under the Ash
branches were hanging heavy with keys
almost forming a complete canopy over parts of the Downs
Link Cyclepath from Old Shoreham to Upper
Beeding. Colour was in the hedge border, full of wild fruits and berries,
the red of Hawthorn,
Rose (a honeysuckle) were most noticeable.
caught this very young 30 cm long shark off the coast at Lancing
Beach in the evening. It is a very young Starry Smooth-hound,
asterias, which was born alive (ovoviviparous)
in the mother shark at a length of about 30 cm. Adults
attain a length of two metres. (I could be the similar Smooth-hound,
by Sean Clark
involutus mushroom in Shoreham Cemetery.
was my first local record of this mushroom.
of over twenty Rooks
descended on Frampton's Field, a horse
pasture halfway up the downs from Old Shoreham.
the southern (north-facing) slopes of Anchor
Bottom cattle pasture, there were scores of Small
Scabious but I only discovered one spike
of the orchid Autumn
Lady's Tresses amongst the numerous cow
on the Adur Levels, the River
Adur was was in flood from the from the
spring tide. There was little of no breeze so the
incessant water movement was only when it was pushed up the banks and upriver.
Over a hundred Swallows in low density flights
made an impressive sight as they swooped low over the flat surface of the
river. One of these hirundine
birds twice dipped into the salt water with a distinctive splash.
the recent rain, hundreds
of mushrooms appeared on Anchor
Bottom and one clump of Fairy Ring Mushrooms,
oreades, on the edge of the River
the rain and the near Gale, the day was fine, overcast with intermittent
sunshine. Orb Spiders
had spun a deadly trap of threads over the Brambles
and there seemed hardly any refuge for the butterflies
that remained. The lower slopes of Mill Hill
were cast in shade as the clouds blocked out the rays of sun.
There no butterflies at all for nearly five minutes, just hundreds of Meadow
Grasshoppers jumping everywhere I stood
and scores of Crane-flies
over the short vegetation.
the northern end of the lower slopes of Mill Hill there are three clumps
of Devil's Bit Scabious growing
close together and these provided a first class attraction for about 25
and about four Common
over the available flowerheads. And that seemed to be it, perhaps for the
year until a restless Clouded Yellow
flew by without pausing.
handful of House Martins
and at least one Swallow
were flying around the Riverbank Business Centre (north of Ropetackle)
and many of the birds were flying in a large open window of an unoccupied
prefabricated building on the site. The building had a large hole in the
roof and they did not appear to be flying out of this immediately. Over
the River Adur a Near Gale
was blowing and capping the small waves with white. The wind blew from
the south-west on the high tide.
managed to see the head of the Common Seal
in the Shoreham Harbour entrance as it surfaced briefly three times too
far away for a clear photograph. It spent most of its time underwater and
it was frustrating to find out where it would surface.
were so many Sparrows
in the Buddleia
bushes between Ropetackle and Old Shoreham, that I am surprised there were
that escaped their feeding attentions. Eight
butterfly species were seen in an hour or so.
þe juys of the eldirbery temp[r]id with wyne.. & all the evyll
will pass thorow the foundement.
on the image to find the location on a map via flickr
soared over the southern scarp of the Anchor
Bottom cattle pasture mobbed by a Crow
between the electricity pylons.
the torrential rain in the previous day and
on an overcast day I expected the butterflies
to be diminished in numbers and variety and it was as expected in the same
proportions as before. Seven butterfly species
and four day-flying moths were seen on the
lower slopes of Mill Hill. They were mostly
to Devil's Bit Scabious.
warm weather finally broke and the first overcast day for a week, with
rain, and the end of the summer
weather and the beginning of autumn.
small family of Moorhens
resided on the duckweed
covered Annington Sewer
north of Botolphs.
the River Adur at
afterwards, I spotted a hen Mallard and
seven chicks on the River
Adur swimming against the incoming tide
under Bramber Bridge. Apparently, eight chicks
hatched out from a nest in a tree near St. Mary's House where a small stream
feeds into the river. A solitary Mallard
was also seen near the small footbridge over the river near (east of) Steyning.
I walked my bike on the footpath on the Bramber side upriver from Bramber
Bridge, a sudden splash turned by head in time to see a 20
cm fish jump completely out of the water,
twisted in mid-air to show its flanks with a tinge of gold before disappearing
under water not be seen again. I could see that it was elongate and trout
shaped and it wasn't a Grey Mullet
or Bass or Sand
Smelt the fish usually seen in the brackish
part of the river further south. (The nearest
freshwater is over three miles to the north.
It was mid-tide. Freshwater fish have been
reported in the brackish part of the river in the past.)
It seems most likely that is was a Sea
Woods in Buckingham Park
was seen in the filled lock gates at the entrance to the canal section
of Shoreham Harbour.
was subsequently seen resting on a pontoon in the middle of the canal.
by Ashley Paul Richards (Link)
afternoon visit to Mill Hill on the the
day of Shoreham Air Show
was a little overcast by the afternoon. Nine
species only were noted as the season draws to a close. Adonis
past their peak with just fifty seen in just over an hour.
Browns were the commonest butterfly with
an estimated eighty seen, and still attracted to the Carline
Nature Notes 2012