|Heyshott work party|
By the path from the car park to the house the daffodils formed a carpet, with tall old conifers beside the walkway:
On Sunday a drizzly morning was spent metal detecting, my only finds being a lead hem weight, a large shot and a button:
A visit to Arundel WWT on Monday showed two toads in the pool by the entrance walkway. The Polyanthus on our balcony have all bloomed again so I tidied the planters up. The geraniums are looking good for Spring. While doing this I found a Western Conifer Seed Bug, a recent (1999) immigrant to the south of the country from the USA. The miniature orchid in our bay window has flowered again to join two Phalaenopsis.
|Common Toad, Bufo bufo|
|Western Conifer Seed Bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis|
On Tuesday a walk along Ferring Rife gave me my first Small Tortoiseshells of the season - six in total, not bad given the cloud cover. I also spotted an Angle Shades moth larva on a dock leaf. The last one I saw was eating the mint on our balcony. The ponds on the west bank had plenty of frog spawn, including clusters of tiny tadpoles:
|Angle Shades larva on dock leaf, Phlogophora meticulosa|
|Angle Shades larva|
|Small Tortoiseshell on nettle|
|Small Tortoiseshell, Aglais urticae|
|Snowdrop, Galanthus species|
At home I found a Yellow-backed Clothes moth by the balcony light.
|Yellow-backed Clothes moth, Monopis obviella|
Yesterday I joined the work party at Heyshott escarpment. This is the first one for a month which has not been cancelled due to bad weather. A bank by the path was covered in Cuckoo Flower, foodplant of the Orange Tip. Afterwards I joined Mark at Iping & Stedham Commona then photographed the Cedar Cups at a churchyard. There are many more out than the last time I saw them, perhaps 80.
|Heyshott work party|
|Brimstone on the primrose slope|
|Cuckoo Flower, Cardamine pratensis|
|British White Cattle on Stedham Common|
The use of Sussex Wildlife Cattle on the local commons is a matter of controversy among the local farming community after a SWT cow was found to have bovine TB in 2015: http://bit.ly/2nJOold
|Cedar Cup, Geopora sumneriana|
|Small Tortoiseshell in churchyard at Singleton.|