Lower Adur Valley, West Sussex

March 2016

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31 March 2016

Comma Butterfly

The sun shined briefly and my first Comma Butterfly of the year made a fleeting appearance at the southern end of the Waterworks Road, Old Shoreham, followed by a Peacock Butterfly over Frampton's Field (south-west). Alas a dead Fox lay at the entrance to the Waterworks Road by the main Steyning Road. Blackthorn, one Bluebell, Green Alkanet and Alexanders were in flower on the Waterworks Road verges with Lesser Celandine on the Steyning Road verges. 
Adur Butterfly List 2016

19 March 2016
Common Frog spawn reported by Helen Swyer to have been laid in excess abundance this year. A couple of pints were transferred to my close-by garden pond. 

18 March 2016

Photograph by Sarah Reeve

A Sparrowhawk caught and killed a Pigeon in a North Lancing garden. 

17 March 2016
Just after midday a Peacock Butterfly briefly landed in front of me on the larger pebbles by Shoreham Fort, Shoreham Beach. It was my first butterfly of the year. And it was the first rays of sun that prompted at least 25 Wall Lizards, Podarcis muralis, to peek out of their holes in the carnot wall of the old redoubt, and from their shelter in crannies of the earth and rubble embankment. All but one were adults with lizards in pairs and sometimes in three in choice holes. This number seen was approaching to the most numerous seen (38) in one day. One lizard skittered right up to the top of the wall.

Hundreds of the egg cases of the Undulate Ray were scattered over the foreshore above the high tide on the shingle marked by washed up seaweeds and other strandline debris.

Later in the afternoon I had two further sightings of Peacock Butterflies on the lower slopes of Mill HIll. On all three occasions the butterfly only settled for about second in the feeble sun. The lower slopes also hosted the first wild Sweet Violet in flower for 2016
Adur Violets

In the dark of night just after a 70.1% Moon set below the horizon, a Fox awakened the neighbourhood (of Corbyn Crescent, Shoreham.) as it screamed a harsh and repeated "Vixen Call" in the early hours (3:00 am).  It was cold night with a below freezing wind chill

14 March 2016
Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies were seen on the Riverbank (by the houseboats) by Dave Mason (one) and another one in a garden of the Dovecote Estate (near Mill Hill) by Rosalyn Hamblett.

Adur Butterfly List 2016
13 March 2016
A Fox in the afternoon on Footpath 3138 from Old Shoreham to MIll Hill (west boundary of Frampton's Field, divided into Horse runs) in its usual position half way up on the north-south part of the footpath. 

A first of the year Brimstone Butterfly was spotted by Chris Servante in a Lancing cemetery.

12 March 2016

In the weak midday sunshine, I quickly spotted at least 15 adult Wall Lizards, Podarcis muralis, on the the carnot wall of the Shoreham Fort, Shoreham Beach. One was basking, but they were generally skittish and rapidly clambered over the flint wall and into holes. These were the first reptiles I had seen this year. One lizard skittered over the top of the caponier


11 March 2016
In the fading light of the late afternoon, I spotted the silhouette of a small bird in a budding Elm tree on the footpath by Frampton's Field, Old Shoreham, near where the footpath meets The Street. It turned out to be the first Goldcrest I have seen locally for several years. 

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