Flowers Post-Solstice 2020
15 June 2020
Old Shoreham Cyclepath
9 June 2020
Flag Iris, Marsh Woundwort
Meadow Vetchling, Lathyrus pratensis (not a Yellow Vetchling, Lathyrus aphaca)
Castle Lane Park, Bramber
8 June 2020
Common Broomrapes seen
in Frampton's Field yesterday were so faraway I returned
with a long lens, but I still found them difficult to focus on amongst
the ungrazed vegetation. On the southern bank of the Mill
Hill Cutting I trampled some Cotoneaster,
and found hundreds more Common Spotted
Bladder Campion was very easily seen in large clumps in the meadow north of the upper car park on Mill Hill.
Silver Ragwort was flowering on Shoreham Beach.
7 June 2020
Common Spotted and Southern Marsh Orchids, Wild Iris, Musk Mallow
Mallow was seen for the first time this
year on a verge in Mill Hill Road where a reported Bee
Orchid could not be found.
On the southern part of Mill Hill, there must have been two hundred Knapweed Broomrapes and even more of the smaller Yellow Rattle. The first purple flowers of Greater Knapweed appeared, seen in the light rain on a cloudy late afternoon.
The PIxie Path hosted a few very small Pyramidal Orchids, a budding Goatsbeard and two unfamiliar Wild Iris, Iris foetidissima.
The southern bank of Mill Hill Cutting hosted over a hundred Common Spotted Orchids and wish at least ten Southern Marsh Orchids. This was more of the latter I had ever seen before.
Lastly, there were some very small Common Broomrape seen in Frampton's Field from a distance (with Keith Wilson). These were the first for several years and the first ever seen in that field.
Illustrated Orchid Report
4 June 2020
Ox-tongue, Creeping Thistle, Sainfoin
Tufted Vetch, Yarrow
3 June 2020
Thistle, Wild Carrot &
Daisies, Spear Thistle
Old Shoreham Cyclepath
2 June 2020
Spotted Orchid, Common Mallow, Hardhead Knapweed
Slonk Hill Cutting and nearby
1 June 2020
Cranesbill, Eyebright, Wild
The tall Yellow Wort and the ground hugging Wild Thyme were both flowering. More of the diminutive Eyebright and the tall Dropwort graced the lower slopes of Mill Hill. Hound's-tongue were going to seed nearby. A few Meadow Cranesbill and the first Greater Knapweed were seen on the southern top part of Mill Hill.
30 May 2020
Valerian, Viper's Bugloss
Debut of the year wild flowers were Common Spotted Orchid on the Slonk Hill Cutting (south), and Spear Thistle in the the north-east corner of Shoreham Airport, amongst a large thistle patch of Welted Thistles and Slender Thistles.
27 May 2020
Eastern verge of the Downs Link Cyclepath at Old Shoreham
26 May 2020
just a very brief visit to the top southern part of Mill
Hill on a demonstration ebike where I met Philippa
the South Downs National Park
Authority. Parasitic plants were
much in evidence: frequent scattered first growths of the very distinctive
Broomrape and the small yellow flowers
of Yellow Rattle.
Mignonette was seen by the layby.
Sussex Rare Plant Register
Slender Thistle was in flower on the eastern side of the River Adur on the narrow ledge between the cyclepath by Ropetackle North and the river. Ox-eye Daisies were now profusely in bloom by the cyclepath at Old Shoreham.
Small Heath Butterflies (10+) frequently fluttered around a thistle patch in the north-east corner of Shoreham Airport. Welted Thistle was the only one flowering but plenty of prickles penetrated my trousers. The soil was dry but there was still Yellow Flag in flower by the perimeter drainage ditch. The tidal defences reforming of the airport towpath created a new west-facing embankment which was colonised by the welcome sight of large patches of Kidney Vetch, with a smaller number of clumps of first of the year Melilot and Tufted Vetch, as well as clumps of White Clover and Hop Trefoil, scattered White Campion, occasional Red Campion, and two clumps of Mayweed. Most unexpected were the first shoots of Glasswort that appeared on dry sand next to the airport road Cecil Pashley Way.
Adur Levels 2020
I noted Viper's Bugloss and Yellow-horned Poppy on Shoreham Beach East for the first time this year.
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. Welted Thistle was next to it.
20 May 2020
19 May 2020
Dogwood on Mill Hill
16 May 2020
Water Dropwort on the western towpath opposite Coombes
Sea Beet on the western towpath opposite Coombes
15 May 2020
the shimmering haze, vast swathes of Sea
Kale were flowering
on the shingle above the high tide
mark on the eastern part of Shoreham
Beach. In the zone nearer the shore Red
Valerian was blooming amongst the leaves
of Silver Ragwort. Tree
Mallow was impressive as any previous
year. I also noted frequent
Ragwort, a few flowers of
Kidney Vetch, and clumps of Thrift
There was an early rosette and flowers of Cat's
Ear and the first flowers of a single
bush of Broom.
The Adur Recreation Ground central wild flower meadow was full of flowering Borage, Purple Bugloss and Blue Tansy.
14 May 2020
Summer was inching in with the first diminutive Eyebrights on the lower slopes of Mill Hill where there were a few Bramble and Bittersweet flowers and White Bryony. Flower firsts on the middle part of Mill Hill Nature Reserve included Rough Hawkbit, Dogwood and Yellow Rattle. Bladder Campion was budding.
12 May 2020
@ Buckingham Park
Red Campion @ Downs Link, Old Shoreham, north of the A27 Flyover
Purple Bugloss @ Buckingham Park
Crosswort on the Downs Link, Old Shoreham, north of the A27 Flyover
9 May 2020
Kale, Hoary Cress
Thrift, Sea Campion, Mouse-eared Hawkweed
Widewater Flood Plain
flowers were beginning to bloom in the sunshine, the first swathes of Red
Valerian near the Church of the Good Shepherd,
and Sea Kale, Hoary
Cress, Thrift, Sea Campion, Mouse-eared
Hawkweed, Cat's Ear, Bird's-foot Trefoil, Ivy-leaved
Toadflax, Scarlet Pimpernel,
5 May 2020
Lower slopes of Mill Hill
4 May 2020
on Downs Link, Old Shoreham, north of the Toll
Water Dropwort on the western towpath opposite Coombes
3 May 2020
Woundwort on the western towpath to Cuckoo's
Corner, underneath the A27
Yellow Flag, stream near Ladywells
Ox-eye Daisies, verges in Erringham Road
1 May 2020
Cow Parsley, Borage
27 April 2020
Lower slopes of Mill Hill
23 - 25 April 2020
Cow Parsley, Welted
Thistle on Mill Hill
22 April 2020
Oxlip, Germander Speedwell
Downs Link Cyclepath and *adjoining meadow
Erringham Gap to the Cement Works
21 April 2020
Down by the River Adur, western towpath by Ricardo
19 & 20 April 2020
Residential road verges, urban Shoreham
The first Hawthorn of the year flowered on the verges of the footpath section of the Waterworks Road, Old Shoreham. Bugle was growing on the verges at the top of Erringham Road as usual.
16 April 2020
than usual, the first Horseshoe Vetch,
comosa, appeared in flower on the
lower slopes of Mill Hill, It was in the
middle below the path, amongst the grass and brambles, not where it is
usually seen first. The first Milkwort
and Bulbous Buttercups
Dandelions on Mill Hill
Woodlands Trust: Buttercups
14 April 2020
Garlic Mustard was now flowering profusely on the verges of the Coombes Road around Cuckoo's Corner, with White Deadnettle, Ramsons, and the first of the Cow Parsley. The first of the Ground Ivy was noted and a solitary Red Campion.
Cow Parsley, Garlic Mustard, Ramsons
A Common Bee-fly visited the Dog Violets were scattered over the lower slopes of Mill Hill, the land now dried after the recent dry weather.
Blackthorn was flowering near the Scout Hut on the Coombes Road. Hawthorn was in leaf at Cuckoo's Corner where the first Garlic Mustard flowered by the side of the road.
Alexanders, Garlic Mustard, White Deadnettle
5 April 2020
Buckingham Park, near the top
Sweet Violets were scattered over the lower slopes of Mill Hill, now dried after the weekend sunshine.
20 March 2020
Red Deadnettle at Old Shoreham
Blackthorn was flowering in the Waterworks Road, Old Shoreham, one bush ahead of the rest.
17 March 2020
False Oxlip, Primrose*, Cowslips
Downs Link Cyclepath
Shoreham to the Cement Works
14 March 2020
2 March 2020
Downs Link Cyclepath, south of the Cement Works
a cultivated Primrose hybrid/variety
Lancing College Road verge
5 February 2020
The best place to see thousands (hundreds of clumps) of Snowdrops was on the verges of the Coombes road to Botolphs where the first few yellow flowers of Lesser Celandine were just appearing. Two clumps of Primroses graced the verges of the Downs Link north of Adur Flyover. Dandelions and White Deadnettle were noted flowering on the Downs Link verges near Botolphs. Oxford Ragwort flowered near Shoreham Railway Station.
4 February 2020
St. Julian's Churchyard, Kingston Buci
No Snowdrops were in the other large churchyards in Old and New Shoreham and only a few flowering clumps in St. Julians.
Daffodils were flowering in their usual profusion at the bottom of Parkside and on Park Avenue Open Space, both near Buckingham Park, north Shoreham. This was nearly two weeks earlier than last year.
was spotted in the fork of a tree
in the Park Avenue Open Space. This was the
first time I have noted this parasitic
In Buckingham Park, Shoreham, the first Daffodil of the year appeared in flower.
4 January 2020
Bergenia, Winter Heliotrope Petasites pyrenaicus
Adur Recreation Ground
Recreation Ground (map)
is land reclaimed in the early twentieth century from the River
Adur estuary from mud flats called Scurvy
Bank. This involved the deposition of soil
from out of the local area to create a new mown grass habitat with the
addition of planted trees and Poppy
and other flower beds. In more recent years, more soil was introduced in
the form of a long raised dyke on the eastern perimeter, and with this
new soil came non local wild and naturalised plants from seed or rhizome.
Winter Heliotrope flowers in the winter
months and attracted a fly,
my first arthropod of the year. A single Annual Mercury,
annua, was seen near the moorings with its light green flowers
and darker green leaves.
The first flowers of the decade, just after midnight, were Herb Robert by the wheelie bins. Elsewhere in residential Shoreham I noted the flowering remnants of Hawkweed Ox-tongue, and on the grass verges there were Common Daises and Dandelions.
Flower Reports 2019 (1)
Wild Flower Reports 2016
Adur Nature Reports 2015
Hawkbits & Hawkweeds
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
Wild Flower Key
Rare Plant Register
Sussex Wild Flora
Flora & Fauna on Chalk
Flora of the British Isles: A Photographic Guide
Prevalence Definitions (does not apply to birds):
TBI: To be identified
NEW ACFOR SYSTEM OF ABUNDANCE OVER A SPECIFIED AREA:
= 10,000 +
ABUNDANT 1000- 10,000
VERY COMMON = 500-1000
VERY FREQUENT = 50-100
FREQUENT 10 - 50
RARE = ONLY 1 or
4-10 per year
Very Scarce 1-3 per year
Rare less one than every year
Very Rare 1-3 records in total since 2000
Plant Ecology (book)
Interactive Flora of the British Isles: DVD ROM