ADUR NATURE NOTES 2014
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September 2014

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EVENTS


WILDLIFE REPORTS
 

24 September 2014
On a cloudy day. I picked an overcast period as the River Adur was flooded by an equinoctial spring tide just after midday. Three Grey Herons stood in the Sea Purslane covered shallows with two Little Egrets, at the first bend in the river north of the Toll Bridge.
 

 
 Grey Heron
 Common Darters
 

Darters (dragonflies) were occasionally spotted including a mating pair of Common Darters flying in tandem over the Down's Link Cyclepath, north of Old Shoreham.

22 September 2014

Lesser Weever

On an unusual autumn shrimping expedition off Shoreham, a venomous Lesser Weever, Echiichthys vipera, was caught in the push-net in very shallow water. 
Shrimping Report

19 September 2014 

Garden Orb Spider
Araneus diadematus

Butterflies have given way to spiders, crane flies and dragonflies on an Indian Summer day (> 21.4°C). Common Darters were present over streams and patches of water like field drainage, and larger dragonflies were either Southern Hawkers or Migrant Hawkers and probably both.
Brief Butterfly Report
 

18 September 2014 
I spotted half a dozen stumpy Common Lizards, Lacerta vivipara, on the chestnut fencing at the top of the Pixie Path that had all lost part of, or for two of them, almost all of their tails. These were the first I have seen this year. 

 

 

17 September 2014
A large adult Hedgehog had a stand off with a Cat that seemed a less than even match in Corbyn Crescent, Shoreham. It is good to see Hedgehogs are still active near Middle Road allotments. 

16 September 2014
 

Brown Argus on Carline Thistle
Adonis Blues

On a warm (21.7 °C) humid afternoon butterflies were still present on the lower slopes of Mill Hill. Eight species were seen including Adonis Blues and Small Heaths.
Full Mill Hill Report

9 September 2014

Kingfisher at Widewater Lagoon. Lancing
Photograph by Howard Kearley
Wildlife of Lancing, Sompting & surrounds facebook

8 September 2014

                  Hairy Porcelain Crab
                 Lesser Spotted Dogfish

A large ripple followed by a dark grey shape was a Common Seal underneath the Adur Ferry Bridge just after the low spring tide had turned. It did not surface so its identity was not confirmed but there was a commotion in the shallow water caused by a single animal.
On a warm September afternoon a rockpooling trip to Worthing Pier was distinguished by a Mermaid's Purse washed up against the pier supports, that contained a live shark (Lesser Spotted Dogfish) that was released from its purse and placed in a small aquarium
Rockpooling Report

7 September 2014

Little Stint, Calidris minuta feeding on a sandhopper
at Widewater Lagoon. Lancing
Photograph by Jan Charteris

4 September 2014
Two Clouded Yellow Butterflies were seen fluttering over the flowery shingle above the high tide mark on Shoreham Beach on separate occasions. Although still warm (> 21°C) with not much of a breeze, but there were still signs of change, a lone Swallow over the beach, and scores of immigrant Starlings in the hedgerows amongst the blackberries, elderflower berries, rose hips and haws. A score or more Great Black-backed Gulls rested with other gulls on the mud flats at low tide between the Railway Viaduct and the Toll Bridge

2 September 2014
 

 Adonis Blue 
 Adonis Blue 
 Large White

Over a hundred House Martins swooped over the River Adur and the Riverbank Business Centre north of the Railway Viaduct on the eastern bank. The sun shined and out came ten species of butterfly
Adur Butterfly Report



 

September 2013 Reports

Wild Flowers 2014
Shoreham Weather 2014

EasyTide (Shoreham)

Shoreham Beach Weather Station
 

Adur Nature Notes 2013


Butterfly List 2014
Adur Butterfly Flight Times
Flora of Shoreham-by-Sea
Shoreham and District Ornithological Society
Sussex Ornithological Society News
Lancing Village
 
 
 
 

MultiMap Aerial Photograph of the Adur Levels and Downs
 

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