This is the first published
Electronic Newspaper for
Shoreham-by-Sea and the
Adur Valley & District, West Sussex, England
April 2003 : Volume 5 Issue
of tonnes of spoil is dumped on New Monks Farm, Lancing, and diggers
are rearranging the land.
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
spring day with a handful of Small White
and Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies
were in flight over Buckingham Park, Shoreham.
flew in quite low off the sea, this was just east of Widewater,
it circled round and round gaining height over the sea and beach, then
circled over towards the Adur estuary where what I think was a Sparrowhawk
sparred briefly with it, the Osprey then came back towards me circling
higher and higher, before embarking on one of those flapless, effortless
glides on slightly angled wings NNE into the wind, it gave only two flaps
before it vanished as a speck in the distance inland, in all I guess I
watched it for around 15 mins - absolutely splendid!
Eared Owl was seen twice in the early
evening over New Monks Farm, Lancing.
spotted by first white butterfly of the year, probably a Small
White Butterfly over the Hamm Road allotments
(Eastern Avenue) Shoreham.
seemed as though the Little Egret
flying over the Old Fort was following a small fishing boat up the River
Adur. Was it same one feeding in the stream next to the towpath by
Shoreham Airport? Spring seems to have finally
arrived. It looked like a couple of Swallows
diving rather low over the same unappealing stream. There was a local buff
coloured Meadow Pipit
with its dipping flight over the Sea Purslane
at low tide.
of Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies and
Bumblebees were around the fringes of
town and on the Coombes road and
a single Peacock Butterfly
settled on the cycle path by the Cement
Works. The yellow flowers by the roadside were Lesser
Celandine. There were hundreds of sheep
newly born lambs (with blue tags in
their ears) in the fields adjoining the road
especially near Church Farm, Coombes.
Butterfly was in in my south Lancing garden
pond (TQ 186
044) nectaring on Viburnum xbodnantense.
This is the earliest in the year that I have seen this species of butterfly.
Butterfly was seen near to Lancing Manor
Allotments at the foot of McIntyres field.
species was probably the Red-tailed
steady stream of orange-tailed bumblebees
observed flying eastwards over the shingle beach to the seaward edge of
Widewater Lagoon. Over a period of two hours, a bee must have passed every
30 seconds and I estimated the total numbers passing at about 136. Later
in the afternoon a smaller fly-pass occurred.
hatch out in my south Lancing garden pond (TQ
186 044) and a pair of Magpies,
from the Hawthorn
tree, pinched the turf from the pond's edge.
The Small-headed Clingfish is about 10 mm long
receded as far as I have known it uncovering all the rocks on Lancing
Beach. It was too dark to explore the exposed shore properly, but juvenile
Clingfishes (probable ident.) were
present under rocks, with hundreds
of crabs and a chiton,
full sized Acanthochitona crinita.
The chiton is 29 mm long and 20 mm at its widest part. The sea anemone
troglodytes was common and the Snakelocks
Anemone frequently seen.
were two pairs of Shelducks at
the eastern end of Widewater
bumblebee on the railway path near the Toll
Bridge, Old Shoreham, was striped
orange and black.
This was a queen (the orange pollen basket
indicates) of the Buff-tailed
terrestris, which is the commonest
species locally. The white (not buff) tail is usually very clear with this
species: its most distinguishing feature. (The White-tailed
Bombus locurum is similar
but smaller with a lemony coloured band.)
chirrupy calls of the Robin Redbreast were
noticeable north of the Toll Bridge, and a particularly colourful Chaffinch
singing from a tree on the short path from Botolphs to the River Adur (just
to the north of the South Downs Way bridge). To the north of the path it
appears to be recently (2001?)
neglected or set-aside land, notably better in wildlife than the adjacent
arable lands. Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies
seen near shelter in the valley, but only about six of these butterflies
were flying strongly and not settling.
Egret was the only bird in the first flood
plain field north of the Toll Bridge (field artificially seeded for cattle).
This field tends to be damp with deep drainage streams around the edge.
butterfly of the year was a Small
Tortoiseshell flying strongly over Gordon
Road, Shoreham town centre, on a sunny hazy day.
Of the birds calling during the day, the Collared
Gulls and Song
the loudest and most strident, joined by the melody of the Blue
Tit on the lower slopes of Mill Hill,
south of the by-pass.
is in this area that a group of three Small
Tortoiseshell Butterflies, were seen and photographed
and another three on Mill Hill near the reservoir.
The shade air temperature reached 13°
lapidarius, crawled out of the long grass just south of the reservoir.
There was a
small orange mite
on its abdomen. This species of bumblebee is the second commonest locally
throughout the year.
Common Species of Bumblebees (UK)
List of Bumblebees (NHM)
the sun set and full moon illuminated the early evening, there was an astonishing
amount of bird song in the scrubs from Withy Patch with birds communicating
over four lanes of the A27, and various bird calls were heard continuously
all the way down the path south of Toll
Bridge in the bushes by the old railway track, and again in the scrub
and small trees by the railway main line at the southern end of Raven's
Road, Shoreham. It appeared that most of the singing came from Blackbirds
and other thrushes.
beach near the Brooklands outfall pipe, three Turnstones
be approached quite closely before they flew off calling. Twenty Sanderlings
over the sand surface and there was a few Ringed
Plover as well. Alas the low tide
of 1.06 metres did not uncover as many rocks as known before, and the intertidal
fauna was exiguous, limited to a few common species including the Hairy
Crab and small sea anemones Sagartia
Anemone and a single Snakelocks
Anemone. There were numerous
on the mussel beds on the Brooklands pipe.
flock of about a dozen Jackdaws
perched on the Linde trees (Small-leaved Lime) in The Drive (near Buckingham
(TQ 219 063).
Admiral Butterfly, very large and perfect,
was hovering in the sun and five Small
Tortoiseshell Butterflies were seen in
my Lancing garden.
Butterflies Flight Times
first Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly
of the year visited my south Lancing garden in the sunshine with a gentle
north-east breeze. (TQ 186 044).
the mud flats south of Old Shoreham Toll
Bridge the low spring tide had receded a low
way so in the fading light it was difficult to identify some of the wading
birds through my low powered (10 x 25) binoculars. There were fifteen medium-sized
wading birds in the shallows on the water's edge. At least three were Redshanks
the red colour of their legs discerned as they trotted quickly over the
mud itself, but the other waders appeared to be a different species, with
black legs and bill and a dark head (possibly Godwits?). They were very
active wading in water up to their knees, probing very deeply into the
mud. They were probably all Redshanks, but it is unusual to see them on
Adur in small flocks - they are usual single, with perhaps a couple more
in close proximity. Much easier to recognise, were a pair of Shelducks,
just a solitary Dunlin,
three Mute Swans,
a couple of feeding Little Egrets
and a couple of Great Black-backed Gulls.
flock of about a dozen Jackdaws
foraged around the green mown grass of the Holmbush roundabout, north-east
were five ducks up-ending themselves to feed in Widewater
Lagoon (eastern end). Some 25% smaller than Mallards,
I have penned these in as Teals.
One of them was chased by an aggressive Black-headed
pair of Mandarin
Ducks were seen on Brooklands Boating
Lake this evening. This is a "naturalised" alien species from the Far East
(China and Japan) has escaped from captivity and breeds in south-east England.
3:30 pm a single Swallow
flew up the Adur then low across the Shoreham
Airport heading north west. A real early bird?
was in in my south Lancing garden in the rain, again. (TQ
186 044). This was a bright spark on a murky
overcast grey day.
& Found "Birds of Prey"
escaped Eagle with jesses
was seen over Cokeham Reed Beds, Sompting. It was mobbed by crows
and seen heading for the downs. This bird was
not a Harris
Hawk identified from Cissbury later in
is the largest and most impressive discovery from the Ropetackle archaeological
dig on Ropetackle undertaken by Archaeological South-east.
is a green-glazed ceramic aquamanile in the stylised shape of a ram,
manufactured in the Scarborough area in the late 13th century. He is about
30 cm from snout to tail and about 25 cm from the base of his front legs
to the top of his horn (only one survives).
two such complete examples are known from Sussex (from Seaford and
: both found in the 19th century). International discoveries of complete
ceramic aquamaniles are rare, because they are delicate and easily damaged.
from Simon Stevens (Chief Archaeologist, Archaeology
Argus Report 1 of Ropetackle Finds
Argus Report 2 of Ropetackle Finds
Valley Book List
Archaeological Society EGroup
of the Week.
| akwmnLli, -nili | n. L19. [Late L f. L aquaemanalis hand-basin,
f. aquae genit. sing. of aqua water + manale ewer.] A water vessel or ewer,
freq. in the form of an animal or bird.
| sLtj | n. M20. [Skt.] Indian Philos. Truth, truthfulness.
| sLtjrh | n. E20. [Skt satyagraha force born of truth, f. satya
truth + agraha pertinacity.] 1 Hist. A policy of passive resistance to
British rule in India formulated by M. K. Gandhi. E20. 2 gen. Any
policy of non-violent resistance. E20. satyagrahi n., pl. -is, same, [mod.Skt
satyagrahi] an exponent or practitioner of satyagraha E20. satyagrahist
n. = SATYAGRAHI M20.
| des | n. & v. ME. [OFr. ges nom. sing. & accus. pl. of
get (mod. jet cast) f. Proto-Romance var. of L jactus a throw, f. jacere
to throw.] A n. A short strap of leather, silk, or other material fastened
round each of the legs of a hawk used in falconry, usu. having a small
ring to which a leash may be attached. Usu. in pl. ME. B v.t. Put jesses
on (a hawk). M19.jessed | dest | a. (of a hawk) furnished with
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1 The spending of summer; summer residence. E17-M18. 2 Bot. The arrangement
of the parts of a flower inside its bud before opening. Cf. VERNATION 1.
E19. 3 Zool. The act of spending the summer in a state of torpor. Cf. HIBERNATION.
| akrldi | n. E20. [f. as ACARIASIS + -OLOGY.] The branch of science
that deals with mites and ticks. acarologist n. L19.
| frisi, frsi | n. E20. [Fr. phoresie, f. as prec.: see -Y3.] Zool.
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a parasite on it. phoretic
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de- DE- 3 + racine root: see -ATE3.] Tear up by the roots (lit. & fig.),
eradicate. deracination n. E19.
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f. Lakon: see prec., -IC.] A adj. 1 Of or pertaining to Laconia (see prec.)
or its inhabitants; Lacedaemonian, Spartan. Now rare. M16. 2 Using
few words, concise, terse, (the Spartans being known for their terse speech).
L16. B n. 1 A laconic speaker. Only in 17. 2 Laconic or concise speech;
in pl., brief or concise sentences. rare. E18.laconically adv. E17. laconicism
| lknszm | n. (a)brevity in speech or writing; (b)a short pithy sentence:
| sblet | v. M17. [L sibilat- pa. ppl stem of sibilare:
see prec., -ATE3.] 1 v.i. Hiss; make a hissing sound. M17. 2 v.t.
a Pronounce or utter with a hissing sound. M19. b Hiss at (a person), esp.
as a sign of disapproval. M19.sibilation n. (a)the action or an act of
sibilating, esp. as a sign of disapproval; (b)a hissing or whistling sound:
L15. sibilator n. (rare) a person who hisses or whistles LME. sibilatory
a. characterized, accompanied, or expressed by hissing M19.
| dafk | a. L19. [f. Gk edaphos floor + -IC.] Biol. Of the
soil; produced or influenced by the soil. edaphically adv. M20
| meznin | n. & a. E18. [Fr. f. It. mezzanino dim. of
middle, medium, f. L medianus MEDIAN.] A n. 1 A low storey between two
others in a building, usu. between the ground floor and the floor above.
E18. b Theatr. A floor beneath the stage, from which the traps are worked.
M19. c The lowest gallery in a theatre or cinema; a dress circle. N. Amer.
E20. 2 A small window at the level of a mezzanine or attic. M18.
1c New Yorker I was in a
movie house, fairly plush, in a sort of mezzanine, or balcony.
B adj. 1 Designating
an intermediate floor, storey, etc. M19. 2 Comm. Designating unsecured,
higher-yielding loans that are subordinate to bank loans and secured loans
but rank above equity. L20.
2 Observer Before1983, potential
raiders looked to venture capitaliststo provide mezzanine finance.
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Zool. Of or pertaining to the tarsus of the ankle or foot. E19. 2
Anat. Of or pertaining to the tarsi of the eyelids. M19. B n. A tarsal
bone, joint, etc. L19.
| klpt()r | n.pl. Rarely in sing. -ron | -rn | . M18. [mod.L,
f. Gk koleopteros sheath-winged, f. koleos sheath + pteron wing: see -A3.]
(Members of) a large order of insects having the front wings modified as
hard wing-cases, and comprising the beetles (including weevils).coleopteran
n. & a. (a member) of the order Coleoptera M19. coleopterist
n. a person who studies beetles M19. coleopteroid a. resembling or akin
to a member of the order Coleoptera L19. coleopterous a. belonging or pertaining
to the order Coleoptera L18.
strange old house which had been lived in by an eccentric Englishman who
collected everything...the house was like a museum. Dark ....and very spooky!!
In one room these words were written in relief around the four walls:
man is like a dial,
being set right by the sun keepeth his true course in his compass.
measureth time and tempereth nature,
employeth reason and commandeth sense and envieth none.
(KEY) , 1551?–c.1623, English author, a prolific and versatile writer of
verse and prose. His best work, written in a lyrical and pastoral vein,
appeared in The Arbor of Amorous Devices (1597), England’s Helicon (1600),
and The Passionate Shepherd (1604). 1
his poems (ed. with biography by J. Robertson, 1952); A Mad World My
Masters and Other Prose Works (ed. by U. Kentish-Wright, 1929).
Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001.
Movies Web Page
& Poets Smart Group
north of The Street
AONB land is not included in the
Downs National Park boundaries
by Andy Horton
Saturday every month
14 April 2003
10 May 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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