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


 5 January 2003  :  Volume 5  Issue 1

Local News

6 January 2003
Planning Committee Meeting: Adur District Council

Ropetackle Detailed Plan
Telecommunications Mast, Buckingham Barn

There is some discussion of these issues on the
ADUR VALLEY EFORUM 
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/adur/


27 January - 28 February 2003
The South Downs National Park Designation Order with maps will be put on deposit. During this time representations can be made to the Secretary of State, Margaret Becket.

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.

Please send any comments to: Andy Horton
Glaucus@hotmail.com

Wildlife Notes
5 January 2003
The garden ponds in Shoreham town and gardens are frozen over with a glass-like (3 mm to 6 mm) layer of ice for the whole of the day. The temperature remained under 3 ºC for all hours of daylight.
Shoreham Beach Weatherflash (Instant Readings) Page

4 January 2003
Widewater Lagoon is in flood after the recent rain and the salinity fell to 15. The Little Egret foraged in the shallows as usual. This bird is not ringed. 
Widewater Salinity Page

The morning layer of snow is so thin it could be mistaken for frost. The precipitation of Shoreham beach up to 9:00 am was a mere 1.022 mm, with the temperature at its lowest point at 1.7 ºC at 7:50 am and a dew point falling to -0.9 ºC at 6:16 am. Wind chill was -5.3 ºC was 7:48 am  and although it is getting warmer, the wind chill in the Light Breeze (Force 2) was still below freezing in mid-morning. There was no ice on garden ponds. 

3 January 2003
Amongst the scant remaining vegetation at a high spring tide, at least three pipits perched and flew around just above the water surface south-west of the Footbridge over the Adur (TQ 216 047). These were not the plump Meadow Pipits of the local fields but a different bird altogether, thin and straggly with a much paler speckled breasts with plenty of white, and a more marked face with a bit of a dark top. The white, or was it grey, tail feathers were not so bright either. So this bird was either a Rock Pipit (Scandinavian Race) or a Water Pipit. The former is my favourite choice. They were not easily perturbed, but they all flew off over the estuary before I could get my camera out. The full species name of the Rock Pipit (Scandinavian Race) is Anthus petrosus littoralis. These pipits can be a bit tricky to identify.
Last Meadow Pipit Report
Pipit on Lancing Beach
Trouble with Pipits Identification
Adur Estuary Page
Anthus petrosus littoralis (Sussex records)
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My first butterfly of the year was almost certainly a Small Tortoiseshell that fluttered out of the Hawthorn and Dogwood shrub on the south east corner of the dewpond field on Lancing Clump
A single Great Tit was spotted before it darted into an Ivy laden Hawthorn.

Full Report
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Song Thrush (Photograph by Ray Hamblett)2 January 2003
On a day noted for its dampness with mud and sodden ground, there was a remarkable scarcity of birds and other wildlife in all the normal haunts. From a small bush outside the entrance to Ricardo's (TQ 125 059) on the airport side of the Toll Bridge at Old Shoreham, a Song Thrush performed its repertoire of songs, filling the dusk air with melody. The songs were heard again in  various parts of Shoreham town. Almost everywhere there were large gardens, or parks on any bushes to sing from the Song Thrush seemed to be singing. The wet winters of late seemed to have benefited this bird that feeds mainly on worms, although in hard winters it is capable of tackling snails when the frozen ground makes worms difficult to come by. 

1 January 2003
The Long tailed Tits, Aegithalos caudatus, are feeding on peanuts provided in my Shermanbury garden.

Upper Adur East (Shermanbury area) Nature Pages
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31 December 2002
Six Little Dabchicks (=Little Grebes) are spotted repeatedly diving beneath the flooded Widewater Lagoon
Report by Peter Talbot-Elsden
There is a complete absence of gulls on the playing fields and parks of Shoreham in contrast to five days before

27 December 2002
Straight as an arrow, the Kingfisher flew the the length of the stream by Adur Metal Works, just over over a metre above the surface of the contaminated water, the turquoise showing for the complete length of the sudden flight under the doctored branches of surviving Monterey Pines (TQ 210 053).
The Little Egret on the adjacent mud flats looked to be very slender and to have a much finer beak than normal. Maybe, it was a juvenile bird probing in the shallows at half tide. 

26 December 2002
On the edge of Widewater Lagoon, a Kestrel took a Goldfinch in mid-flight, hard enough to down the bird before finally capturing it.


Black-headed Gull on the Widewater footbridge (Photograph by Andy Horton)Hundreds of gulls filled the air and covered the sodden school playing fields and green grass of the parks, totalling thousands. It seems that there are more than usual at this time of the year: Black-headed Gulls, with striking red legs (probably a different population than  the summer resident gulls) make up the bulk of the influx, but there were scores, totalling hundreds of Herring Gulls, both mature and immature. Many of the gulls were "paddling" for worms.  The mud flats at half tide opposite the airport were denuded of gulls and six Grey Plover were the largest birds, feeding at the water's edge on a breezy overcast day. 

25 December 2002
The Sparrowhawk returned to my Eastbrook Road, south Portslade, East Sussex, garden on Christmas morning. The large rose in the right hand corner at the back of the garden are a meeting point for sparrows entering ours and two other adjacent gardens. The sparrows rushed to the centre of the bushes and the Sparrowhawk swooped down and landed on the bird table. It then flew around the rose bush and forced its way through the branches taking a sparrow with it. As we have now been feeding the birds at this point, more birds were present than the last time. 

Male Sparrowhawk (Photographs by Steve Huddlestone)
Sparrowhawk
The Sparrowhawk hooded its prey on the ground behind the buddleia and after a few minutes it started to pluck the sparrow. About half an hour later, when we were ready to leave I checked the hawk and it was still busy eating. I was just about to leave when I saw a large cat drop from the wall onto the Sparrowhawk, unfortunately most of the scene was hidden behind the buddleia but flapping of wings and flashes of white fur were visible. After what was probably only a few seconds the hawk broke free and managed to clear the garden wall, the cat sniffed around where the hawk was and did not find the sparrow so the hawk must have managed to take it with it.
Full Report
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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

December 2002
There have been repeated reports of a Grey Heron by the roundabout underneath the flyover north of Old Shoreham, and even on one occasion of the bird landing on the concrete slipways leading to the main A27 trunk road. 

Report by Helen Swyer and others
Latest Nature Notes and Index page 2002


    Historical Snippets

    10 July 1942
    Landing Craft
    LCP(L) No.93 (8-11t) Destroyed by fire at Shoreham, S England.
    D-Day was 6 June 1944.

    LCA Landing Craft, Assault 
    LCG Landing craft, Gun 
    LCI Landing Craft, Infantry 
    LCM Landing Craft, Mechanized 
    LCP Landing Craft, Personnel 
    LCS Landing Craft, Support 
    LCT Landing Craft, Tank 
    LCT(R) Landing Craft, Tank (Rocket) 
    LCVP Landing Craft, Vehicle and Personnel 
    LSH Landing Ship, Headquarters 
    LSI Landing Ship, Infantry 
    LST Landing Ship, Tank 
    Glossary

    The evacuation of Dunkirk in 26 May to 3 June 1940 show the urgent need to create of all parts a many fleet of special landing ships.

    As for the smaller barges the such LCM (Landing Mechanized Craft) and LCP (Landing Personal Craft), they derived from the light boats flat-bottomed are used in the lagoon of Maracaïbo and Gulf of Mexico for the service road of the oil platforms offshore oil rig.
    Source

    History of Shoreham


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    Words of the Week

    nidicolous  | ndk()ls |  a. E20. [f. L nidus nest + -I- + -COLOUS.] Ornith. (Having young which are) helpless at birth and confined to the nest until sufficiently developed to live without parental care; altricial. Opp. nidifugous.nidicole n. a nidicolous bird M20

    irruption  | rLp()n |  n. M16. [L irruptio(n-), f. as prec.: see -ION.] I 1 The action of bursting or breaking in; a violent entry or invasion, esp. of a hostile force or people. M16.  2 spec. An abrupt local increase in the numbers of a migrant bird or other animal. E20.
    1 M. IGNATIEFF This sudden irruption of riot into the little frame of Natasha's existence. 2 Bird Watching Immigrations or irruptions of Continental birds looking for 'open ground'.

    mendicant  | mendk()nt |  n. & a. LME. [L mendicant- pres. ppl stem of mendicare beg, f. mendicus beggar, f. mendum defect, fault: see -ANT1.] A n. 1 A mendicant friar (see sense B.1 below). LME.  2 A beggar; a person who lives by begging. L15. B adj. 1 Designating or belonging to any of the religious orders whose members (known as friars) lived solely on alms. L15. 2 Begging; given to or characterized by begging. Also, characteristic of a beggar. E17.
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    Excerpted from The Oxford Interactive Encyclopedia
    Developed by The Learning Company, Inc. Copyright (c) 1997 TLC Properties Inc. 


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Floods at Mock Bridge, River Adur, 3 January 2003
Photograph by Allen Pollard


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    11 January 2003
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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



     



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