Small White Butterfly
Large White Butterfly
poor weather continued for the whole month
to be the worst August
in my lifetime of over fifty years.
a day that began with thunder and lightning,
was seen on the roof of Ricardo industrial building, flying south
following the usual River
Adur emigration route. A Grey
Heron took flight from the bank of the
river at a high spring tide lapping the towpath,
whilst a variety of aeroplanes and helicopters flew and whirred above on
a dull Sunday of the Shoreham Air Show.
Three small birds with distinctive white bellies, disturbed from amongst
the Sea Purslane on
the River Adur
bank near Cuckoo's
later identified as Common Sandpipers.
Toll Bridge was reopened for foot, cycle and horse traffic
larva of the Toadflax Brocade Moth,
lunula, was seen by the railway level
crossing gates in Eastern Avenue, Shoreham.
second brood Dingy Skipper fluttering
around in the herb undergrowth at the the northern end of the lower
Mill Hill was difficult to
spot on a day on a day too breezy for the flowers to remain still enough
to photograph. I had to virtually to tread on many of the blue butterflies
to make them take flight so the numbers recorded were low: 26+ Chalkhill
a few females, 48+ Adonis
Blues (with no females discerned),
20+) with almost as many females
as males. Twelve species of butterfly were
seen on an overcast day.
and a noteworthy Volucella
were seen on the Pixie Path in the north-west
corner amongst the Ivy.
the weather conditions ameliorated enough
to make a trip to Mill Hill worthwhile,
it seemed as though I have missed the main emergence of Chalkhill
Butterflies for 2008
as the very poor showing of 43 (with one female) on the 1.2 acre transect
lower slopes indicated. There were
nearly as many fresh male Adonis Blues
with 37 noted on the lower slopes. A fresh brood and frequent occurrence
of Speckled Woods
was noted in Buckingham Park, Shoreham. Sixteen
species of butterfly were definitely identified on an overcast day.
photograph by James George
(Jimbo) tells its
Blues Maximum Day Total Annual Chart for Mill Hill
the breezy conditions, a visit to the downs
was contemplated but not undertaken because of the unfavourable conditions.
were frequent in Shoreham town with ten
species recorded including only my second
of the year. Green-veined
White Butterflies were noted at the top
of Buckingham Park. In the twitten between
Corbyn Crescent and Adelaide Square, the large Volucella
was my third seen this year and the first one ever seen in the residential
area of Shoreham.
Shoreham Town Wildlife Report
Butterfly List 2008
5 August 2008
was too breezy and overcast to assess the Chalkhill
Blues on Mill