This is the first published
Electronic Newspaper for
Shoreham-by-Sea and the
Adur Valley & District, West Sussex, England
November 2002 : Volume 4
DETAILED PLANNING APPLICATION
find myself agreeing with John Curtis's letter of 7 November 2002. I concur
that the plan for Ropetackle lacks creative vision and that the riverside
position is completely wasted. For such an important site at the focal
point of the High Street, next to the Conservation area deserves a design
that will enhance the appearance, not a dreary apartment block with a small
community facility and a few offices included to comply with the Ropetackle
would also like to remind SEEDA that Shoreham already has a chronic lack
of employment opportunites and by buidling flats on the only remaining
space in the town centre for offices and businesses is just bad planning.
Where are the people going to work? Not in Adur, they are not. Currently
eight of ten people work outside the district. There is no place for more
homes without equivalent jobs.
do not want to appear entirely negative, I am prepared to draw up a plan
that hopefully would have the merits of both good taste, be advantageous
to everybody and be an economically viable proposition as well.
(Link to Word Document)
World Oceans Day meeting
and societies are invited to hold an evening Adur
World Oceans Day event.
below for the AWOD events pencilled
in for the Adur Festival 2003.
send any comments to: Andy Horton
usual Coot (44)
(6) on Brooklands Boating Lake, east Worthing, were joined by 16 Pochard
On the adjacent pitch & putt course, a dozen Brent
Geese were chased off by dogs, the geese
the Coombes Road from Lancing College to Steyning this morning, I was shocked
to see masses
of thick hedgerows and trees being ripped out both along the roadside and
around the adjacent fields. A
stretch of at least 300 metres from Passies Pond to Botolphs Church are
in the process of being bulldozed along with most of the willows around
Passies Pond, what a sad sight..... and a right mess!
quick view of a
Willow Tit, Parus montanus, fluttering
above the bushes on the northern margins of New Monks Farm, east Lancing,
near the weighbridge, (TQ 192 057),
to the west of Withy Patch, was my first recorded sighting of this bird
that I am unfamiliar with. The call described as "air,
air, air" (I am not sure how I would describe the triple call)
was clear and this may distinguish it from the similar Marsh
Tit (not definitely).
However, the Shoreham & District Ornithologal Society booklet describes
this bird as the rearest of the titmice in the local area, so there must
be a doubt at my fleeting observation as I cycled past.
Ornithological Society Titmice
adult winter Great Northern
Diver was seen at the eastern end of Shoreham
Harbour at 3:00 pm.
were seen on Brooklands Boating Lake, east Worthing.
the Information Kiosk by Widewater Lagoon, two
uncommon Sussex birds made a brief visit: a single Black
and a couple of Stonechats.
It is interesting how the Widewater provides a temporary haven for a large
variety of the less familiar birds. The identity of these birds were confirmed
by Sussex Ornithological
Nature Newsletter (November 2002)
Egret was seen on the margins of Widewater
Lagoon. Not so little either, these two birds appeared as white herons
at first and the appearance of their size is dependent on their behaviour,
skulking around the margins makes them appear smaller. One bird seemed
to have such pronounced rings on its legs it appeared like it was in plaster.
a hailstone broke out on this squally day where a brief gale blew up and
in minutes the wInd had reduced to a breeze. An example of the variation
is shown on the graph.
back feeding on in and around
after a break for the summer months.
the garden of 40 The Drive (near Buckingham Park), Shoreham-by-Sea, (TQ
219 063) at least eight Blackbirds
(seven male) were in the garden at one time as the rain fell steadily down.
The attraction was the bright
of the small Holly Tree,
on which the Blackbirds
were obviously feeding, the bright red berries distinctive in their yellow
bills. the Blackbirds
were coming and going and there were nore than eight birds in total taking
advantage of this food resource and having a look at the small garden pond
and bird bath. A Wren flew
out of the Holly Tree as well.
Town & Gardens Wildlife page
Clump was shrouded in a light mist, rain fell in intermittent bursts;
the woodland floor covered with fallen leaves, the trees almost bare
after the battering of recent gales. The atmosphere was heavy and sombre,
the weight of the woodland canopy all around the feet, ready to begin the
process of replenishing the soil. The recycling of dead timber was in evidence
with the fruiting of several clumps of fungi, including the Jews Ear
and the Shaggy and Golden Pholiotas.
Report and Photographs
Checklist of Fungal Names
Heron was perched on the second groyne
on Kingston Beach as the tide came in this morning.
hovered over Middle Road Playing Fields, Shoreham.
Merganser dived under the water for its
diet of small fish between the Toll Bridge
Railway Viaduct on the Adur estuary.
the Old Fort, Shoreham beach, on the strandline
to the west of the harbour pier, five Turnstones
in black (actually dark brown) with grey-white breasts and distinctive
red legs and large feet, were foraging amongst the accumulated seaweed
and occasional dead Dogfish, seashells, broken fishing pots and single
dried out Mermaid's Purse (Thornback Ray).
The Turnstones could be seen very clearly and closer than other waders,
confident of their own camouflage which was not nearly as efficient as
that of the Ringed Plover or Pied Wagtail,
the commoner birds of the shingle beach and strandline in the colder months.
Then to my surprise I disturbed a Red Admiral
Butterfly amongst the seaweed. The anglers
were catching Whiting, Flounders and small Bass
from the harbour arm.
fresh looking Small
Tortoiseshell Butterfly was
disturbed from under a clump of Honeysuckle as I mowed the lawn of a garden
close to the Saltings roundabout on the A259, south Lancing on the border
a few rocks for aquarium props in fading light, a moonless evening under
torchlight, there were dozens of Squat
Lobsters, Galathea squamifera, and
at least one red-eyed Velvet
puber. I thought that I picked up
two, but the following day, I noticed that the crab had pale blue eyes
and this I now think may be a different crab altogether, Liocarcinus
arcuatus, the Arch-fronted
Swimming Crab which I have never discovered
before, nor have I heard reported before from the shore. The
identity of this crab has been confirmed by Dr.
small crab (carapace width 25 mm) had a heavy carpus on both chelae,
a rough carapace in chocolate brown, swimming legs that were pointed, slower
moving than Necora, with also are pronounced creamy white underside,
and at dusk that was only its fractionally different movement that made
it stand out from the Shore Crab. There were
no "teeth" between the eyes, and the carapace was in a straight line between
the eyes, with red antennae and antennules.
late Red Admiral Butterfly
flutters by Eastern Avenue railway crossing gates in Shoreham town. Mallards
are notable in their scores on the River Adur estuary
and Widewater Lagoon. There was also a report
of Mallards on
a stubble field near Mill Hill. A
Heron was probing for small fish in the
pools at low tide to the west of the Footbridge.
under Worthing Pier
is getting dark as the tide reached its lowest point. Amongst the Squat
and the usual fauna, of special note was a couple of first year red-brown
Ballan Wrasse, Labrus
bergylta, the first from this beach and only one was captured (the
other one got away in the murk) and when I delved around in the bucket
at home a Small-headed Clingfish,
dentatus, stuck to my hand. Red Ballan
Wrasse are not common on Sussex shores: I
have only caught one before. Young 5-Bearded
Rockling were present, at least a dozen, plus an adult Blenny
that was left in-situ.
Marine Life Study Society
Henfield on the same Downs Link track and a troup
of Long-tailed Titsagain
only 2 metres away. I walked to Chanctonbury Ring then south nearly to
Cissbury ring then back along Monarch's way. Between Cissbury and joining
the South Downs Way above Steyning and about 16 metres away there were
another couple of Roe Deer.
This time they did not run away but watched me walk by. On the way down
and just north of Steyning I spotted a late
dragonfly. It flew away too fast but Im guessing
it was a darter of some description.
mudflats north of the Toll Bridge
are dotted with Lapwings,
into the breeze (hundreds at this time of the year and throughout winter
at low tide). Katherine Hamblett (8)
wondered what might be under the rocks in the soft wet silt, it soon became
clear that almost every rock has at least one small Shore
Crab hiding beneath it.
Lifting items of driftwood and other flotsam above the tideline in the
hope of discovering Slow Worms,
yielded nothing more than hundreds of spring-loaded Sandhoppers
which scatter and vanish as the security of their hideout is breached.
capture on rod and line by Peter
Weight (Lancing) of a Boar
Fish, Capros aper,
from Hove beach is the very first record of this fish caught from the shore
off Sussex. The books
say that this fish lives in depths of over 100 metres and there are no
seas of this depth on the English
side of the English Channel.
pretty little red and silver
rhomboidal fish about 55 mm long, excluding its caudal fin, large eye and
large protractile mouth, with a spiky first dorsal and vibrating second
dorsal and second anal fins (vibrating like the dorsal fin of a pipefish).
Although this fish is rarely caught, it is abundant in deepish water (on
the edge of the continental shelf in the western approaches of the English
Channel) and it is just that normal fishing methods do not capture this
small fish. All records and especially all live records from the
shore or on dives, and all Sussex records are newsworthy.
fish is thriving in the BMLSS private aquarium (Shoreham-by-Sea). This
fish is rarely on display in British Public Aquaria
and the only known display of this fish was for several years at Mevagissey
Sussex Record of a Boar Fish
Report from the Channel Islands
I walked down the old railway track below Partridge Green a couple of small
Deer were feeding. This was the first
time I have seen deer on the track. (This is the Downs Link). Below Henfield
on the same track a Goldcrest about
eye height sat in a branch about 2 metres away. I stopped and watched and
the smallest British bird just hopped from branch to branch.
sudden flight of a "little brown bird"
with a glimpse of the white outer tail feathers but in an unusual place
on Lancing beach (flying from Beach Green to the shingle banks) (TQ
185 037) where the bird perched on a wooden
sea defence structure above high tide level and I could see the full brown
speckled colour of this bird, which is rarely possibly in the meadows.
It looked larger than a sparrow. My favourite identification is a Water
Pipit, although it was probably a Meadow
(The other uncommon winter visitor pipit on this coast is the Scandanavian
Rock Pipit, but this is a lighter coloured
bird, noticeable as a Rock Pipit because of its grey outer tail feathers.)
of 20+ Goldfinches flew
around their usual bushes between Widewater Lagoon
and the sea, and in adjoining bushes, the House
Sparrows made a cacophonic racket as a
Gale Force 7
winds (36 mph at 10:26 am)
gusting to Storm Force 10
(64 mph at 6:36 am),
but not accompanied by heavy rain, blow the trees about. By midday the
wind had reduced to a Fresh Breeze Force 5
(24 mph). Even so, in the early afternoon, the branches of the large trees
in Buckingham Park were waving about, indicative of Force 6.
Wildlife Gardening Yahoo Group
recent days I have seen a party of about six Long
tailed Tits, Aegithalos caudatus,
a pair of Blue Tits,
a Great Tit in
my south Lancing garden. Today
atricapilla, was seen and probably confirms identity of a sound heard
about a week ago, which when described to an expert, it was suggested as
being from a distressed Blackcap.
ripe fruit on the 10 metres high Hawthorn
Tree is one of the attractions for some
of the birds, others like the peanuts hanging from a garden Crab
Apple Tree. An occasional butterfly
passes without pause, today a Red Admiral
went by heading east. (TQ 186 044)
Nature Nature News (October 2002)
Woodpecker Report with photograph
Wood Butterfly in good condition was in
Also the Greater Spotted Woodpecker
is still making visits to the bird feeder although the red
head has turned to black
and his frontage looks a little dirty.
seen flying over the gardens at the rear of my house in south Lancing about
first floor height. It was lazily pursuing birds which were mostly Starlings,
all of which became very agitated and flew in the opposite direction. (TQ
Tortoiseshell Butterflies were seen between
Hill and Truleigh Hill.
chirm of over 30 Goldfinches
flocked near the Church of Good Shepherd on Shoreham
Speckled Wood Butterfly,
faded but mostly intact, fluttered around in Lancing town centre by the
pet shop. On the airport side of the A27 opposite the Sussex Pad, a distinctive
black-blue banded dragonfly hawked about five
metres over the roadside bushes. This was a Migrant
Hawker, Aeshna mixta.
the Romans invaded in AD 43 we hear of a ruler called Togidumnus,
this name beginning with a T now favoured over the name Cogidumnus.
to assist is Barry Cunliffe's book on Fishbourne Roman Palace, (Tempus
1998) in which on p 108 he discusses the two firm pieces of evidence
about this ruler.
the inscription found in Chichester mentioning Tiberius Claudius [ ]ogidubnus
as "rex magnus Brit." the great king of the Britains" permitting the building
of a temple.
a passage in Tacitus (Agricola XIV which reads .."certain states
were given to Cogidubnus (he remained faithful down to our own times) according
to an old and long accepted Roman tradition of using kings also as instruments
for slavery" (i.e. subjugation of native peoples). (Tacitus:born
AD 56 or 7; died after 117 apparently)
not have the reference for the recent argument to spell his name with a
T rather than a C, but it seems to have become the accepted spelling.
one can answer the details of whether Togidubnus was already the local
ruler, or whether he was inserted as a puppet ruler. On Saturday night's
TV programme which included Fishbourne RP, Barry Cunliffe was suggesting
that Togi was likely to have been brought up in Rome, and come back to
has long been argued that Togi was quite young at the time of the invasion,
because he must have lived & ruled for quite long time subsequently,
as inferred by the Tacitus passage, and if indeed it was he who built FRP
in its grand style in cAD 75-80, removing earlier buildings in the area.
to the name of the local political unit - I recall Mark Hassall stating
rather firmly the case for one name as opposed to the other at the Roman
Invasion conference in Chichester a few years back, but I have forgotten
what his argument hinged upon.
"Caroline Wells" <CarolineWells@talgarth.demon.co.uk>
Past Discussion group on Yahoo
Sussex Archaeological Society EGroup
By AD 43, this part of
Sussex (before it was called Sussex) was ruled by Cogidumnus
(probably a Roman) at the time of the second Roman invasion (or
he was installed as King by the invading Romans).
Tincommius & Cogidumnus
were important rulers of the Atrebates
tribe with a power base centred in the south-east. It appears that it was
not until the Romans arrived that Cogidumnus
became King [Rex] and they were then known as the Regni or the Regnenses?
Case for the Roman Invasion (Link)
Case for the Roman Invasion (Link)
Valley Book List
Archaeological Society EGroup
of the Week
| brLksz()m | n. M20. [f. Gk brukhein gnash the teeth + -ISM.] Med.
Involuntary or habitual grinding or clenching of the teeth.
from The Oxford Interactive Encyclopedia
by The Learning Company, Inc. Copyright (c) 1997 TLC Properties Inc.
They hang the
man and flog the woman
the goose from off the common,
But let the
greater villain loose
the common from the goose.
The law demands
that we atone
When we take
things we do not own
the lords and ladies fine
Who take things
that are yours and mine.
The poor and
wretched don't escape
If they conspire
the law to break;
This must be
so but they endure
Those who conspire
to make the law.
The law locks
up the man or woman
the goose from off the common'
And geese will
still a common lack
Till they go
and steal it back.
folk poem circa 1764
& Poets Smart Group
by Steve Cropp
30 November 2002
10:30 AM - 4:30
6-7-8 December 2002
Saturday every month.
December 2002: (date to be confirmed)
World Oceans Day 2003
and the River Adur's seafaring traditions stretch
back for over a millenium. In the days of sailing ships the public hards
each side of the Coronation Green were important
for loading and unloading cargo and Shoreham has a history of seafaring
and fishing that stretches back centuries to the beginning of written records
Adur Festival celebrates this tradition and the local connection with the
sea with the opening procession from St. Mary de Haura church down East
Street (known as Oriental Street in the 18th century) down to River Adur
to Coronation Green (Legal Quay in medieval times) in the centre of Shoreham-by-Sea.
WORLD OCEANS DAY
am - 4:00 pm
air celebration of the wildlife of the oceans with exhibitions of live
marine creatures, marine aquaria, nets and fishing gear, colouring competitions
and other interactive activities for children, whales and dolphins exhibits,
films and video shows, sea food tasting, all designed for a family day
out. Allow at least one hour, preferably more, to wander around the marquees,
with experts on hand to answer questions about life in the sea and on the
by the Adur World Oceans Day group
June 2003 - 7 June 2003
June 1993 - 14 June 2003
VALLEY BIODIVERSITY EXHIBITION
Civic Centre Foyer
am - 4:00 pm
June 1992, over 150 Heads of States signed the Convention on Biological
Diversity at Rio de Janeiro. They did so to express a shared belief that
action must be taken to halt the worldwide loss of animal and plant species
and genetic resources.
Adur Exhibition will celebrate the varied wildlife of the lower Adur valley
including the whole of the Adur District. It will contain photographs and
information from local wildlife groups.
by Adur Valley Biodiversity
to be decided
WORLD OCEANS DAY
venue to be decided
series of short illustrated talks and documentary video films about the
undersea world around the British Isles: a unique opportunity to see the
fascinating marine wildlife both above and below the waves with original
presentations. This educational series is designed for the older age group,
over 11 years old, and should appeal to both the novice and the experienced
naturalist and marine biologist.
by the Adur World Oceans Day group
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