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Adur Valley Wildlife

Southwick Hill
including Slonk Hill Farm, 
Mossy Bottom, New Erringham
and Thundersbarrow

On Southwick Hill behind the Marks & Spencer superstore, there is a tunnel, it is apparently there to allow small mammals to get under the A27 bypass.
TQ 235 067

Report by Ray Hamblett on Lancing Nature Notes


Link to 2007 Reports

16 April 2007
A passage rather than a leisurely trip on the bridlepath from Slonk Hill Farm to New Erringham Farm yeilded just one Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly. A Swallow flew over the farm. 

12 November 2005
Two spectacular male Ring Ouzels were seen on on Thundersbarrow Hill (TQ 227 091) at midday.
Report by Helen Crabtree on the Sussex Ornithological Society News

11 September 2005
A large population of Red Star Thistle, Centaurea calcitrapa, was seen on Southwick Hill (TQ 2307).

Red Star Thistle, Centaurea calcitrapa, on Mill Hill

11 August 2005
A 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 Rock Rose), frequent Meadow Browns and the occasional Gatekeeper

Common Blues

The 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 Hill.
Adur Butterfly & Large Moth List 2005

A bright blue Emperor Dragonfly flew over the New Erringham Farm fields. 

29 July 2005
The 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.

Adur Butterfly Flight Times
Adur Butterflies: First Dates
Butterfly List for the Day

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