visit to Onslow Court Beach, east Worthing,
produced many of the usual intertidal crabs and
similar crustaceans and sea
anemones. The Arch-fronted Swimming
arcuatus was notable as well
as the Pimplet Anemone Anthopleura
ballii. There was one of each seen.
and Worthing Beach Reports
the conservation pasture at Anchor Bottom,
the first half a dozen Autumn Lady's Tresses
of 2007 were
stumbled upon. These small easily overlooked orchids
were in a small area of the southern slopes.
I recorded twelve species of butterfly in the weak sunshine.
second brood Adonis Blue
four in mating pairs) were seen fluttering in the weak sunshine on the
slopes of Mill Hill.
highlight on an inclement day was an dark olive-green Grass
Snake slithering down the lower
slopes of Mill Hill.
an overcast day, when the breeze had died down, the sea south of the Church
of the Good Shepherd, Lancing (eastern boundary) as flat calm with no rollers
on the neap tide. Nine terns
hovered above the sea and all of them repeatedly dived in to feed on what
were probably small fish just below the surface. The upper wings were dark
grey on the edges. The hesitancy of their dives made me tentatively identify
these birds as Common Terns.
Life of Sussex
rare immigrant Death's Head
was discovered in my back garden
which is adjacent to Shoreham Beach between the harbour arm
and The Burrells.
This the largest moth to appear in Britain, sporting a wingspan
of up to 12 or 13 cm.
Volucella inansis was seen on the
Path on the outskirts of Shoreham. .
112 Chalkhill Blue
Butterflies were seen on Mill
Hill and the immediate surrounding area, a figure that is about half
the total expected in an average year. Most were seen on the lower slopes.
The brilliant blue of 11 fresh male Adonis
Blues stood out from the paler blue of
the Chalkhill Blues.
felt warm recording the highest air temperature of the year so far at 26.1
at the beginning of the month were recorded on the lower
slopes of Mill Hill at the lowest number
this century with just 61
(59 males and
females) in the transect acre counted. The
Blue was again recorded on the lower slopes
of Mill Hill. Fourteen species of butterflies
were seen on the warm (>25.0 ºC)
Butterfly List 2007