to Southwick Nature 2006
spectacular male Ring Ouzels
were seen on on Thundersbarrow Hill (TQ 227
091) at midday.
large population of Red Star Thistle,
calcitrapa, was seen on Southwick Hill (TQ
hurried out of the way walk (mostly, it was slightly uphill and the terrain
was bumpy) from Slonk Hill Farm to New Erringham Farm (north of Shoreham)
produced 300+ male Common Blues,
two Brown Argus Butterflies
(mating flight 100 metres west of the stables), a single Small
Tortoiseshell (the only butterfly by the
Browns and the occasional Gatekeeper.
interesting observation was the path by Mossy Bottom Barn had a puddle
of mud and water and this attracted 150 of the Common
Blues (all males seen). There was no dung
so they must have been attracted for the moisture from the parched downs,
next to grazing fields covered in Ragwort.
The path sides had a continuous record of Common
Blues. No Chalkhill
Blues were observed.This is the area good
for Wall Browns
but none were seen on a sunny day. I did not have time to visit Mill
Butterfly & Large Moth List 2005
blue Emperor Dragonfly*
flew over the New Erringham Farm fields. (*Subsequent observations indicate
that this was more likely to be a Southern
Butterfly Flight Times
first Painted Lady Butterflies,
in the Adur area this year, were seen on the farm track (north of Shoreham-by-Sea)
between New Erringham Farm and Southwick Hill.
Butterflies: First Dates
List for the Day
trip from Slonk Hill Farm - Mossy Bottom - New Erringham
unfortunately seems to be the norm, this route is relatively uneventful.
On the bridlepath by the Riding Stables (west of Slonk Hill Farm) a handful
and a small chirm of Goldfinches
were noted. Rooks
were making a lot of noise at Mossy Bottom, where there were two Small
Tortoiseshell Butterflies on the bridlepath
near the farm sheds. On the bridlepath after it turns northwards from Slonk
Hill Farm stables, a handful of Meadow
Brown Butterflies were spotted, and Greater
Knapweed and Scabious
were noted in flower on the path verges and clovers
in the pasture on the west side. The Rock
Rose was flowering at Stonechat Junction.
At New Erringham, I got a close-up look at a splendidly colourful Green
before it flew upwards and away.
75% sure I saw my first Red Admiral Butterfly
of the year in the sunshine. A few Small
Tortoiseshell Butterflies (8) and a couple
is all. They were mostly between Mill Hill
and Southwick Hill.
to 2004 Southwick Hill Reports
TO THE REPORTS UP TO 2003
of Lancing (Ray Hamblett)
Notes for Lancing Ring