Dog’s mercury (Mercurialis perennis) is one of those mysterious, usually nameless, plants that is hardly ever noticed. It forms dense carpets on the woodland floor and beneath old hedgerows but appears to most passers-by as just background for the bluebells and primroses.Continue reading “Dog's mercury”
The public consultation on planning application 20/00379/OUT has been extended until Friday March 13th.
Mail from Simon Tesler at Southwick Court:Continue reading “Objections to application 20/00379/OUT”
This is a screenshot taken from the Environment Agency’s Flood Map; it shows the risk of Lambrok Stream flooding. We have dropped a yellow marker at the place where the access road to the planned development of 180 houses (planning application 20/00379/OUT) is intended to cross the Lambrok.Continue reading “Flood Map”
Wood ear (Auricular auricula-judae) found growing on a branch brought down in one of the copses by Storm Ciara.
A bunch of keys was lost in the park on Sunday morning. If anybody has found them, please contact us.
Planning application 20/00379/OUT
The otters that come to Southwick Court moat are probably a female and maybe her last year’s cubs; they will have come to feed, via the Lambrok, from the Biss or even from the Avon. Planning application 20/00379/OUT does not show how the Lambrok is to be bridged without interrupting the otters’ route.Continue reading “Bridging the Lambrok”
The lesser celandines (Ficaria verna) are in flower. Celandines are the floral equivalent of the swallow, they appear around the same time and mark the coming of spring. In fact the word celandine comes from the Greek name for swallow: chelidon. One of its local names is spring messenger; others are brighteye, butter and cheese, frog’s foot, golden guineas and, less romantically, pilewort because it was once used to treat haemorrhoids.Continue reading “Lesser Celandine”
The public consultation on planning application 20/00379/OUT has been extended.Continue reading “20/00379/OUT public consultation extended”
While rummaging through our species lists looking for ammunition to throw in the direction of Planning Application 20/00379/OUT, we found a 2018 record of a small heath (Coenonympha pamphilus) hidden in the Lepidoptera section. The small heath is the park’s third UK BAP Priority Species of butterfly.Continue reading “Small heath”
Despite being battered by the weekend’s storm, the blackthorn is just beginning to flower; you’ll find it at the top of the hill as you leave Simpson’s Field.
The Ecological Survey and Report that was submitted with Planning Application 20/00379/OUT says this:Continue reading “More about 20/00379/OUT”
Of the five species of Britain’s black corvids, four have been seen in Southwick Country Park park: crow, rook, jackdaw and raven.Continue reading “How to tell corvids apart”
Most of the Friends of Southwick Country Park are retirees, all of us inclined to begin sentences with: When I was a child….Continue reading “Splatometer”