24 March 2018
on the Outskirts
Red Deadnettle (not the leaves), Green Alkanet
Primroses, Field Speedwell
21 March 2018
A distinct wind chill could still be felt under a blue sky on a short cycle ride along the Downs Link Cyclepath from Old Shoreham to the disused Cement Works at Upper Beeding.The cyclepath verges were shorn from last year but there were occasional yellow flowers:Daffodils, Coltsfoot andLesser Celandine.
On the lawn at the top of Chanctonbury Drive, north Shoreham there were a few Sweet Violets and Lesser Celandine in flower. A Drone Fly, Eristalis, visited Cherry Plum tree flowers on a tree on the verge of Mill Hill Road at the southern end of the bridge over the A27, and Lesser Celandine flowers at the northern end of Mill Hill Drive.
13 March 2018
The weather was pleasant enough to spot my first bumblebee of the year. A few wild flowers were noted: Sweet Violets were seen near Withy Gap in Lancing. Lesser Celandine appeared on the grass verges in north Lancing and on the verges of the Coombes Road near Coombes, where Snowdrops and Daffodils were still flowering. On the Downs Link Cyclepath south of the Cement Works, and Dandelion flowers were just appearing.
27 February 2018
15 February 2018
Snowdrops at Botolphs and Coombes
A solitary battered Lesser Celandine flower was seen at Coombes.
14 February 2018
1 February 2018
by the beach huts at the western end of Widewater, by Lancing Sailing Club, and for this reason it might
be the cultivated species Euphorbia characias rather than Euphorbia paralias
My first Snowdrop of the year was seen in a Lancing garden.
14 January 2018
Deadnettle, Common Mouse-ear
"The flower looks like Dog's Mercury. There is also a Dock and a thistle leaf."
Comments by Peter on Flora of the British Isles: A Photographic Guide flickr
On a cool (air temp > 8.2 °C with wind chill) clear day there was very little wildlife of note. On land disturbed by the tidal works at the southern end of the new Ferry Bridge, a few common "weeds" of Dog's Mercury Mercurialis perennis, Common Mouse-ear, Red Deadnettle and Groundsel were noted in the beginnings of flower without looking for them.
Between the cyclepath and the River Adur at Old Shoreham, I noted Sow Thistle, Mayweed and Ox-eye Daisy in tattered flower as I was blown about by Gale Force 8 gusts of wind.
As a leftover from last year, a diminutive Oxford Ragwort was just about showing a flower by the railway station, Shoreham-by-Sea.
Adur Nature Reports 2017
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