Wild Flowers             Addenda 2006
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Wild Flowers 2007

19 December 2006
A Scentless Mayweed on Shoreham Beach (Ferry Road) was just about in flower with a few petals left.

18 & 20 December 2006
A Ragwort was seen as I cycled past without stopping still in flower one the wild verge by the closed Furnitureland store near the Hamm near central Shoreham, and the Yarrow was still just about in flower but had nearly ceased.

17 December 2006
Small ScabiousHardly any flowers put on a show during a quick detour up the local downs. On the Coastal Link Cyclepath south of the Toll Bridge, Old Shoreham, I noted Common Daisies, one Common Ragwort, one Red Deadnettle, one Groundsel and one Prickly Sow-thistle; on the verges of the the Waterworks Road there was just one White Deadnettle remaining just about in flower and a single Dandelion; with at least three flowers of Sweet Violet in a patch on the steep slopes of the southern Mill Hill, just the one Mouse-eared Hawkweed? seen on the lower slopes of Mill Hill, a dimunitive 12 cm Ragwort* on the Old Erringham pasture, followed by a Small Scabious on the ridge of Mill Hill. The count was ten species in about an hour. The frequent flowers of Carline Thistle on Mill Hill were assumed to be dead and their leaves were silvery.
(? Not absolutely sure of the the ID: Image. The leaves were not be seen. The other possibility is the Autumn Hawkbit, Leontodon autumnalis) (* Species not defined and could be Oxford Ragwort? Later, I thought of the Hoary Ragwort, Senecio erucifolius, which was not included in the first book I looked at.)
Scabious Seed Heads Comparison Image

Ragwort in flower in December14 December 2006
Wild flowers were scarce and only Common Daisies and Yarrow were noted.

13 December 2006
Ragwort was in flower on the Coastal Link Cyclepath south of the Toll Bridge, Old Shoreham. I have not worked out the species. It has always assumed to be the Common Ragwort, Senecio jacobaea, and the 30 cm specimen from the old railway line had brown bracts and appears to be the common species. The notable green leaved species is the alien known as the Oxford Ragwort, Senecio squalidus.
Ragwort Facts
Adur Ragwort

5 December 2006
Yarrow was still in flower one the wild verge by the closed Furnitureland store near the Hamm near central Shoreham.
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. 

Early December 2006
White Deadnettle was seen in flower on the verges of the Waterworks Road, but whereas it was common in November, I only noted one flower.

November 2006
Silver Ragwort

          Silver Ragwort on Southwick Beach

21 November 2006
A Marmalade Hoverfly, Episyrphus balteatus, was spotted on a remaining Greater Knapweed flower. The lone two flowers on a stem of Milkwort were seen in flower on the Pixie Path. A Yellow Wort was closed but still in flower on the lower slopes of Mill Hill

A Garden Snail, Helix aspersa, with a more yellow tinge is illustrated on the right. 

16 November 2006
The road embankments on both sides of the A27 Mill Hill Cutting (but more on the north) were shining scarlet red with the berries of Cotoneaster and orange-red with the berries of Wayfaring Tree

15 November 2006
Tamarisk was observed in flower by Widewater Lagoon.

Dog Violet1 November 2006
The only plant that was as prolific as ever was the Common Toadflax. However, there were about 30 stragglers remaining in flower past their usual date and too many to list. These included Thriftby Widewater and a second flowering of Dog Violet on the lower slopes of Mill Hill.
Adur Violets

15 October 2006
Field SpeedwellAt the southern dead end of the Coastal Link Cyclepath by the buffer stop (north of the tunnel of shrubs), I noticed the a dozen or so  dimunitive flowers of Field Speedwell and one Scarlet Pimpernel with the more prolific Common Toadflax. There was at least on Green Alkanet flower on the verges of the Waterworks Road (the vegetation was cut down earlier in the year).

13 October 2006
At the extreme southern dead end of the Coastal Link Cyclepath (south of the tunnel of shrubs) a Silver Y Moth fluttered amongst the ground vegetation (mostly now devoid of any flowers but including an occasional Red Valerian and one Red Clover).

12 October 2006
The expected Devil's Bit Scabious, Carline Thistle and a scattering of Autumn Hawkbits, other plants in flower were few and far between on the lower slopes of Mill Hill, but they did include a handful of blue Common Milkworts, Wild Basil, Lesser Centaury, dimunitive Hardheads and Self-heal. The remains of a Small Scabious and Dandelion were spotted near the stile to Old Erringham. The Common Milkworts may have been an unseasonal new flower rather than a diminished old flower of the other plants. On the middle patch of Mill Hill there was a Red Clover. Other plants on Mill Hill and the Pixie Path included a few remaining Greater Knapweed, Agrimony, small amounts of Ragwort and Ribbed Melilot.

10 October 2006
Black NightshadeA few birds flew around the bordering hedgerows and Crows and House Sparrows showed both noisily and visibly in the late afternoon, but overall, the cyclepath north of the Toll Bridge, Old Shoreham, had an aura of impeding winter with Smooth Sow Thistle, Viper's Bugloss and Common Toadflax the common to frequent plants in flower with the occasional Ox-eye Daisy, Ragwort, Dandelion, Autumn Hawkbit and Common Mallow noted in passing. At least a dozen plants of Chicory were in prominent flower on the verges of the Steyning Road (south of the Cement Works).

8 October 2006
Flowers noted on the Waterworks Road verges were White Dead-nettle (common), Scentless Mayweed, Wild Basil, Black Nightshade* Solanum nigrum, Field Bindweed, Nipplewort, Field Speedwell (second flowering?), Common Stork's-bill, Dandelions (one noted in the Butterfly Copse), and other common species, e.g. one of the Sow Thistles, that I did not make a mental note of as I passed.

*ID by Ray Hamblett on flickr Sussex Wild Flora
Nipplewort Field Speedwell Black Nightshade

Other species still holding on as isolated flowers on the wasteland were Greater Knapweed, Creeping Thistle, Common Mallow, Viper's Bugloss and Buddleia.

On the lower slopes of Mill Hill, there were a handful of both flowering Dog Violets and Hairy (or Sweet) Violets were seen in passing and their leaves and sepal colour were both clearly different. There were a few other flowers for the insects as well, including Wild Basil, Yellow Wort (a surprise flower and a flower rarely visited by insects and I do not recall a single butterfly visit to this flower), the expected Carline Thistle and Autumn Hawkbit.
Adur Violets

27 September 2006
On an overcast day hardly anything moved at all on an afternoon round trip from Old Shoreham to Botolphs on the Coastal Link Cyclepath and back via the Coombes Road. There was not much colour either, the only fresh flowers were the Chicory on the verges of the Steyning Road (south of the Cement Works) and Common Toadflax on the verges. Petals were dropping on many plants, but I still saw intact Herb Robert on the roadside near Coombes with the remnants of Red Campion. The Oak Trees next to the road north of Coombes were sporting acorns.

26 September 2006
I spotted one autumn Dog Violet on the lower slopes of Mill Hill in the early afternoon. It leaves were noticeable. Devil's Bit Scabious attracted the butterflies.
Butterfly Report

20 September 2006
Harebell Common Toadflax

A passage journey in the sunshine up the incline on the western bank of Lancing Ring Nature Reserve following the narrow winding path to the top of Lancing Clump, was uneventful with few wild flowers including one Harebell spotted. The Harebell was facing towards the sun in the southern sky. The meadows were covered in the young growths of Dogwood that looked like they could threaten the meadows unless the land is forage harvested this year. Wild flowers had mostly faded and the only fresh flowers were of Common Toadflax.

18 September 2006
A middle of the day trip along the Coastal Link Cyclepath to Upper Beeding was rather a drab with its lack of flowers, but there were still too many flowers to list: Sow Thistle, Viper's Bugloss, a few remaining Fleabane, Field Bindweed, Musk Mallow, Common Mallow, Buddleia, Creeping Thistles (mostly gone to seed), occasional Ox-eye Daisies and Wild Parsnip were just a selection of about fifteen different flowers seen.

17 September 2006
As the wild flowers were generally dying out everywhere, I decided to make a note of where the diminished numbers of butterflies were seen and what nectar plants if any they were using.
Common Blue Butterfly (female) on Devil's Bit Scabious
The lower slopes of Mill Hill are one of the only places worth visiting for butterflies in the middle to late September. The numbers were less than earlier in the month. 25 Meadow Browns were counted scattered evenly over the slopes, visiting the common Autumn Hawkbit, Leontodon autumnalis, one making a a visit to the occasional Wild Basil. Then on the northern part butterflies were all over the place settling on Devil's Bit Scabious. Other plants noticed in flower on Mill Hill all in small numbers were Vervain (in clumps by the paths), Greater Knapweed (an occasional flower remained), Hardheads (occasional dimunitive flowers on the lower slopes), Carline Thistle, Burnet Saxifrage, one Perforate St. John's Wort, occasional Agrimony, a few Lesser Centaury, clumps of Eyebright, Squinancywort and Fairy Flax. On the middle part of Mill Hill just above the ridge there was a small amount of Ragwort, Mouse-eared Hawkweed (1) and Bristly Ox-tongue*(1). (* to double-check the ID, could be Prickly Sow Thistle? ).

15 September 2006
Chicory was in flower on the road verges south of the Cement Works. However, Fleabane was fading rapidly and the major clumps of what was a hundred flowers were down to the last remaining ones and twos.

12 September 2006
The Rock Lavender plant was discovered on the gravel near the pipeline of Widewater Lagoon. Previously, its nearest location was on the chalk cliffs east of Brighton.

Report by David Wood

6 September 2006
With the sun out and the air temperature rose to 24.2 ºC at 1:15 pm, humidity 74%, I just could not stay in so I went for a small cycle ride after the gales of two days ago.

On a humid day the first Autumn Gentian and Autumn Lady's Tresses, Spiranthes spiralis, (an orchid) were spotted in flower on the upper part of Mill Hill (just north of the Reservoir). These are both small plants that can only be seen in the short sward.
Flower to be labelled (Waterworks Road)

Common Stork's-bill
Erodium cicutarium
Waterworks road verges

Autumn Gentian

Autumn Gentian

30 August 2006
Devil's Bit Scabious was beginning to flower on the lower slopes of Mill Hill.
Devil's Bit Scabious This small umbellifer was found on Mill Hill. There were no noticeable leaves to this plant. 

21 August 2006
Cat's Ear Musk Mallow Viper's Bugloss

A Cat's Ear was noticed in flower on the Coastal Link Cyclepath. Chicory was already wilting on the road verges south of the Cement Works. Viper's Bugloss was still in flower and is quite attractive at this time of the year.

14 August 2006
The inconspicuous flowers of Gypsywortcan be seen in my front garden in Shoreham.

6 August 2006

Goat's Beard
Pixie Path
Viper's Bugloss on the verges of 
the Coastal Link Cyclepath
Carline Thistle on 
the Shoreham Bank (Mill Hill)
Hoary Plantain
Coastal Link Cyclepath

4 August 2006
The yellow flowers of Great Mullein were just beginning to show on Mill Hill.

Small hoverfly on Field Bindweed
Vervain by the path
Common Blue on Fleabane (Adur Levels)
Common Blue Butterflies on Ragwort
Small hoverfly on
Field Bindweed
Common Blue Butterfly on 

3 August 2006
The first flowers of Water Mint have appeared in my untidy front garden.

2 August 2006
A Chicory flower was seen on the western verge of the Steyning Road on the approaches to the Cement Works from the south. This is a normal location for this colourful blue flower. The blue of the Viper's Bugloss was still to be seen in small amounts on the verges of the Coastal Link Cyclepath.
A brief eight minute visit to the pastures at the foot of Anchor Bottom up the south side of hill by the Dacre Gardens entrance, saw me avoiding the cow pats and wading through hundreds of Scabious and Stemless Thistle, even more than a week before.

Common Toadflax  (30 July 2006)
Common Toadflax
 Lady's Bedstraw
Galium verum

The four plants illustrated above were recorded on the chalk verges of the Coastal Link Cyclepath.

30 July 2006
Carline Thistle was about to burst into life on the lower slopes of Mill Hill, with Dodder recorded for the first time. Common Toadflax was now in flower and Snowberry was budding on the Slonk Hill Cutting south. Yarrow was noticed on Slonk Hill south and the middle and upper parts of Mill Hill.

Lavender Dodder diminutive Scabious

There was an escaped Lavender, Lavandula, on Slonk Hill south shown in the first photograph above. And also Golden Rod, Solidago.  I suspect it is the Canadian Goldenrod, which is a garden escape.

IDs by Ray Hamblett on flickr Sussex Wildlife

The diminutive (50 mm high) Scabious was noted as usual on the lower slopes of Mill Hill. I assume that this is the Small Scabious, but there were no leaves seen and I do not know to confirm this.
Adur Dodder

23 July 2006
It was cooler. Stemless Thistle was noted as very frequent and Round-headed Rampion, Field Scabious, Greater Knapweeds, Yarrow etc. on Mill Hill.

Water Dropwort
Common Mallow
Musk Mallow
Water Dropwort
Common Mallow

Prickly Lettuce was in flower with its yellow flowers and inconspicuous drab appearance of this common (usually an unwanted weed) that looks like many other flowers of the abundant Sow Thistle group. Fleabane was now plentiful and very common. Musk Mallow was flowering in a field next to Miller's Stream, on the west side of the Steyning Road.
Adur Thistles

Round-headed Rampion on Mill Hill
Stemless Thistle
Round-headed Rampion

14 July 2006
Hollyhocks was added to list of flowering plants on the Coastal Link Cyclepath verges north of the lay-by and south of the Cement Works. Also one of the Water Dropworts (an umbellifer) in the stream next to the Saltings Field, north-west of Botolphs. Additional  Fleabane was flowering. More Broad-leaved Everlasting-pea, Lathyrus latifolius, was discovered near Upper Beeding.
Adur Levels
13 July 2006
A quick look at Shoreham beach seemed to show a reduction in the numbers of Childing Pink flowers as somebody had cut the vegetation on the sand outside the Harbour Club, and only one of the frequent flowers blowing in the breeze was doubled.
Childing Pink
12 July 2006
The Coastal Link Cyclepath verges contained meadow flowers and Greater Knapweed, Lesser Knapweed, (=Hardheads), Rosebay Willowherb, Creeping Thistle, Lady's Bedstraw, Ox-eyed Daisies and Perforate St. John's Wort were all very common to abundant (ACFOR) with Ragwort very frequent, Teasel, Greater Willowherb and Common Mallow frequent, Bristly Ox-tongue, Viper's Bugloss, Broad-leaved Everlasting-peaField Scabious and Wild Marjoram just occasional and Fleabaneonly just coming into flower. Vervain was noted in flower for the first time, but it it is likely to have been overlooked before. Green Alkanet was still in flower on the verges of the Waterworks Road. Field Bindweed was all over some fields. This list is not comprehensive as I was not in the mood to make written notes at the time. Broad-leaved Everlasting-pea was recorded from the verges of the Coastal Link Cyclepath. This can be an invasive fast producing species.

11 July 2006
On a day of weak sunshine, the following plants were noted in flowers for the first time: Trailing Bellflower, Campanula porscharskayana, (Slonk Hill south), Common Toadflax and Teasel (widespread), Wild Basil (Pixie Path and Mill Hill lower slopes) and Round-headed Rampion and Stemless Thistle (Mill Hill).
Wild Basil
Round-headed Rampion
Trailing Bellflower
Oil Seed Rape

Adjacent to the path near the Reservoir, Mill Hill

This and related crop plants (Turnip Rape) seed on the downs and on the Adur Levels. The cultivated fields have lost their flowers and gone to the valuable seed. This plant is over 900 metres from the nearest Oil Seed Rape field.

9 July 2006
For most of the day a Strong Breeze (Force 6) was gusting to Gales, Fleabane, the umbellifer Yarrow and Spear Thistle were first noted in flower (on the Coastal Link Cyclepath, south of the Toll Bridge), with Buddleia (which probably had been in flower for a few days or weeks) and the usuals like Ragwort, Creeping Thistle, Perforate St. John's Wort, Common Mallow, Viper's Bugloss, Rosebay Willowherb, Greater Willowherb, Ox-eye Daisy, Scentless Mayweed (Frampton's Field), Wild Carrot, etc.
Adur Thistles
Lesser Burdock
Spear Thistle on the Coastal Link Cyclepath
Lesser Burdock has huge leaves at its base, but smaller leaves near the flowers
Evening Primrose was in flower 
on Kingston Beach
A Creeping Jenny  appeared at the edge of the small pond in my garden.

7 July 2006
On an overcast day, Stinging Nettles were flowering. They had probably been flowering for at least a month, but now were beginning to be noticed.

6 July 2006
Evening Primrose was in flower on Kingston Beach.

29 June 2006
Lesser Burdock was just beginning to flower on the verges of the Waterworks Road. Also, the miniature crimson flowers of Wild Carrot were seen on one out of the thirty umbellifer heads that were briefly examined.

28 June 2006
Hundreds of Scentless Mayweed flowers bordered the path on New Monks Farm where the Oil Seed Rape was planted last year and this year the field has just been left.

24 June 2006
Tree Mallow
Silver Ragwort
White Stonecrop

In the weekend sunshine the following plants were noted in flower for the first time on Shoreham Beach (although they would have been in flower for at least a week); Childing Pink, Petrorhagia nanteuilii, only single flowers so far, on Silver Sands, and Tree Mallow, Silver Ragwort and White Stonecrop just to the west of the Old Fort.

23 June 2006
Tufted Vetch
Alfalfa or Lucerne, Medicago sativa
Tufted Vetch
Common Centaury

Yellow VetchlingNew flowering plants and scrubs noticed included Hardheads (Lesser Knapweed) on the Coastal Link north of the Toll Bridge, Lady's Bedstraw, Lesser Centaury and Tufted Vetch on the Slonk Hill Cutting and Mill Hill, just one Meadow's Cranesbill on a long grass meadow on upper Mill Hill, Great Willow-herb, Bittersweet and Creeping Thistle south of the reservoir on Mill Hill, and Alfalfa (=Lucerne), Medicago sativa, on the Slonk Hill Cutting.

20 June 2006
New flowering plants and scrubs noticed included Elderberry, Agrimony, Restharrow, Self-heal, Yellow Rattle (Slonk Hill Cutting), Meadow Vetchling, Musk Thistle (Mill Hill), Squinancywort (lower slopes of Mill Hill), Privet (Mill Hill), Honeysuckle (garden escapes?) and others missed or not yet identified. These observations were on the Slonk Hill Cutting and Mill Hill.

The photograph (on the right) was Meadow Vetching,from a meadow on the upper part of Mill Hill.
Salad Burnet Purple Toadflax Pyramidal Orchid

The flowers (photographed above) were from the wildlife meadow-like areas from the Slonk Hill Cutting south.
Adur Orchids

15-18 June 2006

A new plant in flower on the shingle of Kingston Buci Beach was the unattractive
Bristly Ox-Tongue, Picris echioides


  The two plants illustrated above are frequent on wasteland throughout Shoreham.

Navelwort looked like it was about to flower in the flint wall of St. Julian's Church, Kington Buci.
Shoreham Town & Gardens
Sow Thistle 15 June 2006
The photograph may not be good enough for an identification, but I have pencilled this wild plant in as Nipplewort, Lapsana communis, from the copse in partial shade at the top of Mill Hill. Nipplewort was wrong. This was the Smooth Sow-thistle, Sonchus oleraceus
ID by Malcolm Storey 
on UK Botany (Yahoo Group)

On 18 June 2006, this plant could not be rediscovered. 

15 June 2006
With wild flowers bursting into flower everywhere, the highlight was about a hundred Bee Orchids amongst the Red Clovers and Buttercups and both Hop Trefoil and Black Medick in Mill Hill Drive, north Shoreham.
Bee Orchids amongst grass Bee Orchid Hop Trefoil (not confirmed)

Many of the common and not so common flowers noted like Common Poppy, Opium Poppy, and the ubiquitous Field Bindweed, Bramble and Dogwood had probably been flowering for days, if not weeks. Others like Slender Thistle (Shoreham Beach), Greater Knapweed, Eyebright, Perforate St. John's Wort and Smooth-leaved Sow-thistle (all Mill Hill), were possibly less than that and may have begun flowering in the last day or two. Viper's Bugloss was noted in splendid flower on Shoreham Beach.

12 June 2006
Biting Stonecrop Biting Stonecrop White Stonecrop, Sedum album Probably a small Tachinid fly on Creeping Cinquefoil

On the Adur Levels and Coastal Link Cyclepath, new flowers burst into life in the last week including Common Mallow, Biting Stonecrop, White Stonecrop (buds only), Red Valerian, Dog Rose, Viper's Bugloss, Creeping Cinquefoil and others.
Adur Stonecrops

11 June 2006
Kidney Vetch begins to flower with a Small Blue Butterfly Dropwort (a chalkhill plant) bursting into flower on Mill Hill The first Yellow Wort on Slonk Hill north Bird's Foot Trefoil (a common native plant) It is usually yellow.

The following wild plants were seen in flower for the first time this year: Kidney Vetch, Yellow Wort, (all Slonk Hill north), Tutsan (Slonk Hill south), Dropwort (lower slopes of Mill Hill), and Field Scabious (Mill Hill upper). On the lower slopes of Mill Hill, dozens of Bird's Foot Trefoil were orange in colour.

6 June 2006
Dimunitive Yellow-horned Poppy Sea Campion with anthers Sea Kale in flower on the Widewater Flood Plain Dandelion

On the flood plain of Widewater Lagoon where the gravel and pebbles had been disturbed to install the pipeline, there was a varied collection of plants as though the terrain had never been disturbed in the first place. Ivy-leaved Toadflax still dominated but there was plentiful Sea Kale, Bird's Foot Trefoil, Sea Campion, Thrift, Sea Beet, Dandelion, Stonecrops and other plants, including a few Yellow-horned Poppy.
There were also escaped and naturalised garden plants, some in abundance, but these white plants were seen on the grass margins north of the bridge. They were Snow-in-Summer, Cerastium tomentosum.

4 June 2006
On the southern bank of the Slonk Hill Cutting both Common Spotted Orchids and Pyramidal Orchids were beginning to flower.
A quarter transect stroll in the late morning sunshine saw the signs of diminishing Horseshoe Vetch on the lower slopes of Mill Hill to something like 70% of their peak. Yellow Wort leaves had pushed up but were not flowering yet, with the first signs of Dropwort, Hairy Violet in flower and the beginnings of Wild Thyme, more in the Old Erringham pasture than on the Shoreham Bank. Milkwort and Fairy Flax were seen more often.
Adur Violets


Grass Vetchling
Wild Thyme on the Mill Hill Cutting
Yellow Iris in Miller's Stream
By the Steyning Road, north Shoreham at the entrance to the Maple Spinney towards the Waterworks Road, a dozen flowers of the scarlet Grass Vetchling were seen.
Yellow Flag Iris was flowering in Miller's Streeam and on Spring Dyke next to it.
On the Coastal Link Cyclepath, Ox-eye Daisies, Bird's Foot Trefoil, one or two Common Spotted Orchids, Red and White Campions and other plants including Sainfoin were flowering. A single Water Crowfoot flower was seen in a stream south of the Cement Works and just off (west of) the path.

2 June 2006

                        Wood Avens or Herb Bennet

29 May 2006
On the southern grass embankment of Slonk Hill the first handful of Spotted Orchids were flowering, but there were scores, probably hundreds, where the spotted leaves could be seen, but the flowers had not appeared yet. On the northern bank, the clumps of Horseshoe Vetch were mostly in flower, with common (300+) flowering Mouse-eared Hawkweed with frequent Sow Thistles and patches of the small ground-hugging Scarlet Pimpernel.
Old Erringham pastures
Bulbous Buttercups on pasture
Shoreham Bank with Horseshoe Vetch (not yet as extensive as 2005)
One of the most dramatic wild flower events was the explosion of Bulbous Buttercups on the pasture south-east of Old Erringham Farm and adjacent to the Mill Hill Nature Reserve. These buttercups are always superabundant in this field, but this year they seem to cover almost the entire area. They even rival the Horseshoe Vetch, Hippocrepis comosa, on Mill Hill from a distance.

Adur Buttercups

28 May 2006

Bulbous Buttercups in the rear and Horseshoe Vetch in the foreground Horseshoe Vetch Adonis Blues
The Horseshoe Vetch was prevalent on the lower slopes of Mill Hill, at about 70% of its luxuriance. Some flowers had not yet opened and it has appeared at the northern end which it usually does first and has not yet covering much of the steeper banks, which are always at least a week later. Over a dozen Honey Bees were attracted to the Horseshoe Vetch. The Horseshoe Vetch was flowering late compared to 2003, 2004 and 2005.
26 May 2006
Red Campion White Campion Sea Campion

Ox-eye Daisies, and Red and White Campion were beginning to flower on the verges of the Coastal Link Cyclepath north of the Toll Bridge.

25 May 2006
A brief visit to Buckingham Cutting (both sides of the A27) revealed Milkwort and Horseshoe Vetch amongst the continental Salad Burnet and occasional Bird's Foot Trefoil on the north side, and on the southern side plants noted in flower included Ground Ivy, Bulbous Buttercups, Ragwort, Bluebells, Red Clover, White Campion, Common Vetch and a few others.

23 May 2006
Lots of plants coming into flower now: too many to name including Sea Kale.

16 May 2006
I went to look for the Starry Clover on Shoreham Beach near the Old Fort, but I could not find any. There was some trefoil, probably Hop Trefoil or Black Medick? Thrift was in flower and Dove's Foot Cranesbill and Mouse-ear and other small plants, and a single Viper's Bugloss was seen on the edge of an Old Fort Road roundabout.
Bulbous Buttercup
I think that the small marks* on some of the leaves indicate Black Medick, rather than Hop Trefoil 
Bulbous Buttercup
This particular flower seems to have a double layer of petals
Adur Buttercups
with a tiny fly

*The definitive small point on the blunt end of the leaflets on Black Medick is difficult to observe in this small common and widespread plant.

15 May 2006
Silverweed was flowering on Mill Hill.

14 May 2006
At least one Bird's Foot Trefoil was noted in flower next to the winding path on the lower slopes of Mill Hill. White Campion was flowering on a horse pasture on the Mill Hill Nature Reserve side next to the southern car park.

11 May 2006

Wood Avens (=Herb Bennet), Geum urbanum, was noted just beginning to flower. Ths dainty weed has a yellow five-petalled flower.

10 May 2006
Germander Speedwell (not Field Speedwell) and probably overlooked before the date.

Common Vetch

Field Speedwell

Germander Speedwell

Green-winged Orchid on Anchor Bottom
Over a hundred Green-winged Orchids were scattered in isolation over the southern (north-facing) slopes of Anchor Bottom (north of the Cement Works). It was difficult to ascertain their numbers because the extent of their spread was not ascertained. There seemed to be several hundred.
Adur Orchids

7 May 2006
Chickweed was noted in flower on the Pixie Path.

4 May 2006
Common Vetch was seen for the first time this year on the southern path of the Slonk Hill Cutting, with Barren Strawberry (? species, could be Wild Strawberry or an escaped Cultivated Strawberry ?).

Garlic Mustard
Garlic Mustard

3 May 2006
The first Garlic Mustard was flowering on the Waterworks Road. Bulbous Buttercup was now coming out.

28 April 2006
The first Oxford Ragwort of the year in Shoreham was seen in flower actually growing on the Footbridge from cracks in the structure at the southern end.

18 April 2006
Greater Periwinkle were in flower in Mill Hill Road and on verges elsewhere and have been in flower for some time. This may be more of a naturalised garden plant than wild.

Flora of Shoreham-by-Sea (List)

Parts of a Flower

Pollination Power

Before May 2006, the first flowers are scattered over all of the pages.Old Erringham Farm pasturesShoreham Bank with Horseshoe VetchOld Erringham hay meadow
Flora of Shoreham-by-Sea