Lower Adur Valley, West Sussex

April 2018

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23 April 2018
Hawthorn was budding in the hedgerows often intertwined with the flowering Blackthorn on the borders of the Downs Link Path at Old Shoreham (south of the Flyover). Both bushes were in leaf.

Blackthorn flowers appear before the leaves and the Hawthorn leaves appear before the flowers.
On a breezy afternoon,  Wayfaring Tree was flowering and more Bluebells were seen in the shade. 

19 April 2018
It was almost shirt-sleeves weather on the coast under a blue sky: 18.3 °C at 9:00 am but a southerly gentle breeze (Force 3) blew amongst the haze and it was down to 17.7 °C at midday in Shoreham. I cycled upcountry where it was appreciably warmer and no breeze felt.

Orange-tip Butterfly 

With the sun came eight species of butterfly including the male Orange-tip
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11 April 2018
Cowslips were flowering on the verges of the Downs Link Path from Old Shoreham north to the Cement Works. At the northern end I spotted what I assume to be the hybrid False Oxlip, Primula veris x vulgaris


I spotted my first Brimstone Butterfly in Upper Shoreham Road (west of the Driveway), north Shoreham, and more on Mill Hill and at Old Shoreham on the verges of the cyclepath to Ropetackle where two highly probable Small Whites were also my first of the year. There were also a handful of both Brimstone and Peacock Butterflies over the lower slopes of Mill Hill. 
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Three Thimble Morel, Verpa conica, mushrooms were the first I have ever seen anywhere amongst some grass below the path on the middle area of the lower slopes of Mill Hill

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6 April 2018

Wall Lizard

On a day the weather forecasters predicted to be warmer than it actually was, my first reptiles of the year were a couple of Wall Lizards, Podarcis muralis, by Shoreham Fort. With a wind chill and blustered about by a steady Force 5 from the east, I did not feel inclined to search for any more.

5 April 2018

Standing water on the Adur Levels below Mill Hill

Still a slight chill under the cirrus blue sky as a Buzzard glided over Erringham Hill and a Kestrel hovered over the edge of the ridge on Mill Hill above the steep part of the lower slopes.  Sweet Violets were commonly spread over the lower slopes but not abundant and the flowers were a bit bedraggled after the recent rain which left the steps and paths muddy but passable. Ten Peacock Butterflies flew past me and settled very briefly. I spotted a pair of Small Tortoiseshells, my first of these butterflies of the year, near some short growths of Stinging Nettles on the edge of the scrub on the middle slopes. 
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3 April 2018

Adder on the Chalk Pit,  Lancing Clump LNR
Photograph by Sarah Reeve

Despite the overcast rather cool weather (10.5 °C) we spotted three Adders basking in the Chalk Pit area of Lancing Clump Local Nature Reserve. Two of the snakes slithered off quite quickly but the third posed for a photograph sensing its surroundings with its forked tongue

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