Yellow Butterflies fluttering over the
Link Cyclepath south of the Toll
Bridge was the most seen in a single day this year. A Sparrowhawk
glided at a low level over the northern part of Frampton's
Field, Old Shoreham.
brief visit to Onslow Beach, east Worthing
produced a a single small Tompot Blenny,
gattorugine, and one Arch-fronted
Swimming Crab Liocarcinus
arcuatus plus the common species including
common (100+) Snakelocks
viridis, and frequent Daisy
flew over the shingle by the Golden Sands Caravan Park in Lancing.
Rockpooling Report from Onslow Beach
flew westwards over the Adur estuary like
an arrow parallel with the Railway Viaduct.
whirred over the meadow south of the Reservoir on Mill
visit to the hedgerow part of the Slonk Hill
Cutting, a Comma Butterfly
(one of nine butterfly species on the day)
and a Silver Y Moth
fluttered amongst the Brambles. A
Robber Fly settled on a leaf (illustrated
on the left).
ambling along the the Downs Link Cyclepath just north of the A27
Flyover was surprising with its unusual
gait. Speckled Woods
were the commonest of eleven species of butterfly
showed on a cloudy day. One dying and a few
were seen on Mill Hill, and this trend has occurred on the last few visits.
The expected cause of death was the rabbit virus Myxomatosis.
the northern end of the
lower slopes of
Hill, near the Devil's Bit Scabious,
I was attacked by a swarm of twenty or so Common
Wasps and despite making a run for it,
I was stung at least six times mainly on my scalp and the stings could
be felt four hours afterwards. It felt like a very strong itchy nettle
sting after six hours had elapsed.
were just three male Adonis Blue Butterflies
and 30 Meadow
noted, but I made my exit from the downs earlier
than I normally would under an overcast sky. Just the six
species of butterfly
included a Comma
on the Pixie Path.
Wasps & Bees
the warmth of the midday
sun, the six Wall Lizards, Podarcis
muralis, seen on the Old Fort
on Shoreham Beach were particularly lively
clambering much further up the wall on two occasions than I had ever seen
them do before.
weekly Shoreham butterfly count produced
species including 35 Adonis
Chalkhill Blues, 7
Blues and 9 Small
Heath Butterflies all on Mill
Hill, with a surprise Peacock Butterfly
seen near Old Shoreham Toll Bridge.
Wasps are frequently seen on the outskirts
of Shoreham, more often in the previous years this century.
Life off Sussex
young male Bottle-nosed Dolphin Tursiops truncatus,
followed a boat into the River Adur and stayed for
most of the day until coaxed back out to sea by Shoreham inshore lifeboat
before it could stranded on the low neap tide.
particular Bottle-nosed Dolphin habitually
enters English Channel harbours, but for all of last year was found around
the French coast.
& Dolphins around the British Isles
species of butterfly put in an appearance
in the weak sunshine including 36 Adonis
males and 3 females)
lower slopes of Mill
Hill, Just a single Chalkhill Blue
Butterfly fluttered around Old Erringham
pasture near the gate to Mill Hill Nature Reserve.
Blues in the middle area of Mill Hill
and very frequent Meadow
Browns on the downs
and Adur Levels. Devil's
Bit Scabious was in flower
on Mill Hill and this attracted frequent Meadow
Heath Butterflies were seen on the lower
slopes with a further two on the upper part of Mill Hill.
summer seems to be over even before it has started; three Wheatears
were seen on Lancing Beach by Widewater,
feeding amongst the vegetation before making their long flight south. Their
white tail feathers were most noticeable as they flew from one wooden post
Coastal Flora & Fauna
early morning visit to east Worthing beach produced the small white sea
sphyrodeta which is a species
rarely found between the tides. There were a frequent collection of many
of the usual shore fish and crabs.
Report from East Worthing Beach
Butterfly List 2007