Lower Adur Valley, West Sussex

March 2018

New Erringham pastures
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26 March 2018

At the southern footpath end of the Waterworks Road, the flowering Cherry Plum attracted my first Peacock Butterfly of the year and like the first Comma Butterfly seen a minute afterwards were enticed out of winter hibernation by a brief spell of sunshine in the early afternoon. 
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Comma Butterfly

24 March 2018
From about 10 am to 11 am on the River Adur mud flats at low tide there was a flock of twenty Avocet between the Railway Viaduct and Tollbridge, quite unsettled and often taking to the air.

Report by Alan Kitson on SOS Sightings

Pintail on Widewater

A duck was seen on Widewater in the afternoon. I did not recognise it immediately in poor light at the eastern end in the middle of the lagoon, so a Pintail is unlikely to be a regular visitor to Shoreham. I have not recorded one before. 
Pintail SOS status: Fairly common winter visitor and scarce on observed passage; occasionally summers and has bred.

20 March 2018
An Avocet is spotted on the exposed waterlogged mud of Brooklands Boating Lake. The Avocet is a rare visitor to the lower Adur Valley and local shores.
(SOS: Scarce winter visitor and passage migrant; scarce and localised Sussex

19 March 2018

Lancing Ring Dewpond
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The first snow at the end of the previous month had melted and this was a fresh flurry.
17 - 18 March 2018
A few flurries of sleet and snow left a thin sprinking, 75 mm at most on the flat ground in Shoreham town. The roads and pavements were mostly not cold enough for the snow to settle. Air temperatures were on and about freezing over the weekend, but the wind was slight. The water and frog spawn on my small garden pond was not frozen at all.
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15 March 2018
In the weak sunshine I spotted my first butterfly of the year; a Red Admiral over Mill Hill Road at the southern end of the bridge over the A27.

A Buzzard glided over Erringham Hill, seen in the photograph from the top meadow of Mill Hill Nature Reserve.

13 March 2018
The weather was pleasant enough to spot my first bumblebee of the year, a Buff-tailed Bumblebee visited a flower shop in Lancing.

A Kestrel hovered over the Tamarisk at Widewater.

7 March 2018

After the ice had melted a Common Frog appeared in my tiny Shoreham garden pond.  A clump of spawn was spotted.

3 March 2018
After the very cold spell, a Common Dolphin, Delphinus delphis, was washed ashore dead on Worthing Beach. Another dolphin was discovered on Western Road Beach in Lancing and a third one was found at the beach by Heene Road in Worthing.

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1 March 2018
Snow still lay on the side streets and downs in freezing temperatures throughout the day and night.
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