This is the first published
Electronic Newspaper for
Shoreham-by-Sea and the
Adur Valley & District, West Sussex, England
January 2003 : Volume 5
Planning Committee Meeting:
Adur District Council
Ropetackle Detailed Plan
There is some discussion
of these issues on the
January - 28 February 2003
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.
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
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.
Beach Weatherflash (Instant Readings) Page
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.
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.
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
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
Race) is Anthus
petrosus littoralis. These
pipits can be a bit tricky to identify.
Meadow Pipit Report
on Lancing Beach
with Pipits Identification
petrosus littoralis (Sussex records)
Pipits Observation Page (BMLSS)
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
single Great Tit
was spotted before it darted into an Ivy laden Hawthorn.
of Lancing Ring
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
Adur East (Shermanbury area) Nature Pages
are feeding on peanuts provided in my Shermanbury garden.
Dabchicks (=Little Grebes) are spotted
repeatedly diving beneath the flooded Widewater
by Peter Talbot-Elsden
is a complete absence of gulls
on the playing fields and parks of Shoreham in contrast to five
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).
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.
the edge of Widewater Lagoon, a Kestrel
took a Goldfinch
in mid-flight, hard enough to down the bird before finally capturing it.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
by Helen Swyer and others
LCP(L) No.93 (8-11t) Destroyed
by fire at Shoreham, S England.
D-Day was 6
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
LCVP Landing Craft, Vehicle
LSH Landing Ship, Headquarters
LSI Landing Ship, Infantry
LST Landing Ship, Tank
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.
Valley Book List
Archaeological Society EGroup
of the Week.
| 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
| 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.
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'.
| 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.
from The Oxford Interactive Encyclopedia
by The Learning Company, Inc. Copyright (c) 1997 TLC Properties Inc.
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at Mock Bridge, River Adur, 3 January 2003
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
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