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

     1 September  2000 : Volume 2  Issue 32

Local News
2/3 September 2000

at Shoreham Airport

2 August 2000
The Adur Valley eForum covering all aspects of life in the Adur Valley commences. You can join by spending a few minutes on the following site, and then you can post messages on almost anything about life in Shoreham-by-sea and the Adur Valley, including, Lancing, Sompting, Southwick, Steyning and the smaller villages in the valley. 



is to click on the link to the

logo, and register as a new member. Allow 10 minutes on-line, but the process should be much quicker. 

Then you can go to the Adur Valley page and  register to join.

The following choices will have to be made:

1)  Receive mail in a daily bulletin.

2)  Receive each EMail individually (this may result in too many EMails)

3)  Choose not to receive EMails, which means you can visit the web page to choose what subjects look interesting. You can, also, just receive a list of the subjects in a daily digest.
If the latter applies, you will have to click on the menu item Messages

4) It is also possible just to receive a daily digest of the subject headings.

These choices can be altered at a later date. They can also be altered by me, (except for 4) if you cannot work out how to do it. 

Please send any comments to: Andy Horton

  • Wildlife Reports
    31 August 2000
    Blackberry Picking Time
    Mill Hill has scrub and trees to the north of the grasslands giving a variety of habitats in a small area. Nothing like the woodland on Lancing Clump, but enough to support a Speckled Wood Butterfly. Emperor Dragonflies are really a large impressive insect hawking the Waterworks Road.

    Long-legged Spider Crab (Photograph by Andy Horton)30/31 August 2000
    On some of the lowest tides of the year, Kingston Beach was full of marine life, although nothing exceptional. Long-legged Spider Crabs were common and the intertidal fish included Rock Gobies, Common Gobies, Bullheads, Blennies, Corkwing Wrasse (juv.), Butterfish, Ballan Wrasse (juv.), 5-Bearded Rockling and an Eel (in order of prevalence). 
    Full Species List

    27 August 2000
    The 1987 Great Storm denuded so many of the trees in Buckingham Park, Shoreham, that the habitat for woodland life has still shown no signs of recovery and it is not likely to because there are no new trees being planted. The most numerous butterflies were the frequent Red Admirals. One  butterfly seemed inclined to return to the same area, on the grass path between the large beds of nettles, after being disturbed. There must be quite a few smaller insects because 4 Emperor Dragonflies were on patrol. 
    However, a few trees have been planted on the virtually impassable narrow Beech & Sycamore trail along the southern edge of the A27 by-pass from the top of The Drive, Shoreham, to Slonk Hill Farm Bridge, where the Speckled Wood Butterfly was the first record in the Shoreham boundaries on these web pages. 

    24 August 2000
    Under the dark Beech canopy of Lancing Clump, Speckled Wood Butterflies (pic), fluttered around in pairs and landed and opened the wings only too briefly on brambles, ivy and other greenery. There were dozens of them and it was hard to estimate their numbers because they were well camouflaged when resting with their wings closed. They were present on the more open paths as well. 
    An Emperor Dragonfly hawked to a from over the Dew Pond on Lancing Clump. 

    Report by Andy Horton
    Friends of Lancing Ring
    Ray Hamblett's Lancing Chalk Pit page

    Painted Lady (Photograph by Ray Hamblett)23 August 2000
    A Painted Lady Butterfly settles on a Common Fleabane (yellow flower)  adjacent to Widewater Lagoon. The lagoon had evaporated considerably in the scorching sun of August. This is the first report of this butterfly on this page, but they have been previously ranked as probables (too often they turn out to be Small Tortoiseshells) on the Downs. Clouded Yellow Butterflies fluttered around everywhere and are too numerous to rate a mention now. They rarely settle and open up their wings.

    Report by Ray Hamblett
    Ray Hamblett's Widewater page (with photographs)
    Widewater Lagoon Information Page (link)

    Wildlife Records on the Adur eForum (you have to join)

    Wildlife Web Sites

    Dept. of Trade of Trade & Industry:  Environment
    Sites of Special Scientific Interest

    Sites of Special Scientific Interest: Protection from development

    The Lancing Wildlife page has got a Picture Index.


    Comments welcome
    Ray Hamblett

    UK Wildlife eGroups Forum

    British Naturalists' Association (link)

    Find the Sites of Special Scientific Interest using this link:
    Friends of the Earth SSSI Navigator


    Words of the Week

    sac  | sak |  n.1 [OE saca accus. & genit. pl. of sacu SAKE n.1] Hist. A right of local jurisdiction; spec. in sac and soc, in pre-Conquest England, the rights of jurisdiction included in the grant of a manor by the crown.

    sac  | sak |  n.2 M18. [Fr., or mod.L use of L saccus: see SACK n.1] 1 Biol. A natural baglike cavity in an organism; the membrane or other structure enclosing this. M18.  2 Med. A pouch formed by the pathological dilatation or protrusion of a part; the membranous envelope of a hernia, cyst, tumour, etc. E19. 3 A bag. rare. E19.
    1 EMBRYO sac. pollen-sac: see POLLEN n.
    Comb.: sacbrood a fatal disease of honeybee larvae, caused by an RNA virus; sac-winged bat a tropical American bat belonging to any of several genera of the family Emballonuridae, distinguished by a pouchlike scent gland in the wing membrane of the males; esp. Saccopteryx bilineata.
    saclike a. M19.

    tunicate  | tjunket |  a. & n. M18. [L tunicat- pa. ppl stem of tunicare clothe with a tunic, f. tunica TUNIC: see -ATE1.] A adj. Having or enclosed in a tunic or covering; Bot. (of a bulb etc.) consisting of a series of concentric layers. Also spec. in Zool., of, pertaining to, or characteristic of tunicates. M18. B n. Zool. Any of a group of marine animals, once regarded as molluscs but now classified as chordates in the subphylum Urochordata (or Tunicata), comprising the sea squirts or ascidians and related pelagic and sessile forms characterized by a pouchlike body with a tough leathery or rubbery outer coat, having a single or double aperture through which the water enters and leaves a central pharynx. M19.

    alacrity  | lakrti |  n. LME. [L alacritas, f. alacr-, alacer brisk: see -ITY.] Briskness, cheerful readiness, liveliness.alacritous a. (rare) brisk, lively, active L19. alacritously adv. (rare) L19.
    Excerpted from The Oxford Interactive Encyclopedia
    Developed by The Learning Company, Inc. Copyright (c) 1997 TLC Properties Inc. 

    Computer Tips

    The upsurge of EFora on all subjects (a few have been recommended before in these bulletins) are an important way in which the Internet will change the world. 
    A list of recommended eFora will appear soon. Please make any suggestions. 

    Smart Groups Forums

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  • Poem of the Week

    As easy it was to tell black from white,
    It was all that easy to tell wrong from right.
    And our choices were few and the thought never hit
    That the one road we traveled would ever shatter and split.

    How many a year has passed and gone,
    And many a gamble has been lost and won,
    And many a road taken by many a friend,
    And each one I've never seen again.

    I wish, I wish, I wish in vain,
    That we could sit simply in that room again.
    Ten thousand dollars at the drop of a hat,
    I'd give it all gladly if our lives could be like that.

    Extract from Bob Dylan's Dream 
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  •  Historical Snippets



    During World War II, Shoreham Airport was the base for patrol aircraft Lysanders and later as home base for Hurricanes A pair of Beaufighters1 of the Fighter Interception Unit were based at Shoreham Airport in 1940. In 1942 the Lysanders were replaced by Defiants2 and in 1943 these were replaced by Spitfire II's. Amphibious Walrus aircraft also took off from Shoreham to rescue pilots downed in the English Channel. In 1944 Sea Otter aircraft were also used. The Free French 345 Squadron in Spitfire Vb's and IX's flew on sorties out of Shoreham from 1944. As D-Day approached both the harbour and airport were a constant flurry of activity. The main activities were Air Sea Rescue operations. After the War, the introduction of jet aircraft brought about the end of Shoreham as a passenger flight airfield.

    1 Night fighters introduced in 1940. The two-seat aircraft with pilot and navigator could operate the radar in the aircraft for locating enemy bombers.
    2Originally fighter planes, they were already outmatched by Me109s at the beginning of WWII.

    Brief History of Shoreham-by-Sea

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