Monday, April 17, 2006


Today has been a busy one for the Bumblebees. Many were in flight around the Ring as we wandered on the lower slopes. Most seemed to be Bombus terrestris, the Buff-tailed Bumblebee.
There were two Bombus lapidarius, the easy to identify Red Tailed Bumblebee.
Often they were found on the ground amongst the grass, it was a rather cool wind and the bees were conserving their energy reserves

Spring Butties

On Lancing Ring LNR above the cemetary, there is a large area of nettles, probably covers about an acre. Currently looking lush as they are beginning their new seasons growth, they stand about 6-10 inches tall.
Treading through this we disturbed 6 Small Tortoiseshells and a single Peacock.
Had it been warmer with more sun I felt sure a lot more would have shown.
The weather was cool but the sun occasionally appeared between breaks in the billowing cloud.

Saturday, April 08, 2006


In warm sun but breezy in exposed areas, Jan Hamblett spotted a large Red Fox at Bartons Farm, a Brimstone butterfly at the Cemetery seat, and two Tortoiseshell duelling butterflies at the top of butterfly meadow near to Brian Old's seat. Finally she saw a Red Admiral on the ground south of the car park on the grassy area after walking through the wooded copse.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

McIntyre's Field

1 April 2006
Spring has finally arrived under a blue sky with the warm rays of the afternoon sun, the flowers were out on Lancing Manor and McIntyre's Field (east of Lancing Clump): Lesser Celandine, Field Speedwell, Sweet Violets, Chickweed and Red Dead Nettle were noted in profusion. Katherine Hamblett was the first to spot one of the frequent 7-spot Ladybirds. Queen Buff-tailed Bumblebees crawled from their holes in the mown ground before buzzing off. A single medium-sized Syrphus hoverfly was spotted on a sun bathed leaf. Adur Bumblebees
The air temperature reached 12.9 ÂșC at 3:19 pm.
Jan Hamblett spotted a Peacock Butterfly at the bottom of McIntyre's Field and Ray Hamblett spotted a Comma Butterfly at the top. The latter was the first of the year. A Green Woodpecker called noisily from the wood to the east of the field.