29 May 2016
Starry Clover, Sea Campion, Sea Kale, Rough Clover
Seaside Daisy, Sea Kale
Red Valerian, Curly Dock, Thrift, Tree Mallow
Steyning Line Cyclepath
Crosswort, Yellow Flag Iris
Bird's Foot Trefoil, Lesser Stitchwort, Bird's Foot Trefoil
25 May 2016
Kidney Vetch, Starry Clover, Childing Pink
Red Valerian, Tree Mallow, Thrift
Silver Ragwort, Starry Clover
Garlic Mustard, Welsh Poppy, Columbine, Cornflower
Welsh Poppy, Green Alkanet
24 May 2016
Shoreham (mostly Slonk Hill Cuttting South)
Wood Avens, Hop Trefoil, Ribwort Plantain, Salad Burnet
Marsh Marigold, Forget-me-Not
Sedge, Spotted Orchid, Cow Parsley, Herb Bennet
22 May 2016
Mouse-ear, Horseshoe Vetch, Fairy Flax
Horseshoe Vetch, Dog Violets, Cowslips
19 May 2016
Hill Cutting (SW)
Milkwort, Wayfaring, Milkwort
Marsh Marigold, Milkwort
NB: The Marsh Marigold was from my garden. I looked for the usual Southern Marsh Orchids on the road cutting on the south side of the Mil Hill Gap without sucess only finding evidence of human vegetation clearance and discarded rubbish.
18 May 2016
Red Clover, Cuckoo Flower, Yellow Flag Iris, Garlic Mustard
Red Campion, Hawthorn, Wood Avens
Cow Parsley (foreground)
14 - 16 May 2016
Cow Parsley, Herb Robert
Common Vetch, Columbine, Marsh Marigold
11 May 2016
of Early Purple Orchids
were in flower under the canopy of Lancing
Clump where the sun would have shined through if it wasn't a misty
10 May 2016
Hill (Upper & Middle)
Bulbous Buttercup, Bird's Foot Trefoil, Ground Ivy, Cowslips, Garlic Mustard
Horseshoe Vetch, Hawthorn, Milkwort
9 May 2016
Dandelion, Blackthorn, Germander Speedwell, Salad Burnet
Hounds-tongue, Horseshoe Vetch, Hawthorn
Most of the Blackthorn blossom had blown away on the top of Mill Hill, where Hawthorn was now flowering. Down on the lower slopes, the yellow of the Horseshoe Vetch, Hippocrepis comosa, was abundantly in flower, but nowhere near is best showing, and the Dog Violets were still commonly scattered over hillside. Most of the yellow rosettes were Dandelions, but there were a few Hawkbits/Hawkweeds and blue Milkworts were now frequently seen amongst the Horseshoe Vetch leaves. Hounds-tongue was seen with its first flowers near the steps down to the lower slopes of Mill Hill from the south.
8 May 2016
Levels & Anchor Bottom
Garlic Mustard, Green-winged Orchid
Hawthorn, Common Vetch
6 May 2016
Cowslips, Hawthorn, Herb Robert, Common Vetch
5 May 2016
4 May 2016
Hill and Approaches
Carline Thistle, Germander Speedwell, Horseshoe Vetch x2
Blackthorn, Milkwort, Spring Starflower
3 May 2016
Flower, Blackthorn, Garlic Mustard,
Red Campion, Cuckoo Flower, Common Vetch
Red Campion, Cuckoo Flower
was now on green leaf and Blackthorn
ceased flowering at Cuckoo's Corner, but there were still Primroses,
Alkanet and Bluebells
around the outskirts of Shoreham togther
with newly flowering Red
Mustard, one clump of Cuckoo
Flower (near Ladywells on the Coombes
Road), and the first two Yellow Flag Iris
(stream next to Ladywells) the most eye catching on
a breezy day.
1 May 2016
Daffodil, White Deadnettle, Bluebells
Common Vetch was spotted in flower for the first time this year at the southern end of the Waterworks Road, Old Shoreham. The illustrated Daffodil was a solitary clump of two flowers in the Maple spinney.
Gale Force (Force 7) winds impeded flower photography.
Garlic Mustard, Green Alkanet, Field Speedwell, Cuckoo's Corner
Bluebells, White Deadnettle, Bulbous Buttercup
More Garlic Mustard had appeared on the verges of the Coombes Road. It appeared that the stands found were flourishing, was there was less of it than I seem to recall from previous years and very little (just one plant seen) between Cuckoo's Corner north to Ladywells Penstock, where it is normally common. Cuckoo Flower (=Lady's Smock) was flowering streamside in the drainage ditch that borders the field and runs due north of Cuckoo's Corner. Blackthorn was still in flower along the Steyning Line Cyclepath at Old Shoreham, with the green leaves and buds of Hawthorn. Nipplewort was in flower in Shoreham.
25 April 2016
Red Valerian, Dove's Foot Cranesbill, Corn Salad
Wavy Bittercress, Mouse-ear
Dog Violets were scattered and abundant all over the lower slopes of Mill Hill. On the Coombes Road (south of Cuckoo's Corner only), Garlic Mustard had started to flower. North of Ladywells on the same country road (on the first incline to the Applesham Farm junction), the Elm hedges were beginning in green leaf on the eastern border to the road.
The first Bulbous Buttercups were seen in flower on the verges of the towpath by the Riverside Industrial Estate (derelict) north of Ropetackle. They were tall flowers over 30 cm high. The last Blackthorn was still flowering at the south-east end of the Tollbridge, Old Shoreham.
14 April 2016
afternoon when the Cowslipsand
were still in flower along the Steyning Line
Cyclepath but no Coltsfoot.
Suckered English Elm was coming into leaf on the outskirts on verges
and patches of wasteland. Leaves were not so forthcoming on mature trees.
Willow catkins were still on the trees
although they also littered the ground underneath the branches.
Ramsons (also called Wild Garlic), Allium ursinum, were spotted on the muddy verge of the Coombes Road, south of Cuckoo's Corner. The Sussex Plant Atlas includes the names Ramsons and is not shown as present in the Lower Adur Valley. It is not recorded in Flora of Shoreham-by-Sea (List).
8 April 2016
Blackthorn was in full flower at Cuckoo's Corner where Hawthorn was in substantial leaf and the leaves of Blackthorn had appeared. Blackthorn flowers appear before the leaves and the Hawthorn leaves appear before the flowers.
Alkanet, Lesser Celandine, Daffodils, Bluebells
5 April 2016
Ground Ivy, Sweet Violet
Coltsfoot, Dog Violet, Primroses, Bluebells
was seen in flower for the first time this year at the south end of the
Waterworks Road, Old Shoreham. It looked like it had been flowering for
a few days but nowhere near its peak as the blossom could only be seen
The first two Green Alkanet flowers were also seen.
Daisies in St. Mary
de Haura churchyard were noticed to be particularly large with plenty
of their rounded leaves in the flower beds and less leaf on the grass between
Ivy-leaved Toadflax was flowering on the flint boundary walls of the churchyard.
23 March 2016
13 March 2016
Alexanders Smyrnium olustratum
24 February 2016
Lesser Celandines were in flower but a bit battered on a verge at the top of Oxen Avenue, Shoreham. Daffodilswere flowering in widespread places, planted by people to brighten up the gloom.
Field Speedwell was still in flower near Silver Sands, Shoreham Beach.
Gorse was noted in flower by the Norfolk Bridge, and it probably has been since the beginning of the year.
In Botolphs churchyard, Greater Periwinkles (from last year), Primroses, one Lesser Celandine and Snowdrops were flowering.
In Lancing, Mayweed and White Deadnettle were still in flower on the road verge south of the Sussex Pad.
Daffodils were in flower in several clumps on the verge at the bottom (south) verges of Parkside (near Buckingham Park), north Shoreham. As these were likely to be semi-wild, a better claim to the first wild flowers of 2016 could be the closed remnants of Nipplewort from the cracks in the tarmac in the twitten between Adelaide Square and Corbyn Crescent, Shoreham, although these would have late flowers from 2015.
Adur Nature Reports 2016
Parts of a Flower
A Layman's Guide to British Wild Flowers
Wild Flower Society
List of the vascular plants of Britain and Ireland
Alphabetical LIst of British Wild Plants
Sussex Wild Flora
& Fauna on Chalk
Plant Ecology (book)
Interactive Flora of the British Isles: DVD ROM