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Town & Gardens, Sea & Seashore 2008 et seq.
including Shoreham Harbour wildlife

Southwick Beach at mid-tide with waves rolling in suitable for surfing

Peregrine WebCam at Brighton

16 September 2008
A Wheatear flew around the syenite rock sea defences prior to its flight south. 

25 June 2008
A pair of Peregrine Falcons, Falco peregrinus, circled around the Shoreham Harbour Power Station chimney. 

12 June 2008
A large amount of weed make shrimping impossible.

Report by Peter Talbot-Elsden

The yellow flowers of Silver Ragwort, Kidney Vetch and to a lesser extent Ribbed Melilot and Yellow-horned Poppy were noticeable in the thin strip if beach above the high tide mark, with the abundant Thrift by Carat's Cafe. .

12 May 2008
Even more perfect conditions, a bit cooler and no breeze and only the occasional rogue swell from a passing ship, my Brown Shrimp, Crangon crangon, haul at Southwick Beach was about two pints.
Masked (or Unicorn) Crabs

Other captures in the shrimp nets were a few shrimp length Lesser Weever, Echiichthys vipera, a few small to full sized Solenettes (Slipper Soles), Buglossidium luteum, one large fully grown 5-Bearded Rockling, Ciliata mustela, (which looked very much like a 3-Bearded Rockling, Gaidropsarus vulgaris, until the beards were counted), one juvenile Dragonet, Callionymus lyra, a few Vernal Crabs, Liocarcinus vernalis, one damaged (missing a claw), Masked Crab, Corystes cassivelaunus, about a dozen Shore Crabs, Carcinus maenas, with a few netted eating shrimps, a few very small swimming crabs Portumnus latipes, one South-clawed Hermit Crab, Diogenes pugilator, in a Sting Winkle shell, and a colourful Little Cuttle Sepiola.
BMLSS Crabs of the Seashore
BMLSS Shrimping

11 May 2008
Lesser Weever John Wright and Peter Talbot-Elsden

Perfect shrimping conditions were encountered on the morning low 
at Southwick Beach (1.2 metres at 10:40 am) on a sunny hazy day with an air temperature of 22.1 °C and a gentle swell. The haul included plentiful Brown Shrimps, Crangon crangon, with all three shrimpers getting more than enough for a meal each in under an hour, one fully grown Lesser Weever, Echiichthys vipera, and a few small ones, a few small Solenettes (Slipper Soles), Buglossidium luteum, a few Vernal Crabs, Liocarcinus vernalis, one damaged (missing a claw) Masked Crab, Corystes cassivelaunus,and two green Shore Crabs, Carcinus maenas
Sussex Marine Life Reports

Sea Thrift was in splendid flower to the west of Carat's Cafe, Southwick Beach, Sea Campion and the first Kidney Vetch seen in 2008 to the north on the blind side of the cafe by the harbour road. 

28 April 2008
A healthy adult Red Fox trotted from Croft Avenue, Southwick, past the Ship Inn at the eastern end of the Twitten at about 10:40 pm.

27 April 2008
Early morning shrimping was poor with just 20 Brown Shrimps, Crangon crangon.

Report by Peter Talbot-Elsden

24 April 2008
A Short-snouted Seahorse*, Hippocampus hippocampus, was discovered on the filtration plant at Shoreham Harbour. It was alive when found but died shortly afterwards. (*assumed to be this species)

Report by Peter Talbot-Elsden
BMLSS Seahorses
Sussex Marine Life Reports

16 April 2008
A Hedgehog trotted along the side of a flint wall on the southern side of Church Lane (for St. Michael's Church), Southwick. It was the first one I had seen this year. 

9 April 2008
A healthy adult Red Fox trotted from Southwick Green in the south-west corner at about 9:40 pm

10 February 2008
A Glaucous Gull was pointed out to me by the King's Head, Southwick, on the Shoreham Harbour Canal at 10.30 am

Report by John Williams on Sussex Ornithological News
Glaucous Gull Description by Bernie Forbes

21 January 2008
Timber from Greek-registered Ice Prince, which sank about 26 miles (42 km) off Dorset after a storm on 15 January 2008, deposited tonnes of pine planks littered the local beaches including Southwick beach from 20 January 2008.

Report by Peter Talbot-Elsden

16 January 2008
A large dead Lobster. Homaris gammurus, and five small Dogfish, Scyliorhinus canicula, were washed up on Southwick Beach after the recent storms. 

Report by Peter Talbot-Elsden

12 January 2008
A healthy adult Red Fox trotted from Southwick Green over the road to a front garden south of the Cricketers Public House about 9:00 pm.



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