12 August 2021



31 July 2020

Burnet Saxifrage
Pimpinella saxifraga

Downs Link
Old Erringham

Early c. 4 June 2020

Wild Carrot

21  May 2020
Wild Carrot was seen with its flowering umbel for the first time this year next to the path immediately north of Ropetackle North building site.

Water Dropwort on the eastern towpath at Old Shoreham

6 May 2020

Water Dropwort on the western towpath opposite Coombes


28 August 2019

Burnet Saxifrage
Pimpinella saxifraga

Mill Hill, top meadows

21 July 2019

16 July 2019

Wild Parsnip
Mill Hill


17 July 2018

Wild Carrot
Upright Hedge Parsley, Torilis japonica

3 June 2018

Hemlock Water Dropwort

In the late morning,  on the Downs Link Cyclepath, south of the Flyover that a large group of umbellifers grew on the western verge nearer the River Adur.  These were thought to be Hemlock Water Dropwort.

4 October 2017

Common Hogweed
Heracleum sphondylium

Adur Hogweeds

2 October 2017

Burnet Saxifrage
Pimpinella saxifraga

26 September 2017

Burnet Saxifrage
Pimpinella saxifraga

Mill Hill

25 July 2017

Upright Hedge Parsley
Torilis japonica
Mill Hill

Common in July, flowers quite delicate looking, plant covered with rough hairs which lie flat to the stem - have a feel. Leaves dark green, terminal leaflet long and pointy. Fruit is the clincher, those rows of curved spines are diagnostic.

Comments by Alyson Freeman

22 July 2017

Hogweeds compared
Buckingham Cutting (south)

20 July 2017

Fennel and Parsnip

17 July 2017

Wild Carrot
Mill Hill

16 July 2017

Water Dropwort
Wood's Mill

Common Hogweed
Heracleum sphondylium
Down's Link Cyclepath between Erringham Gap and the fields south of Bramber
Adur Levels

Adur Hogweeds

15 July 2017


Adur Alexanders

8 August 2016

Hemlock Water Dropwort
Old Shoreham

13 May 2016

Cow Parsley

15 August 2015

Umbellifer: Upright Hedge Parsley Torilis japonica ? It could be  Anthriscus caucalis - Burr Chervil
NB: the burred fruits, suggestion by Peter
Steyning Downs

August 2014

Wild Carrot

18 May 2016

Cow Parsley (foreground)


12 July 2012


Wild Carrot

26 June 2012

Wild Carrot
Daucus carota

14 August 2011

Wild Carrot
Wild Carrot
 Greater Burnet Saxifrage

 14 August 2010

Wild Carrot
Wild Carrot
Late July 2008
Wild Carrot
Wild Carrot
Wild Carrot

 July 2008

Wild Carrot
Hogweed on Mill Hill (upper meadow area)
Wild Carrot

18 May 2008

Flowers and leaves by the Adur riverbank in Old Shoreham. The umbellifer in the photograph is the poisonous Hemlock Water Dropwort not the edible Celery, Apium graveolens.  This plant was no longer present in 2011.

15 May 2008
Hemlock Water Dropwort   (Spring Dyke)  ID not confirmed
A Hemlock Water Dropwort, Oenanthe crocata, on the Spring Dyke. This plant is poisonous.
9 March 2008

Umbellifer in north Buckingham Park, north Shoreham
  A very early Cow Parsley, Anthriscus sylvestris
The north of Buckingham Park may be chalky.

ID by Paul Kennett on UKBotany

Various Dates

Alexanders, Smyrnium olustratum
Wild Parsnip, Pastinaca sativa 
Wild Parsnip

1 December 2006

Under an overcast sky there were few flowers to be seen on the muddy Coastal Link Cyclepath north of the Toll Bridge, Old Shoreham. The umbellifer on the left was seen by the first wooden gate on the west side. This is the Common Hogweed, Heracleum sphondylium. By 6 December 2006, it had almost totally ceased in flower. Because of its small size I thought it was Angelica at first. 

30 August 2006

This small umbellifer was found on Mill Hill. There were no noticeable leaves to this plant. 

19 June 2005
At the top of the Drive, Shoreham, perhaps 50 metres to the east, there was a large Hogweed plant in flower, easily two metres in height. So large was this specimen it is the Giant Hogweed?

Yarrow is in the Daisy Family

Apiaceae (Umbelliferae) on flickr