Lower Adur Valley, West Sussex

October 2019

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22 October 2019
A small Arctic bird called a Snow Bunting, Plectrophenax nivalis, made a surprise visit to the far eastern end of Shoreham Beach where it stayed in one place on the pebbles and grass, continually feeding on seeds with its yellow beak. It seemed unperturbed by the frequent passing lorries. Photographers could not get close because of the temporary metal fencing. Snow Buntings are a very scarce winter visitor and passage migrant to the Shoreham area. 
Previous 2012 report

Wall Lizards, Snow Bunting
Shoreham Fort
Unidentified fungi
Silver Sands

Seventeen Wall Lizards, Podarcis muralis, were easily seen on and around the carnot wall of Shoreham Fort in the calm sunshine. All but three were large adult lizards and I expect there were many more in hiding.
There were about forty familiar but unidentified mushrooms on Silver Sands above the high tide limit. I think these mushrooms are Marasmius oreades.

18 October 2019

Dune Waxcap, Hygrocybe conicoides, on the Widewater Nature Reserve
Photograph by Anthony Gammon on World of Widewater (WOW)  facebook

This is one of a small group of Dune Waxcaps on the Widewater flood plain.
Adur Waxcaps
Adur Fungi 2019

9 October 2019


About fifteen Lapwings were back on the mud flats at low tide, north of the Tollbridge.

1 October 2019
The high equinoctial spring tide lapped against the highest banks and sea defences of the River Adur at Shoreham-by-Sea in the middle of the day. A flock of 30 Redshanks was easily disturbed from their dry land roosts. Then a flock of 15 landed on the tidal wall. 

Wall Brown Butterfly

After four days of inclement weather, I was pleased to see a fresh Wall Brown Butterfly over the verges just south of the cyclepath crossroads at Old Shoreham.
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