single large mushroom found on Shoreham Beach where the shingle was covered
by soil was thought to be one of the Agaricus species. It
had a stem length of approximately 120 mm and a cap diameter of about 40
the Maple Copse (near the Waterworks Road,
Old Shoreham) there were at least four large Wood
Blewit mushrooms, and it looked like many
more small ones were pushing up through the leaf litter.
steady 30 mph
(Force 6 Strong
Breeze) southerly wind gusting to 50
mph (Force 9)
occurred throughout the morning, following on from almost as strong winds
throughout the night. From
pm the wind came with rain. By 1.00
pm the steady wind speed was recorded at 40
mph, Gale Force 8, gusting to 55
mph, Storm Force 10, and by 2:00
pm, the top gust
was recorded at 68 mph, Violent Storm Force
Weather (Met Office)
-13 November 2009
poor weather with rain means I think we
have seen the last of the butterflies
for the year.
were seen on two occasions in Shoreham town
gathering acorns from Evergreen Oaks. Autumn
was growing its signs with the abundant fallen leaves and
the first mushrooms, the first Wood
Blewit of autumn on
Hill with other common species.
expected it was almost a complete miss for butterflies
with just one Clouded Yellow
on Mill Hill, where a small flock of Long-tailed
Tits were seen amongst the Hawthorn.
was the last butterfly seen in 2009.
||The lower slopes of Mill
Hill were looking seriously overgrown with scrub with Privet the leading
a high spring tide, a Little
Egret was observed fishing in the shallow
water and capturing a morsel every three minutes or so. At a distance it
was difficult to see what it was actually capturing in its long black beak,
but on at least two occasions it looked like small Shore
Crabs, Carcinus maenas, that
tried to wriggle out of its beak without success. On the return journey
the tide had receded revealing some of the mud flats on which a pair of
were courting, running around together, flying short distances in unison
and swimming together in the shallow river, like ducks.
Estuarine Reports 2009
the sun emerged from from behind the frequent clouds a Peacock
Butterfly emerged from hibernation by
the Ivy on the edge of the Pixie Path, looking
slightly tatty. Four Common
Blue Butterflies were seen at the northern
end of the lower slopes of Mill Hill; both
these records were the first for the month of November.
There was also a probable Large White
in Shoreham town which would also be a first
for the month.
Mill Hill, two Clouded Yellows
courted and then mated and this was also the first time that this has been
seen locally. Over the Waterworks Road
a large female Sparrowhawk
swooped between the trees and it may have been after the frequent Wood
Butterfly Flight Times
Butterfly Reports (Butterfly Conservation Society)