Wild Flowers
Addenda 2018
To see a World in a grain of sand,
And Heaven in a wild flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour

William Blake

from January 2015
Link to Trees 2009 - 2018
Adur Nature 2018
Sussex Wild Flora
Wild Flora on Chalk  on  flickr

24 March 2018

Verges 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.

15 March 2018
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

Lesser Celadine

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

Early Daffodils

1 February 2018

Sea Spurge, Euphorbia sp.
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

 Dog's Mercury, Red 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.

3 January 2018
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.

1 January 2018
As a leftover from last year, a diminutive Oxford Ragwort was just about showing a flower by the railway station, Shoreham-by-Sea.

Wild Flower Reports 2017

Adur Nature Reports 2017

Wild Flowers 2008
Flora of Shoreham-by-Sea (List)

British Wild Flowers (photographs of all)

Parts of a Flower

Pollination Power

A Layman's Guide to British Wild Flowers

Botanical Latin

Wild Flower Society

List of the vascular plants of Britain and Ireland

Alphabetical LIst of British Wild Plants

Plant Glossary

Flower Terminology

Wild Flower Key


Sussex Wild Flora

Flora & Fauna on Chalk


Comparative Plant Ecology (book)
Interactive Flora of the British Isles: DVD ROM

SquinancywortLady's BedstrawVervainEyebrightWild BasilLink to the Adur Nature Notes 2009 web pagesLink to the Adur 2010 Nature Notes pagesLink to the Adur 2012 Nature Notes pages