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This is the first published Electronic Newspaper for
Shoreham-by-Sea and the Adur Valley & District, West Sussex, England


 25 December 2002  :  Volume 4  Issue 15

Local News

 
Clubs and societies are invited to hold an evening Adur World Oceans Day event.
See below for the AWOD events pencilled in for the Adur Festival 2003.

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Wildlife Notes
Adur Valley Nature Notes  January to March 2002
Adur Valley Nature Notes  April - June 2002
Adur Valley Nature Notes  July - September 2002
Adur Valley Nature Notes  October - December 2002
23 December 2002
Six Brent Geese were feeding on the flooded airfield. Five of them had dark breasts, and a sixth one was lighter in colour. The sky was black with hundreds of Lapwings

22 December 2002
A brisk walk around Brooklands Lake, east Worthing, produced a single sighting of a Grey Wagtail as well as the usual collection of Pochard, Coots, Moorhen and Mallard Ducks.

Report by Jan Hamblett via the Adur Valley EForum
 
20 December 2002
Widewater Lagoon water had risen at most an inch since last month. Using the same wide spectrum hydrometer used for the other readings, the specific gravity at the miniscus read 1.020 at 8° C. Using the method before correction this would give a salinity of 27. This is the same as last month. However, after deducting the hydrometer correction figure we arrive a salinity of 22 (ppt).
Widewater Salinity

20 December 2002
Cycling east over the Toll Bridge I turned south at the downslink junction. At this point a pedestrian 50 metres in front of me flushed out a bird which flew up the path towards me in a low undulating fashion. Having time to focus my eyes as it flew past following the path northwards I recognised it to be a Kingfisher. The vivid turquoise shine on it's back as it travelled north was a glimmer of brightness on an otherwise overcast day. Continuing southward along the track nest to the river I spotted solitary diving duck. Further down in the shallows a Little Egret was fishing, it allowed me to come quite close to it but to my chagrin I did not have a camera with me.
Next stop was Widewater Lagoon, leaving the A259 coast road I crossed the footbridge over the lagoon to see another Little Egret fishing but this one was more timid and I could not get close. 
A quick look over at the rock groynes I spied an Oystercatcher perched on the boulders. On an unusually deserted promenade I flushed out a group of beautiful Goldfinches and some very raucous Sparrows.

Report by Jan Hamblett via the Adur Valley EForum
The Kingfisher was also spotted by Helen Swyer, who followed it as it came to rest on the remains of the rotting boat on the east side of the river. 

With the Adur on a high spring tide as still as a mill pond, a Red-breasted Merganser dived beneath the milky waters just south of the Toll Bridge. I noted that the Meadow Pipits on the cycle path and airport showed their tail underwing as a very distinctive bright white in contrast to their rich chocolate brown speckled breasts. As it was high tide the hundreds of Lapwings were on the airport grass. 
On the edge of Widewater, a Feral Pigeon probed. This "townie" is locally uncommon, no longer even found regularly at the railway stations in the Adur urban district. On the sparsely vegetated artificial island of Widewater Lagoon, a Great Black-backed Gull was doing its best to further denude the vegetation with a large (rabbit-sized) clump of greenery in its beak, with which it flew off. 
The Tamarisk provided shelter for a small chirm of a half dozen Goldfinches
Pied Wagtails were common in the town on the roads and on the shingle beach.

 

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ADUR VALLEY NATURE NOTES 2001
WINTER  Nature Notes 2001 JANUARY - MARCH
SPRING Nature Notes 2001 APRIL - JUNE
SUMMER  Nature Notes 2001 JULY - SEPTEMBER
AUTUMN  Nature Notes 2001 OCTOBER - DECEMBER



    Historical Snippets
     

    1209 A Charter of King John mentions a ferry at Shoreham. It was also mentioned in a Court case of 1249, and again in papers of 1263. In 1302 this ferry is identified from New Shoreham to Lancing and again identified as a passagium in 1316 and a ferry in 1327and 1332.
     
    1651  ferry boat carried travellers from Old Shoreham to the Sussex Pad. The ferry service was unreliable and many travellers had to cross the river at the Bramber bridge. The first mention of this ferry service is in the reign of James I (1603-25) but it is likely that the ferry was in operation a long time before this.

    1781 The wooden bridge over the River Adur at Old Shoreham was built, replacing a ferry. The evidence for the date comes from an Act of Parliament. There does not appear to be any evidence of any subsequent construction so it is probable that the same bridge remained until 1916 when the bridge was rebuilt to its previous design, with just a few minor modifications.
     

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    souter  | sut |  n. Now Sc. & north. [OE sutere corresp. to OHG sutari, ON sutari, f. L sutor, f. suere sew, stitch: see -ER1.] A shoemaker, a cobbler. Formerly also (derog.), a stupid or uneducated person

    philodendron  | fldendrn |  n. Also -drum  | -drm | . Pl. -drons, -dra  | -dr | . L19. [mod.L (see below) f. Gk, neut. of philodendros fond of trees (f. as PHILO- + dendron tree), w. ref. to its climbing on trees.] Any of various tropical American climbing aroids constituting the genus Philodendron, some species of which are cultivated as house-plants.

    telluric  | tel(j)rk |  a.2 M19. [f. L tellur-, tellus earth + -IC.] Of or belonging to the earth, terrestrial; spec. (a)designating or pertaining to natural electric currents in the upper layers of the earth; (b)pertaining to or involved in the effect of atmospheric absorption on astronomical spectra. Also, of or pertaining to earth or the soil.

    eider  | Ld |  n. L17. [Icel. aedur genit. aedar in aedarfugl eider duck f. ON aedr. See also next.] 1 Any large northern sea-duck of the genera Somateria and Polysticta; spec. S. mollissima, the male of which is largely black and white and the female dull brown, and which is the source of eider-down. Also eider duck. L17.  2 = EIDERDOWN 1. M18.
    1 king-eider an Arctic eider, Somateria spectabilis, distinguished by the orange bill and frontal shield of the male.

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White Christmas

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten
and children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow.

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white.

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white.

Irving Berlin, 1942

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Fungi on a Mossy Log (at Lancing Clump)
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Boxing DayChanctonbury Ring Morris Dancers at the White Lion, Steyning


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    ** December 2002:  (date to be confirmed)
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    ADVANCE NOTICE
    Adur World Oceans Day 2003

    ADUR FESTIVAL ENTRIES

    Shoreham 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 and before. 

    The 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.
     
     

    31 May 2003
    ADUR WORLD OCEANS DAY
    Coronation Green,  Shoreham-by-Sea
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Admission:  Free

    Photograph by Ray Hamblett

    Open 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 seashore. 
    Organised by the Adur World Oceans Day group


    3 June 2003 - 7 June 2003
    10 June 1993 - 14 June 2003
    ADUR VALLEY BIODIVERSITY EXHIBITION
    Adur Civic Centre Foyer
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Admission:  Free

    In 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. 
     

    Swan (Photograph by Andy Horton)
     

    The 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. 
    Organised by Adur Valley Biodiversity Network



    NEW EVENT

    Date to be decided
    ADUR WORLD OCEANS DAY
    Indoor venue to be decided
    Evening session
    Admission:  Free

    Masked Crab (Photograph by Andy Horton)

    The Masked Crab, Corystes cassilaunus, buries under the sand.

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    A 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. 
    Organised by the Adur World Oceans Day group
     
     




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