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March 2008


Reports by Andy Horton from personal observation unless otherwise indicated
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2008 Regional

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30 March 2008
I did not note where this Andrena sp bee was seen, but it was almost certainly in or near the Butterfly Copse next to the Waterworks Road
It was probably Andrena flavipes.
Adur Bees & Wasps

26 March 2008
My first Brimstone Butterfly of 2008 was seen in South Lancing garden feeding on Aubretia and a bit on Hyacinth. This was the second local record of this species for 2008.


Four Peacock Butterflies were seen in under an hour on the downs north of Shoreham, the first faded specimen at the top of the Pixie Path to Mill Hill, the second and third left the lower slopes of Mill Hill, and the fourth one was in the extreme north-west corner of Mill Hill Nature Reserve next to the Old Erringham pasture. 
Adur Butterfly List 2008

23 March 2008 
After the pub closed at 10:30 pm on Easter Sunday, I saw a healthy Red Fox enter the churchyard of St. Michael in Southwick and ten minutes later another Fox was scrounging a morsel on the road verge outside Middle Road Open Space in residential Shoreham

21 March 2008
A summer plumaged Black necked Grebe was seen offshore at Ovingdean in the early evening with the first winter female Surf Scoter still present at dusk. Also a couple of Red throated Divers and Great Crested Grebes were observed on the sea.

The Birds of Sussex web site (hosted by Ian Barnard) is dedicated to all aspects of Birds and Birding in the County of Sussex. It contains a database of birds seen in Sussex. For the commoner species a link is provided to photographs where available.

17 March 2008
After the storms and the report of a mass stranding of Common Starfish, Asteria rubens, on Brighton Beach, I inspected the strandline on Shoreham Beach. All along the strandline there was a greater number of hundreds of thousands of Slipper Limpets and tens of thousands of Whelk egg balls amongst the usual mixed shell collection including Whelks and Oysters, and frequent lumps of Tertiary Lignite (sea coal)

Eggcase of the Undulate Ray

One Undulate Ray eggcase looked in good condition and was placed in an aquarium in case the embryo was still alive. There were a few dozen dead Starfish at the Old Fort, but not the hundreds reported from Brighton beach

To qualify as nationally newsworthy a Starfish stranding must be in tens of thousands. 

Starfish on the beach in Kent (March 2008)
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15 March 2008
My second Peacock Butterfly of the year was seen in a sunny garden in Barfield Park, Lancing.

Adur Butterfly List 2008

14 March 2008
A Long-tailed Duck landed on Widewater Lagoon. Its black spot on its white head, for the winter plumage, was very clear. 

Report by June Brown

10 March 2008
It is blowing a gale for most of the day. At 8:00 am the southerly was blowing steadily at Gale Force 8 gusting to 64 mph, Storm Force 11. One tree had broken its trunk and left as a stump in St.Mary de Haura churchyard in central Shoreham
Met Office Shoreham Weather
Adur Weather Reports 2008

9 March 2008
Hundreds of Sweet Violets were now to be seen flowering on the lower slopes of Mill Hill, with a few clumps on the Pixie Path
Adur Violets

7 March 2008
I was surprised to find a dead Badger in Old Shoreham on the east side of the Steyning Road south of the entrance to the Waterworks Road, almost beneath the town sign of Shoreham-by-Sea. It was a surprise because I have never seen any live Badgers in the Shoreham area. Badgers occur south of Coombes on the western downside of the River Adur.  They may now occur around Old Erringham on the eastern side, north of Mill Hill
The first Comma Butterfly of the year emerged from hibernation to flutter around the Butterfly Copse next to the Waterworks Road, Old Shoreham. It was in pristine condition and was restless, rarely settling for more than 15 seconds, and after a few minutes it flew off rapidly westwards. 
Adur Butterfly Flight Times
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Adur Butterfly List 2008

1 March 2008

          St. David's Day


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