ADUR NATURE NOTES 2020
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March 2020

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  WILDLIFE REPORTS
 
 

25 March 2020

Fossil from Shoreham Beach

Alert children's eyes spotted this very small flint fossil amongst the billions of other pebbles on Shoreham Beach (by Beach Green). It is a bivalve mollusc from the Cretaceous period and the Natural History Museum suggested it could be the bivalve Limatula with representatives still extant today.


 PS: A very nice flint cast of a bivalve called Neithia from the Cretaceous chalk circa 85 million years ago.

18 March 2020

Whimbrel
Photograph by Dave Hoggen

A Whimbrel was spotted on the River Adur, It was an unexpected and unusual occurrence in the centre of Shoreham town, seen on the mussel beds from Coronation Green.


 A Red Kite was seen drifting over urban Southwick, heading towards Shoreham, mobbed by gulls.


Blackthorn at Cuckoo's Corner

At Cuckoo's Corner, the Blackthorn bush was profusely in flower.

17 March 2020

False Oxlip, Primrose, Cowslips
Downs Link Cyclepath
Erringham Gap to the Cement Works

Adur Primula

16 March 2020
After five months isolation from Mill Hill because of inclement weather, the sun finally came out on the muddy southern top part of Mill Hill Nature Reserve. And with the sun came my first butterflies of the year: at least two strong-flying Brimstone Butterflies skirting the still bare scrub, and secondly a Peacock Butterfly first spotted on a drain cover south of the Reservoir. I was most pleased to spot two Small Tortoiseshells fluttering over the thoroughly mown meadow (a good job) north of the upper car park. 

Two large Slow Worms, a small slim Adder and a Common LIzard were all firsts of the year reptiles amongst some old logs deliberately placed on the southern part of Mill Hill. Small birds sang to each other from deep inside the bushes but they were mostly too well hidden for me to identify, although I recognised a pair of Blue Tits. A male Pheasant was not so easy to spot into the low light of the early afternoon. Clumps of Daffodils flowered on the southern part of Mill Hill. Green Alkanet was also seen in flower south of the Reservoir. In the top copse, the first flowers and leaves were seen amongst the budding Blackthorn

14 March 2020

Pheasant by Judith Green

Pheasant 
Photograph by Judith Green

A male Pheasant was a surprise visitor to a garden on Shoreham Beach at the far eastern end near Shoreham Fort.

Report by Judith Green on Shoreham-by-Sea & Southwick facebook


 12 March 2020

Adder on Mill Hill
Report & Photograph by Sean Stones

Autumn mowing at the top of Mill Hill meant that the grass was very short and this Adder moving around was easier to spot than it might otherwise have been.

Adur Reptiles

2 March 2020

Lesser Celandine, Dandelion, White Deadnettle
Primula*, Coltsfoot
(*could be a natural hybrid False Oxlip, perhaps a cultivated Primrose hybrid/variety)
Downs Link Cyclepath, Lancing College to the Cement Works


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Coastal and Marine Reports 2020
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