After Solstice Reports 2018
19 June 2018
an impromptu passage visit to Kingston Beach
at high tide as the sea lapped against the concrete
by the Lifeboat Station. I noted the following
plants in flower on a beach where shingle defences had obliterated patches
of plants: Mayweed, Oxford Ragwort, Groundsel,
Curled Dock, Common
Plantain, the groung-hugging Scarlet
Pimpernel, English Stonecrop, Biting
Medick, and non-flowering Great Lettuce,
Sea Beet, Orache etc.
Pineapple Weed, Matricaria discoidea, was a surprise discovery on a grass verge at the far western end of MIddle Road, Shoreham. It looks like a daisy without petals.
17 June 2018
Spotted Orchid, Pyramidal Orchid, Rosebay Willowherb &
Daisy, Creeping Thistle
Cowslips, Dotted Loosestrife, Viper's Bugloss
Downs Link Cyclepath between Erringham Gap and the disused Cement Works
Overcast with drops of rain in the air, but the breeze had reduced to a few fresh gusts: I disturbed a few Meadow Brown Butterflies in the meadow-like verges of the Downs Link Cyclepath between Erringham Gap and the disused Cement Works site. On the verges the green vegetation was already waist height dominated by Hardheads with hundreds of flowering heads, hundreds of Ox-eye Daisies, abundant Melilot with a few flowers, and adorned with over a hundred each of Common Spotted Orchids and Pyramidal Orchids, many which were hidden from view because of the dense foliage. The Mayweed at Old Shoreham seemed to have a scent when the flower was crushed.
16 June 2018
Mallow, Oriental Poppy (Papaver
White Clover and Smooth Hawk's-beard, Crepis capillaris, Fumitory
Adur Recreation Ground
Blustered about terribly in the breeze (Force 5) it proved too tricky to capture a publishable photograph of my first Large Skipper of the year visiting White Clover amongst the long grasses at the Flood Arches end of Adur Recreation Ground. The grasses were blowing about much too much and I could not get a clear shot. Fumitory was then spotted hidden amongst the long grasses. Swaying in the wind the crimson of the Oriental Poppies, Papaver pseudoorientale, and a large spike of Viper's Bugloss, a single confirmed Slender Thistle, the purple Common Mallow, and the yellow of Bristly Ox-tongue were larger and more noticeable.
13 June 2018
Creeping Thistle, Water Dropwort
11 June 2018
sunshine made it difficult to photograph over a hundred Common
Spotted Orchids and about eight Southern
Marsh Orchids on the southern bank of
Hill Cutting. The Pyramidal Orchids
were just emerging on the north edge of Frampton's Field.
9 June 2018
Daisy, Dog Rose, Common Spotted Orchid
Pyramidal Orchid, Hardhead
Downs Link Cyclepath meadow-like verges: Old Shoreham to south of the Cement Works
7 June 2018
Shoreham Beach (East & West)
1 & 6 June 2018
5 June 2018
Hawkbit, Bristly Ox-tongue, Spotted Orchid,
Welted Thistle, Chamomile or (Scented?) Mayweed
Old Shoreham to Erringham Gap
Water Dropwort, Chamomile,
Common Poppy, Oriental Poppy (Papaver pseudoorientale)
Old Shoreham to Erringham Gap
4 June 2018
Shoreham Beach Central
Adur Shingle Plants
At the far eastern end of Shoreham Beach, on a sunny afternoon the most noticeable plants in flower were vast expanses of Red Valerian, plenty of the diminished Sea Kale, patches of Thrift, the upright Tree Mallow, clumps of Oxford Ragwort and Dock, with occasional Common Mallow, the calyx seeding stage of the ground-hugging Starry Clover and occasional spikes of Viper's Bugloss and Yellow-horned Poppy. At the Shoreham Fort end of the beach, there were still stands of Silver Ragwort which were budding with flowering imminent.
Water Dropwort, Common Spotted Orchid, Cornflower
Ox-eye Daisy, Lesser Stitchwort
Downs Link Cyclepath: Erringham Gap to Old Shoreham
In the late morning, three Common Spotted Orchids and Ox-eye Daisies were seem immediately amongst the meadow-like verges at Erringham Gap on the Downs Link Cyclepath. It was south of the Flyover that a large group of umbellifers grew on the western verge nearer the River Adur. These were thought to be Hemlock Water Dropwort. Just north of the Tollbridge a solitary Cornflower may be a garden escape on the disturbed land covered in Oil Seed Rape, buttercups and Dock. Lastly, I spotted much smaller colonisers, Lesser Stitchwort, distinguished from the Greater Stitchwort by narrower petals, and the unmistakable Scarlet Pimpernel.
2 June 2018
Valerian, Viper's Bugloss, Painted
Lady on Red
Kidney Vetch, Yellow-horned Poppy
Shoreham Beach West
Sidelined at home for just over a week with illness (a summer virus) and unsuitable weather (predicted heavy showers and lightning) and I missed one day for bicycle repairs (awkward puncture), so the receding Horseshoe Vetch and new summer flora was expected on the lower slopes of Mill Hill, after my absence. In the afternoon an advection mist rolled up the Adur valley.
Rattle, Bladder Campion, Dropwort
Musk Thistle, Wild Mignonette, Wild Thyme
The highlight of a dull afternoon was a dozen bumblebees on a patch of unexpected Musk Thistle on the lower slopes. Other flowers on the lower slopes seen for the first time this year were the first Dropwort, Rough Hawkbit, the ground-hugging Creeping Cinquefoil, and the first diminutive Wild Thyme, Fairy Flax and Eyebright. Pushing through the short vegetation, the tall spikes of Yellow Wort were not yet flowering. The rolling mist turned to fog and visibility and light was poor on the middle slopes. Bladder Campion was seen flowering in a brief cursory visit. Greater Knapweed, Yellow Rattle and Ribwort Plantain were flowering amongst the long grasses south of the Reservoir. Common Poppies were flowering in mass in the meadow below Mill Hill.
Campion, Musk Thistle, Poppy,
Dropwort, Greater Knapweed, Creeping Cinquefoil, Silverweed
22 May 2018
Melilot and Bladder Campion were just beginning to flower on the middle slopes of Mill Hill.
21 May 2018
Wild Mignonette, Common Daisies
Mill Hill and nearby
leaves of other plants
Pixie Path to Mill Hill
17 May 2018
16 May 2018
Sow Thistle), White
Bulbous Buttercup, Spear Thistle
15 May 2018
Yellow Flag Iris
14 May 2018
11 May 2018
Mustard, Sea Campion. Hoary
Creeping Thistle, Thrift, Oilseed Rape, Bird's-foot Trefoil
8 May 2018
Bugle, Red Campion
1 May 2018
in the new growths on the bare soil created by the tidal defence works west of the Ferry Bridge
Red Deadnettle, Mouse-ear and other weeds were flowering amongst the mixed colonisation
25 April 2018
Mustard, Green Alkanet
Cuckoo's Corner on the Coombes Road
19 April 2018
Marigold, Cuckoo Flower
18 April 2018
Cuckoo's Corner on the Coombes Road
Alkanet, Red Deadnettle,
Shoreham and Outskirts
Garlic Mustard was just about flowering by Cuckoo's Corner on the Coombes Road.
11 April 2018
Cowslips were flowering on the verges of the Downs Link Path from Old Shoreham north to the Cement Works. At the northern end I spotted the hybrid False Oxlip, Primula veris x vulgaris for the first time.
Dog Violet, Forget-me-Not
Adur Levels (except the violet on Mill Hill)
Verges of the Downs Link Cyclepath near the disused Cement Works
5 April 2018
3 & 5 April 2018
Marigold*, Oxford Ragwort*, Daffodils
Lesser Celandines* and Sweet Violets*, Ground Ivy, Sweet Violets
Shoreham* and Mill Hill
24 March 2018
Verges on the Outskirts
Red Deadnettle (not the leaves), Green Alkanet
Primroses, Field Speedwell
21 March 2018
A distinct wind chill could still be felt under a blue sky on a short cycle ride along the Downs Link Cyclepath from Old Shoreham to the disused Cement Works at Upper Beeding. The cyclepath verges were shorn from last year but there were occasional yellow flowers: Daffodils, Coltsfoot and Lesser Celandine.
On the lawn at the top of Chanctonbury Drive, north Shoreham there were a few Sweet Violets and Lesser Celandine in flower. A Drone Fly, Eristalis, visited Cherry Plum tree flowers on a tree on the verge of Mill Hill Road at the southern end of the bridge over the A27, and Lesser Celandine flowers at the northern end of Mill Hill Drive.
Adur Trees 2018
13 March 2018
The weather was pleasant enough to spot my first bumblebee of the year. A few wild flowers were noted: Sweet Violets were seen near Withy Gap in Lancing. Lesser Celandines appeared on the grass verges in north Lancing and on the verges of the Coombes Road near Coombes, where Snowdrops and Daffodils were still flowering. On the Downs Link Cyclepath south of the Cement Works, Coltsfoot and Dandelion flowers were just appearing.
27 February 2018
15 February 2018
Snowdrops at Botolphs and Coombes
A solitary battered Lesser Celandine flower was seen at Coombes.
14 February 2018
1 February 2018
by the beach huts at the western end of Widewater, by Lancing Sailing Club, and for this reason it might
be the cultivated species Euphorbia characias rather than Euphorbia paralias
My first Snowdrop of the year was seen in a Lancing garden.
14 January 2018
Deadnettle, Common Mouse-ear
"The flower looks like Dog's Mercury. There is also a Dock and a thistle leaf."
Comments by Peter on Flora of the British Isles: A Photographic Guide flickr
On a cool (air temp > 8.2 °C with wind chill) clear day there was very little wildlife of note. On land disturbed by the tidal works at the southern end of the new Ferry Bridge, a few common "weeds" of Dog's Mercury Mercurialis perennis, Common Mouse-ear, Red Deadnettle and Groundsel were noted in the beginnings of flower without looking for them.
Between the cyclepath and the River Adur at Old Shoreham, I noted Sow Thistle, Mayweed and Ox-eye Daisy in tattered flower as I was blown about by Gale Force 8 gusts of wind.
As a leftover from last year, a diminutive Oxford Ragwort was just about showing a flower by the railway station, Shoreham-by-Sea.
Adur Nature Reports 2017
Parts of a Flower
A Layman's Guide to British Wild Flowers
Wild Flower Society
List of the vascular plants of Britain and Ireland
Alphabetical LIst of British Wild Plants
Sussex Wild Flora
& Fauna on Chalk
Plant Ecology (book)
Interactive Flora of the British Isles: DVD ROM