This is the first published
Electronic Newspaper for
Shoreham-by-Sea and the
Adur Valley & District, West Sussex, England
March 2003 : Volume 5 Issue
new Harbour Club is completed opening up on
to the main area for the rare plant known as the Childing
this plant is to survive in one of only two locations in Sussex, careful
management will be necessary. West
Sussex County Council have constructed a wooden surround, but the main
area that the plant colonises is actually on the silver sands near the
club and shown in the picture and outside of the wooden barrier.
are plans by the South Downs Conservation Board to graze cows on the public
land known as Mill Hill.At the last juncture
they do not seem to be concerned about erosion of the steep slopes and
arrogantly maintain that they know what they are doing.
downs are an important short sward chalkhill grassland habitat which the
Government is obliged to protect from scrub incursions under the EC Habitats
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
World Oceans Day 2003
next meeting of the Adur World Oceans Day group. All the major participants
should confirm their attendance before this day so that the organisation
for publicity, planning logistics and other arrangements can be progressed.
Information File on Adur World Oceans Day
Tit was calling loudly and persistently
from a tree in the south-western corner of Buckingham Park, Shoreham. The
spawn is laid amongst the few sticks of
weeds in the back garden of 40 The Drive (near Buckingham Park), Shoreham-by-Sea,
219 063) some 16 days later than the spawn
was laid in Lancing, and 26 days after the first frogs were seen in
Sorex araneus, was discovered
under the forcing cover of the rhubarb plants on our Lancing Manor allotment.
Sandpipers as well as about five Turnstones
were on the central wooden pier near the Old Fort, Shoreham Beach. (TQ
the fading light a couple of Shelducks
waddled in the mud just south of the Toll
was a surprise to see a black Brent Goose
(Black Brant) wading around the edges
and swimming on the surface of Widewater Lagoon.
(Hedge Sparrow) was spotted foraging on
fallen sunflower seeds underneath the bird table in my south Lancing
garden (TQ 186 044).
a half spring tide there was one actively feeding Bar-tailed
Godwit, on the edge and shallow water,
dipping its long beak repeatedly in the mud, with a small flock of Dunlins
and a handful of stationary Grey Plovers.
Report from Withy Patch
Patch stroud (TQ 193 057)
until I started pushing, then two Blue
Tits, two Great
Tits, four Long-tailed
Tits, a Goldcrest
and a couple of Robins
hopped out. Also a distant Great Spotted
Woodpecker calling calling but unfortunately
no Willow Tit, and
Barn Owl which
I had seen there before.
least 30 Pochards
swam on Brooklands Boating lake in the middle of the afternoon.
with bright red beaks
followed by a Ruddy Shelduck
ventured close in to the shore on a high spring tide just south of the
Old Shoreham Toll Bridge
and swam around poking their heads under water, presumably to tug at the
vegetation to eat.
the drainage ditches surrounding the sheep fields on the Adur
levels by the Waterworks (north of Old Shoreham) the water was covered
by ice at a thickness of 20 mm at midday. It was not clear if the frogs
had laid their spawn yet. The deeper slow running stream was clear of ice.
2:30 pm the dew point was minus 7.4°C, the humidity down to 40% but
the temperature which had been above freezing for most of the day had risen
to 5.4°C in a light breeze (Force 2) that chilled at 3.2°C.
a misty drizzly day the Ruddy Shelduck
sheltered in the lee of the island on Brookland's Boating Lake, with over
a couple of Moorhens
and a small flock of about a dozen Pochards
which could be seen reasonably close up (with 10 x 25 binoculars) with
their attractive maroon head (male only).
by the weighbridge just to the west of Withy Patch, Lancing, (TQ
193 057) I heard the call of the Willow
Tit, the call repeated four times in one
burst, distinctly, despite the hum of the traffic as dusk approached, before
all the other hidden birds burst into song.
of the Willow Tit (second call heard)
Tit call (can sound a bit like that of the Willow Tit)
north of the Old Shoreham Toll Bridge, every
30 metres or so there was a Chaffinch,
in the hedgerow next to the horse field, a frequently seen bird, but not
as readibly noticeable when there is greenery on the bushes.
the mist cleared there were a pair of Peregrine
Falcons circling over the Shoreham Harbour
Power Station chimney, one falcon going into the large nest box on the
southern side and the other bird right on top of the chimney.
by Peter Talbot-Elsden
was a ripple of activity on the pond in my back garden, in south Lancing
186 044) as I checked on it this morning.
A pair of mating
are resting on the surface among the weed near the edge of pond. They are
tending a freshly produced clump of spawn.
pond and spawn froze over night.
the tide rolled in covering up the sand on the beach by Widewater
Lagoon a small flock of Sanderlings
flew around and settled on the fine shingle nearer the water's edge and
wandered over the rock sea defences, its red
legs and white under tail feathers particularly
clear. Over the grass adjacent to the lagoon itself, a large brown Kestrel
by June Brown
A Mayfly larva from
my garden pond at x 60 magnification
by Katherine Hamblett
Hamblett (Lancing Nature)
Museum excavation has revealed (but not revealed to the public yet)
some interesting discoveries and volunteers are still needed for the dig
that finishes on 14 March 2003.
Valley Book List
Archaeological Society EGroup
of the Week.
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give off or discharge (waste matter etc.) through the skin; (of a plant)
give off (watery vapour) through the leaf stomata etc. Also, exhale (an
odour); breathe forth (vapour or fire). LME. b Physics. Cause (a
gas or liquid) to pass through the pores or walls of a vessel. Now rare.
M19. 2 v.i. a Of a body: emit vapour or perfume; give out an exhalation.
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or obs. M17. b Of a plant: give off watery vapour through the stomata of
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a term from epistemology meaning knowledge
or concepts which can be gained independently of all experience. It is
contrasted with a posteriori knowledge,
in which experience plays an essential role. Statements such as 'all bachelors
are unmarried' are known as analytic truths: the concept 'bachelor' and
the concept 'unmarried' are inter-definable. Analytic truths, then, provide
one form of a priori knowledge. For example, simply because of the
meaning of the concept 'bachelor', we know a priori that if John
is a bachelor, then John has no wife. On the other hand, knowledge of whether
John is a bachelor or not would be a posteriori because its
discovery requires some form of empirical investigation.
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knowledge. Empiricist philosophies, though, generally limit a priori
knowledge to that derivable from analytic truths. (See also nativism.)
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empirical(ly). Opp. A PRIORI. E17. 2 From behind; on the buttocks.
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deals with the varieties, grounds, and validity of knowledge.epistemological
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to epistemology: L19. epistemologist n. L19.
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practises medicine without scientific knowledge. L17-M19. 2 Derived from
or verifiable by experience, esp. sense-experience. M17.
1 J. BARNES A co-operative
farming venture left him with some empirical knowledge, but little understanding
of horticultural principle. M. H. ABRAMS By setting out from and terminating
in an appeal to the facts, any good aesthetic theory is, indeed, empirical
in method. 2 J. S. MILL An empirical lawis an observed uniformityresolvable
into simpler laws, but not yet resolved into them.
Special collocations: empirical
formula Chem.: giving the proportions of the various elements present in
a molecule, not the actual number of atoms or their arrangement. empirical
psychologist an exponent or adherent of empirical psychology.
empirically adv. M17.
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to, or affected with myopia; short-sighted, near-sighted. E19.
PRYCE-JONES She was very fair, with huge myopic blue eyes. M. WEST Eyes
scarcely visible behind thick myopic lenses. fig.: G. DURRELL They had
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1 J. B. WATSON The recapitulation
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from The Oxford Interactive Encyclopedia
by The Learning Company, Inc. Copyright (c) 1997 TLC Properties Inc.
all you gallant sailors
sail across the sea
listen to this story
about to tell to thee
those bold fishermen
sail the seas so wet
hunting for fish-fingers
a harpoon and a net
in the year of 64
was it 63?
we set sail from Brighton Pier
storms they was a-raging
the waves a dreadful sight
took us forty days, me boys
reach the Isle Of Wight
captain's name was Gladys
he wore a dress of red
might have been the reason
was not married
was the gay old sea dog
it was his favourite joy
take a stroll around the deck
the handsome cabin boy
hundred miles from Iceland
mighty shoal we spied
a-floating against the tide
set off in our longboats
then our luck we cursed
we were too late
chinese take-away got there first
slant-eyed heathens came at us
was a dreadful crew
giving it the old Kung-Fu
sang to them a sea shanty
they did not want to know
skipper felled our mizzen mast
one Karate blow
came back to old England
twelve months and a day
would have been much quicker, but
took the pretty way
more I'll go fish-fingering
the frozen arctic shore
year I'll hunt beef-burgers
the plains of Ilkey Moor
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Adur from the south-east end of the Footbridge
by Andy Horton
Saturday every month
8 March 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
Please send in any details of
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