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2006
 Adur Flood Plain
 Chalk Downs
 Coastal Fringe
 Intertidal (Seashore)
 River Adur Estuary
 Lancing Nature Blogspot
 Sea (off Sussex)
 Town & Gardens
 Widewater Lagoon
 Garden Bird List 2006
 Adur World Oceans Day 2007

 
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 Rye Harbour Nature Reserve
 Sussex Archaeology &
 Folklore
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 Adur Butterfly Page
Adur Butterflies
 

 
 



 
 


 

Adur Valley Wildlife

Southwick Nature
Town & Gardens, Sea & Seashore 2007 et seq.
including Shoreham Harbour wildlife

Southwick Beach
11 December 2006



 
LINK TO THE SOUTHWICK NATURE REPORTS 2008
 

12 - 23 December 2007
A Little Auk is photographed in Shoreham Harbour Canal (Southwick).


23 December 2007
A male Peregrine Falcon flew over Shoreham Harbour from north-west of the Power Station and circuited the whole building before landing on its nest box hidden from view on the south side of the chimney.

11 - 23 December 2007
A first winter male Glaucous Gull was regularly seen in Shoreham Harbour around the numerous fishing vessels and originally discovered by Paul James.

18 December 2007
 

These may be autocumulus clouds in the mid and late afternoon with an easterly breeze over Roman Road, Southwick.  The identity of the clouds has not been confirmed.  Do we have a match for Semi-transparent Autocumulus?
Altocumulus translucidus

Full Weather Report
 
21 November 2007
A Great Crested Grebe  on the surface of the sea repeatedly dived as the tide came in at the far western end of Southwick Beach just inshore from the concrete sea defences.

Half of the time it was under the water and most fishing expeditions seemed unsuccessful. On one occasion it surfaced with what appeared to be a fish or shrimp in its mouth.
There were 200+ immature Herring Gulls on the shingle beach in the sheltered lee of the furthermost west of the syenite rock sea defences, with an occasional adult bird.  One medium-sized Common Starfish, Asterias rubens, washed up dead on the strandline
A small clump of Field Mushrooms grew underneath a Poplar Tree on the edge of Southwick Green, but they were too wet and deteriorated to eat. 
Adur Fungi 2007

20 November 2007
Two Peregrine Falcons perched on the Shoreham Harbour Power Station chimney separated by some distance before they flew off at 9:30 am.

Report by Peter Talbot-Elsden


7 November 2007
I disturbed a handful of male and female Pheasants near Slonk Hill Farm (north Shoreham). A medium-sized bird of prey glided over a large field (in pasture) to the east of the bridlepath north to Southwick Hill viewed from Stonechat Junction where Rock Rose was still in flower. The raptor was probably a female Kestrel, but it showed no signs of hovering and dived down in a curved flight (unlike the direct descent usual with Kestrels). It could have been a Buzzard
 
Common Rock Rose Red Star Thistle

On Southwick Hill, Red Star Thistle (a Knapweed) was still in flower. 
Adur Wild Flowers 2007

5 November 2007
A Red Admiral Butterfly fluttered around a tree on Southwick Green.

2 November 2007
A healthy adult Red Fox trotted across Park Lane at the southern end of Southwick Green at about 9:00 pm.

13 September 2007
I saw a group of over 32 Mute Swans in Shoreham Harbour Canal to the east of the Power Station just to the west of Copperas Gap. I was surprised at the large number. 

Mute Swans in Shoreham Harbour

7 September 2007
One (probably the female) Peregrine Falcon flew around the Shoreham Harbour Power Station chimney twice. 

14 July 2007
Two Peregrine Falcons flew around the Shoreham Harbour Power Station chimney.

Report from North Stand Chat


12 July 2007
One (probably the female) Peregrine Falcon flew around the Shoreham Harbour Power Station chimney squawking like mad in the early afternoon. 

Report by Peter Talbot-Elsden

 

The vegetated shingle patch outside Carat's Cafe, Southwick Beach, alongside the road on the north side was full up with a selection of wild plants notably Silver Ragwort, Kidney Vetch, Melilot, Yellow-horned Poppy, Sea Beet, Rock Samphire, Sea Campion, Tree Mallow, Scentless Mayweed, Rough Hawkbit, a Thistle, Dock, Bird's Foot Trefoil, Sea Heath and many others I did not note.

25 June 2007
Five Marbled White Butterflies seen on Southwick Hill in the evening in poor weather.

Report by Bridget James on Sussex Butterflies
Adur Butterfly & Large Moth List

8 June 2007
Whilst shrimping off Southwick, I caught two Thornback Rays, Raja clavata, in the large push-net. The largest of the rays was estimated at over 20 cm across the wings. 

Report by Peter Talbot-Elsden


4 June 2007
Shrimping at Southwick produced one Sole. Solea solea, six small Solenettes (Slipper Soles), two types of Hermit Crabs, and sandy coloured crabs as well.

Report by Peter Talbot-Elsden
BMLSS Hermit Crabs

25 May 2007
Two medium sized Grey Mullet were seen on the canal side of the lock gates in Shoreham Harbour. 

24 April 2007
A dog discovered a large Adder basking in the sun on Southwick Hill

Hearsay Report


19 & 21 April 2007
The last time (this spring) that the Peregrine Falcons was seen by Shoreham Harbour Power Station chimney in Southwick at 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm respectively. 

Report by Peter Talbot-Elsden


14 March 2007
There was no sign of the Yellow-browed Warbler hiding out in a Norway Spruce (Christmas) tree in Phoenix Crescent, but only a perched Collared Dove and a visiting Blue Tit in the late morning.
PS: The Yellow-browed Warbler was reported later. 

1 March 2007
The Yellow-browed Warbler was living in this treeThe little bird known as the Yellow-browed Warbler, Phylloscopus inornatus, was still hiding out in a Norway Spruce (Christmas) tree in Phoenix Crescent, in a Southwick garden, and can be viewed from the road with great difficulty as it was well hidden amongst the branches and firs. After about five minutes I caught a glimpse of it enough to see its creamy-yellow eyestripe as it posed for about 30 seconds. Its breast was a pale grey. This bird regularly flitted from branch to branch and for most of the time it remained very well hidden. This small bird is a Scarce Vagrant in Sussex. It is normal place of abode is in Asia, east from the Urals. 
On several occasions a Crow flew ominiously overhead. 

25 February 2007
A Yellow browed Warbler, Phylloscopus inornatus, in a Southwick garden showed very well and called regularly. The bird frequented a pine tree in the first garden on the left in Phoenix Crescent. This small bird is a Scarce Vagrant in Sussex.

Image
Birds of Sussex

20 February 2007
A pair of Peregrine Falcons appeared from behind the Shoreham Harbour Power Station chimney in Southwick at 9:30 am.

Report by Peter Talbot-Elsden


22 January 2007
A pair of Peregrine Falcons appeared from behind the Shoreham Harbour Power Station chimney in Southwick at 11:00 am. At least one of the falcons flew out at least three times during the next hour. A Cormorant fanned its wings on a pontoon in the canal.

6 January 2007
The smaller male Peregrine Falcon was seen on the north side of Shoreham Harbour Power Station chimney in Southwick at 10:00 am

Report by Peter Talbot-Elsden

 


 

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