Saturday, February 17
Category Archives: Wildlife
Mark captured these Wood Anemones in the clump area on Sunday during the task day, it’s great to see these becoming established
Thanks to Friends of Lancing Ring member Cynthia in Lynchmere Avenue, North Lancing for these great pictures of a Sparrowhawk in her garden
A winter walk around Lancing Ring.
A set of pictures from Andy Brook of North Lancing dot com
Report from Adrienne Stevenson;
Last Sunday, a small group enjoyed a most enjoyable and informative walk around the Ring led by Brianne Reeves. After a rather grey start to the day, (when we began to wonder just how many butterflies we would see), the clouds parted and we were blessed with blue skies, bright sunshine and the warmth that finally encouraged numerous butterflies to emerge from their hiding places. Brianne is such an engaging guide and her enthusiasm and knowledge had us all spellbound and even the young children amongst the group were engaged throughout the walk. We would like to thank Brianne so much for agreeing to give up a Sunday morning to take us round.
So what did we see? Well, there were numerous small blue butterflies – Chalk Hill Blue, Common Blue and Holly Blue and by the end of the walk we were even getting quite good at working out which were which! We saw Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, and learnt how the Wall Brown often likes to land on paths. There were Small Heath Butterflies which we discovered flop to one side when resting! I will add a list of the varieties at the end, but one lovely discovery was The Silver-washed Fritillary – very beautiful and which we understand is not so frequently seen.
However, Brianne’s walks are not just confined to butterflies and we discovered the names of the numerous plants around the Reserve. We found newly emerged ladybirds that most of us confessed we would have walked straight past! Whilst amid all this our attention was drawn to the call of a Kestrel, Greenfinch or the Chiffchaff.
All in all we had a most absorbing time, left all our troubles behind and immersed ourselves completely in the wonder and beauty of our beautiful hill. Thank you once again Brianne, it couldn’t have been better!
List of Butterfly species observed (I hope I have them all!):
Some of the other species observed:
6 spotted Burnet Moths
Various other moths
Bees – various
Some of the numerous Plants identified:
Old Man’s Beard
Spring is slowly gathering momentum and wildlife will soon be popping up around the reserve.
If you see a Butterfly, Bumblebee, Ladybird or Hoverfly or any other wildlife on the reserve over the next few weeks, please make a note of when and where and send the details to this website using the form on the Sightings page .
The walk was about an hour in length
We arrived at the main car park at around 3:30 in the afternoon and walked into the reserve via the wooded area, reaching the grassy meadow and taking the low path on the south side.
Here was sheltered from gusty wind which was keeping any butterflies from flight.
A few Small Skippers and a Marbled White were active, mostly on the flower heads of the Greater Knapweed.
About half way along, we headed up the slope keeping among the shelter of bushes where possible and made our way to the Dewpond.
Checking for signs of Dragonflies, there was none on the wing. It was still gusty and flight would of been hard work .
Another visitor spoke to us about the sighting of a small Yellow Snake, he had seen on the bank of the Dewpond. Also of seeing some youths with a Vivariam type container.
We continued our walk into the Beech woods area aiming for the far side walking via the area of replanted beech and ash.
Among the woods in the sheltered dappled sunlit spots, were several butterflies . A Comma, two Gatekeepers, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood and Large White.
Beyond the trees in an area of bramble a male Broad-bodied Chaser Dragonfly was seen resting in the sunny sheltered space.
His work of mating and guarding the females when they were egg depositing over the Dewpond is done. Hopefully larvae will develop and flourish .
Heading southwards through the tree canopy a noisy group of Long-tailed tits, twittered in the branches of Ash trees which swayed in the wind blowing overhead.
We left the woodland crossing back through the meadow and headed home for a cup of tea.