Lower Adur Valley, West Sussex

August 2020

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20 August 2020

Fifty mostly adult Shore Crabs, Carcinus maenas, were attracted to the chicken bait in three small drop-nets in under an hour from the Toll Bridge at high tide on a sunny afternoon.

17 August 2020
A Plumed Fanfoot Moth, Pechipogo plumigeralis, rested in my lounge all day.
About a hundred lively butterflies on the lower slopes of Mill Hill, on a humid afternoon, were led in frequency by Meadow Browns, with Chalkhill Blues, Common Blues, Adonis Blues and Small Heaths, An ambush predator the Hornet Robber Fly stalked the winding path and southern steps.
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12 August 2020
A rumble of thunder was first heard at 11:48 pm. Two faint rumbles was all I heard.

9 August 2020

The Met Office (Shoreham) shade air temperature attained an unpleasantly hot 33.0 °C at 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm, the highest temperature this century.
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7 August 2020
The first winter Lapwing was seen back on the River Adur mud. 

5 August 2020

Chalkhill Blue
Mill Hill Cutting

There were at least ten male Chalkhill Blues fluttering over the southern bank of the Mill Hill Cutting on a sunny afternoon. There were an estimated forty more seen on the lower slopes of Mill Hill.

3 August 2020
I added two more species of butterfly to yesterdays tally of 19: a faded Comma and a bright Small Tortoiseshell, sharing the Buddleia bush with Red Admirals, on the western side of the South Downs Way bridge over the Adur near Botolphs. 

2 August 2020

A mating pair of Wall Browns

With a breeze blowing the flowers about there were scores of butterflies fluttering over MiIl Hill and nearby (in a good year, this would be hundreds) of nineteen different species: Chalkhill Blues (estimated 35 males+2), frequent Common Blues, Painted Lady, (one at the top of Chanctonbury Drive), frequent Gatekeepers, and occasional Meadow Browns, a Speckled Wood in the copse. and a mating pair of Wall Browns plus one more, male Adonis Blues (4), a Red Admiral and a Peacock Butterfly. two Holly Blues in the scrub, a Large White and a Small White, two restless bright Clouded Yellows, a tatty second brood Dingy Skipper on the lower slopes, a tatty Small Skipper and a Brown Argus in the top meadow, a few bright yellow Brimstone Butterflies, and a Small Heath on the middle slopes.

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