Lower Adur Valley, West Sussex

March 2019

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Reports by Andy Horton from personal observation unless otherwise indicated
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2019  Regional

Adur Coastal & Marine
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Jackdaw at Old Shoreham

Compared with other corvids, the Jackdaw spends more time exploring and turning over objects with its bill; it also has a straighter and less downturned bill and increased binocular vision which are advantageous for this foraging strategy.  Ref.


30 March 2019
I stopped in at Mill Hill and managed to find a Grizzled Skipper, the first of the year reported in Sussex.

Report by Jonathan Crawford on Sussex Butterflies
Adur Skippers

Marsh Marigold with a small hoverfly Platycheirus

29 March 2019
Blackthorn was in flower and Hawthorn was in leaf at Cuckoo's Corner on the Coombes Road.
Adur Trees & Shrubs 2019

28 March 2019
My first reptiles of the year were 14 Wall Lizards, Podarcis muralis, on and around the carnot wall of Shoreham Fort in the intermittent sunshine.

25 March 2019
A Common Bee-fly visited the first few Cowslips on the the verges of the Downs Link Cyclepath south of the Cement Works. False Oxlip was also present in one clump. Blackthorn was in flower.

23 March 2019
A Common Seal was spotted on the shingle beach at Southwick.

22 March 2019

Peacock Butterfly

It was too cool (9.2 °C) for a Peacock Butterfly to open its wings naturally as it was discovered with it wings firmly closed in the gutter of Buckingham Road, Shoreham, in the late afternoon. It was likely enticed from hibernation into a brief flight earlier to enable me to record my first butterfly of the year.

20 March 2019
A Brimstone Butterfly was seen by the River Adur.

Report by Tracy
Adur Butterflies 2019

19 March 2019

Fungus on a tree stump
with Lesser Celandine

A large white mass was highly incongruous growing from a dead tree stump at the northern end of Mill Hill Drive, north Shoreham. From a distance it looked more like white paper debris; it was only when I got closer I realised it was a living organism and when identified it will probably be one of the common bracket fungi that grow on dead tree stumps. On closer inspection and it did not look like the normal bracket fungi that is frequently seen on stumps.

Mid-March 2019
Inclement weather: rain, gales and poor light curtailed reports for a fortnight in the middle of the month.

1 March 2019

Goldfinch, Grey Heron
Mallards, Grey Heron, Redshank

Old Shoreham to the Cement Works

A Grey Heron showed plus three pairs of Mallards on the River Adur on a low tide by the Cement Works. The young Redshank was one of two actively feeding by the Tollbridge at Old Shoreham, but there were only gulls and no Lapwings on the exposed mud banks. The Goldfinch was solitary and singing for a mate on the edge of the Downs Link Cyclepath near the Erringham Gap, north of the Flyover.

March 2018 Reports

Coastal and Marine Reports 2019
Adur Levels Reports 2019
Mill Hill Reports 2019
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Shoreham Weather 2019

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Adur Nature Notes 2013

Adur Butterfly List 2018
Adur Butterfly Flight Times
Adur Trees
Flora of Shoreham-by-Sea
Shoreham and District Ornithological Society
Sussex Ornithological Society News
Lancing Village

MultiMap Aerial Photograph of the Adur Levels and Downs

Adur Nature Notes 2015
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