Lower Adur Valley, West Sussex

January 2020

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30 January 2020
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

Daffodils                                             Mistletoe

A clump of Mistletoe was spotted in the fork of a tree in the Park Avenue Open Space. This was the first time I have noted this parasitic plant.
Adur Mistletoe

29 January 2020
In Buckingham Park, north Shoreham, the first Daffodil of the year appeared in flower
My first reptile of the year was a Wall Lizard, Podarcis muralis, near the carnot wall of Shoreham Fort in the chilly breeze.
It was high tide in the early afternoon where two Purple Sandpipers and a few Turnstones rested on the wooden groyne nearest to Shoreham Harbour entrance.


20 January 2020
The air pressure has levelled out around midnight and the figure of 1050 mbs was not attained at Shoreham Airport registering 1048.9 at 1:00 pm. The last time the figure exceeded 1050 was in 1957 in County Mayo, Ireland and Benbecula, 1050.9, and the time before that was in 1932

19 January 2020
The barometer read 31 inches at 11:00 pm. A professional reading at Shoreham Airport attained a high pressure of  1049.1 mbs. This is an exceptionally high reading on the Fair/Very Dry scale. The all-time English record, set in 1902, is 1053 millibars. (hPa is the same as millibars, mbs.)   Mumbles, Swansea, recorded the highest reading at 1050.5 mbs.

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The Met Office recorded 1049 hPa at 10:00 pm.
The weather was cold (2 °C in the evening) and clear (no clouds) all day.
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12 January 2020
A Peacock Butterfly was spotted in a Shoreham garden. It must have been disturbed from hibernation on a cloudy day. It was the first butterfly of the year and the first local Peacock Butterfly seen in January on record.

Adur Butterfly List 2020
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Winter Heliotrope 4 January 2020
The neophyte Winter Heliotrope flowers in the winter months on Adur Recreation Ground (map). It attracted a fly, my first arthropod of the year. 

1 January 2020
The first flowers of the decade, just after midnight, were Herb Robert by the wheelie bins. It was fine (air temperature 9° C) at the turn of the year with a slight easterly chill to little to no wind (Force 2). There was no bird activity to be seen or heard in the early hours in the dark hazy moonless (after midnight) sky

In the misty daylight, I opened the front door and immediately spotted a big black Crow fly into the bare branches of a Sycamore.

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