Category Archives: Wildlife

Change to February Task Day

Saturday, February 17

10:00 – 12:00
This February’s task day is being moved from Sunday 18th Feb to Sat 17th Feb.  We will still meet at the car park at 10am and will be going to the Diamond Jubilee Plantation field to plant the new elm trees.  The change is being made to accommodate the local White Letter Hairstreak expert from Butterfly Conservation with whom we have been working.  We are sorry if this is inconvenient for any of our regular task day helpers.  We will return to our normal Sunday next month.  If you are not usually able to come to the Sunday task days, why not join us for the Saturday tree planting?

Butterfly walk on the Clump – 19th July

Another Friends group in the area, the Friends of Whitebeam Wood, are holding a butterfly walk and survey on the Ring on Sat 19th July between 10am and 1pm.  They would like to extend a welcome to any FOLR members who would like to come along and join them.

Woods springing to life

Wood Anemones

Wood Anemones

Mark captured these Wood Anemones in the  clump area on Sunday during the task day, it’s great to see these becoming established

Raptor at work


Sparrowhawk (Photo credit: NotMicroButSoft (In Sindh, mainly KHI upto 3 Dec))

Thanks to Friends of Lancing Ring member Cynthia in Lynchmere Avenue, North Lancing  for these great pictures of a Sparrowhawk in her garden

Realising the value of our Grassland

Realising the value of our Grassland

Where the wildflowers are ~ The Grasslands Trust blog

Today, David Cameron was supposed to have given his first green speech since becoming prime minister – nearly two years after announcing that this would be the Greenest Government Ever. Damian Carrington in the Guardian lambasted Cameron for abandoning his plans for a keynote speech. There’s no question that he was planning to make this speech – we were one of the “green” groups that were canvassed for ideas to include in the speech and duly committed time and effort to developing ideas in the hope that Number 10 would spot a shiny bauble and pick it up. Instead, The Prime Minister has announced today that Green Energy “must be affordable” . Sound Familiar? – its the same refrain we heard from the Chancellor in the budget – “environmental sustainability must follow fiscal sustainability”  – that means we can only afford to be environmentally sustainable when we’ve got rid of…

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A winter walk around Lancing Ring

A winter walk around Lancing Ring.
A set of pictures from Andy Brook of North Lancing dot com 

Lancing Ring LNR

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Lancing Ring LNR, a set by Lancing Nature on Flickr.

A selection of images from the Lancing Ring Flickr set of the plants and invertebrates found on the Local Nature reserve.

Butterfly Walk – Sunday 8th August 2010

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!):

Common Blue
Meadow Brown
Small White
Chalk Hill Blue
Small Skipper
Small Heath
Speckled Wood
Silver-washed Fritillary
Wall Brown
Large White
Red Admiral
Small tortoiseshell

Some of the other species observed:

6 spotted Burnet Moths
Various other moths
Bees – various

Some of the numerous Plants identified:

Lesser Burdock
Wild Parsnip
Red Bartsia
Wild Carrot
Hardhead Knapweed
St John’sWort
Greater Knapweed
Hemp Agrimony
Bird’s Foot Trefoil

Wild Basil
Yellow Nipplewort
Yellow Rattle
Lady’s Bedstraw
Pink Clover
Hemp Agrimony
Common Bedstraw
Wayfarer Tree
Purple Loosestrife
Enchanter’s Nightshade
Old Man’s Beard
Black Bryony
Common Dodder
Wild Mignonette
Wild Thyme
White Knapweed
Wall Lettuce
Bladder Campion
Blue Scabious
Dog Rose
Tufted Vetch
Rest Harrow
Spear Thistle
Creeping Thistle
Rosebay Willowherb
Hop Trefoil
Bristly Ox-tongue
Hedge Woundwort

Observing Spring

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 .

Video of visit on Sunday 12th July

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.