flew over Southwick Hill and another sighting was reported from nearby
the downs north of Shoreham).
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).
Southwick Hill, Red Star Thistle (a
Knapweed) was still in flower.
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crossed the bridge over the A27
to take the footpath to New Erringham and Mill
Hill passing by Slonk Hill Farm. The route past the farm was gated,
so I saw my first Marbled White Butterfly
of the day on the vegetation shorn detour (it is usually too overgrown).
The bridlepath up to Stonechat Junction produced occasional Gatekeepers,
a few Large Whites, Meadow
Tortoiseshells and one
Comma Butterfly. By the time I had got
to New Erringham Farm I had added Red Admirals
and Small Skippers with
a Creeping Thistle
on the side of the top road by New Erringham Farm.
discovered a large Adder
basking in the sun on Southwick Hill.
passage rather than a leisurely trip on the bridlepath from Slonk Hill
Farm to New Erringham Farm yielded just one Small
Tortoiseshell Butterfly. A Swallow
flew over the farm.
to 2005 Southwick Hill Reports
TO THE REPORTS UP TO 2004
of Lancing (Ray Hamblett)
Notes for Lancing Ring