus
on the reeds needs to be identified. The small size of this hoverfly is
misleading. It must be Eupeodes sp.,although
it much smaller, half the size of normal Eupoedes
I have seen.
still have not grown any legs. The Sticklebacks
still have not been seen.
Marigolds growing from the pond margins,
submerged in water, were flowering, but the others were not. A small rockery
was created with some small foreign shrubs and herbs. The rocks were already
there and soil and plants were placed over them.
first web of a young Garden Orb Spider,
diadematus, was obvious.
first yellow Marsh Marigold
flower has appeared from a clump gowing in the
shallows of the pond, rather than the bog
the warm sunshine, butterflies appeared almost
immediately with a Speckled Wood
and a Small White
in the twitten between Corbyn Crescent
and Middle Road, Shoreham.
or Water Boatmen
to be seen, but I was surprised to see that a Pond
sp., had flown in* to my tiny garden pond
and it ran across what little surface water was not covered in vegetation.
(*The last water plants were introduced in 2004,
but frog spawn was introduced on 20 March
was no sign of the Water Soldier
plant either. It seems it may have got lost in the surfeit of water plants.
The pond and margins are being taken over by the most suitable plants for
the small habitat.
lapidarius, was buzzing around the garden looking for a hole for
the second day in succession.
introduced a few cultivated plants to the front garden including Cowslips
and Spotted Deadnettle.
They are not expected to settle in until next year.
first butterfly in my Shoreham town garden,
a Small White,
did not so much as visit, but fluttered over the Privet hedge.
surface of the small pond was teeming with frog
tadpoles but there were no Sticklebacks
to be seen.
swerved between the gap in the semi-detached houses to the east of my home
and headed north between the gap in the houses on the other side immediately
north of my window. I thought its plumage looked dirty and
I wondered if they moulted after immigration?
four pairs of 10-spined
Sticklebacks were chasing each other and
a couple were observed mating in the surface waters of the weedy pond.
There were probably many more sticklebacks
and hundreds of small frog tadpoles
were still wriggling amongst the weed as well.
tadpoles are wriggling about near the
surface amongst the vegetation that covers most of the surface, but the
Sticklebacks seem to be attacking them
of the frog spawn
has changed appearance and hatching of the eggs into free swimming tiny
tadpoles is imminent. The 10-spined Sticklebacks
take an active interest in the spawn even before the tadpoles
have hatched. The Backswimmer Water Boatmen
are no longer to be seen in the surface waters.
gallon of frog spawn
was introduced to the pond from a north Shoreham garden.
Alas, I forgot to inspect the spawn for Duckweeed.
large leaves of an unknown plant were seen growing in a boggy area to the
south of the pond.
first mollusc of the year was a Pond Snail
be positively identified) in my Shoreham
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