DYKE & MILLER'S
to the Waterworks Road
Stream & Spring Dyke on
foreground is an old hay meadow still harvested annually and the fields
on the right are agricultural pastures
Stream with Mill
Hill, the downs
in the background, and the Stinging Nettle
covered Spring Dyke in the foreground on
puella, flew over Spring
Dyke, north of Old Shoreham. Not so much as
flying as darting about in the air over the vegetation which contained
about 20% Stinging Nettles.
Dragons & Damsels 2008
were two Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies
on the Stinging Nettle covered Spring Dyke next to Miller's
Stream, Old Shoreham. Two
disturbed. A pair of Mallards
on the water.
Butterfly List 2008
was seen on Spring Dyke (next to Miller's Stream) but the field was too
overgrown to enter with Hogweed
up to two metres high.
Flag Iris was flowering in Miller's Stream
and on Spring Dyke next to it at the western end where the stream runs
parallel with the Steyning Road.
Damselflies, Coenagrion puella, seen
for the first time this year, were frequently seen on the Spring
Dyke and they appear to have just emerged from the adjacent Miller's
Stream. The damsels
were just inside the gate. I did not venture around the corner out of sight
of the Steyning Road because the Stinging Nettles were too numerous and
the dyke overgrown.
through the Stinging Nettles, I disturbed in order: one Grey Heron,
Woodpecker, one Peacock
Butterfly and one Common
lizard (the first one seen here) skittered
through the undergrowth to shelter. There were noisy bird calls from the
reeds and I assume that these were Moorhens?
am not familiar with their calls.)
Woodpecker took flight from Spring Dyke on an overcast day with a couple
on Miller's Stream
but nothing much moving and nothing of note. The was a hole and burrow
the size of a rabbit's burrow but no rabbit droppings were seen at its
were also a handful of small isolated mushrooms
and a clump of them as well. It was one of those small species that I cannot
identify. The dominant vegetation (30% ground coverage) was the young growth
of Stinging Nettles. There were few unidentified mammal
Stream on 25
single small (5 pence-sized cap) mushroom on
the flattened reeds of the Spring Dyke was a Tubaria
furfuracea. There was disturbance
evidence of a probable
and five Mallards
took flight. A large dry dropping
of an animal larger than a dog was spotted. The dropping looked like it
contained lots of vegetable matter, so I suspect it was a fewmet
deposited on the reeds by a Roe Deer.
were a dozen Moorhens
the pasture to the west of the road opposite with a Magpie.
Dyke with Images on 1 February 2006
Dyke 2005 Wildlife Reports
Nature Notes 2005: Index Page