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Shoreham-by-Sea and District, West Sussex, England

     24 September  2000 : Volume 2  Issue 34

Local News

Adur Quality of Life: Our Shared Vision
The Adur Strategy for Sustained Development

This document is being prepared to go before the Committee for circulation in draft form for contributors comments to be received 
circa 10 October 2000.
Contact:  Natalie Brahma-Pearl, Adur DC.  Tel:  01273 263347

23 September 2000
Brighton & Hove Local Plan 2000
The First Deposit Draft has been published. 
This is a large document with colour maps.

Future of Shoreham Port

David Vaughan (I am sure of his first name) spoke about Port of Shoreham at the Southwick Royal Legion on 19 September 2000.

The following items arose, which have not been all confirmed before:

1) The plan involves consolidation of the Port (removing the wharfage space by over 50%) which in common English means making the Port smaller with less business, jobs, and less port traffic, (although if homes and small businesses are built the actual total volume of road traffic will increase). Timber vessels can be unloaded much quicker nowadays to a faster turnaround.
2) The plan involves the reclamation of Southwick beach for warehousing space, effectively, and probably actually totally removing this amenity from public use.
3) The harbour has lost trade to other ports who are able to provide better facilities, e.g. Cocoa, and to road hauliers e.g. Wine (now shipped bottled.)
4) The existing inadequate roads not effect the running of the port, and they will only be improved e.g. a tunnel, to lessen the impact on local residents.
5) There will be another Moss pretty pictures presentation next summer.

Comments and further information are on the 
(you have to join the group, and think of a password)

Latest:Halcrow Group Ltd are in the process of undertaking the Environmental Assessment of the contaminated land on the south side of Shoreham Harbour canal and they will be presenting an Exhibition in October 2000.

Please send any comments to: Andy Horton

  • Wildlife Reports

    The lizard originally identified as the European Wall Lizard, Podarcis muralis, which poked its head out of flint wall in which a sprig of Bittersweet was growing, on the Old Fort, Shoreham Beach is almost certainly an adult Common (or  Viviparous) Lizard, Zootoca vivipara
    Postscript:  these lizards have now been definitely identified as the Wall Lizard, Podarcis muralis. Local Lizard Comparison Photographs

    23 September 2000
    Humming Bird Hawk-Moth, Macroglossum stellatarum.
    Another one of these attractive moths was seen in Dave Mason's front garden just north of Shoreham railway station.

    22 & 24 September 2000
    In light rain on both days I came so close to low flying Sparrowhawks whilst cycling, I thought we going to collide, but this bird of prey's superior eyesight enabled to soar quickly out of the way. The blunt forehead of this bird was particularly noticeable and it looks a much bigger bird close-up. 

    15 September 2000
    The rain has finally arrived, with squalls throughout the afternoon, and thunder with torrential rain in the evening. Chris Alcott spotted a waterspout/ tornado off the Shoreham coast. Small tornadoes are commoner than realised off the Sussex coast in the autumn. 
    National Floodline, Tel: 0845 988 1188

    14 September 2000
    A clump of Ivy on the riverside of the old railway track path south of the Toll Bridge on the east side of the River Adur at Shoreham was covered with Red Admiral Butterflies, well we counted 20 in a 2 metre square area. The most I've seen in one place this year. TQ 211 054, is about the spot, We also saw one Comma Butterfly, (it's markings were of generation 1) and 1 Clouded Yellow.

    Report by Ray Hamblett
    By the late afternoon the Red Admirals had restlessly settled on the large Ivy Bush in the same numbers and they were joined by a handful of Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies. This Ivy Bush was also attractive to honey bees, bubble-bees and wasps. 
    Butterfly Conservation Society
    UK-Leps eForum (Lepidoptera)

    12 September 2000

    Photograph  by Andy Horton

    The unidentified Dragonfly of the last Adur Torpedo has been tentatively identified as the Common Darter (frequent 15+) Sympetrum striolatum

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

    WILDLIFE FEATURE                                                   by Andy Horton


    CocklesLagoon CockleCommon CocklePrickly Cockle

    Cockles from around the British Isles.

    Top: the small specimen is the Lagoon Cockle, Cerastoderma glaucum.
    This cockle can be found in Widewater Lagoon.

    Middle: the Common Cockle, Cerastoderma edule.

    Bottom: the Prickly Cockle, Acanthocardia echinata.

    Wildlife Web Sites

    Butterfly Conservation Society

    Look for the butterfly photographic competition.

    UK Wildlife eGroups Forum

    Marine Life eFora (Link)
    UK-Leps eForum (Lepidoptera)

    British Naturalists' Association (link)

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


    Words of the Week

    gibbous  | bs |  a. LME. [Late L gibbosus, f. L gibbus hump: see -OUS.] 1 Convex, rounded, protuberant. LME. b Astron. Of the moon or a planet: having the visible disc more than half but less than fully illuminated. L17. c Bot. Very convex or bulging, esp. of solid convexities. M19. 2 Of a person or an animal: hunch-backed; having a hump. Of a part of the body: hump-shaped. LME. 
    1b A. S. BYATT Hethrough the window saw the irregular lump of a gibbous moon. 
    gibbously adv. M19. gibbousness n. (rare) L17. 

    antagonist  | anta()nst |  n. & a. L16. [Fr. antagoniste or late L antagonista (Jerome) f. Gk antagonistes, f. as next: see -IST.] A n. 1 An opponent, an adversary; an opposing force. L16.  2 Physiol. A muscle whose action counteracts that of another. Cf. AGONIST 3. L17. 3 Biochem. A substance or organism which interferes with or inhibits the action of another. Cf. AGONIST 4. L19.
    1 E. GLASGOW Some have said that Nature is the antagonist of happiness. C. V. WEDGWOOD The outbreak of the second war convinced the King's more ruthless antagonists that no peace could be made while he lived.
     B attrib. or as adj. = ANTAGONISTIC. Now rare. L17.
    MILTON None daring to appear antagonist. COLERIDGE Antagonist forces are necessarily of the same kind.
    antagonistic a. actively opposed, of the nature of an antagonist M17. antagonistical a. (rare) = ANTAGONISTIC E17. antagonistically adv. E17.

    Cimmerian  | smrn |  n. & a. L16. [f. L Cimmerius (f. Gk Kimmerios) + -AN.] A n. 1 A member of a people fabled to live in perpetual darkness. L16. 2 A member of a nomadic people of antiquity, the earliest known inhabitants of the Crimea, who overran Asia Minor in the 7th cent. BC. L18. B adj. 1 Of or pertaining to the legendary Cimmerians; (of darkness, night, etc.) thick, gloomy. L16. 2 Of or pertaining to the nomadic Cimmerians. M19. 

    Excerpted from The Oxford Interactive Encyclopedia
    Developed by The Learning Company, Inc. Copyright (c) 1997 TLC Properties Inc. 


    in Greek mythology,  the river that flowed around the Earth (conceived as flat). Beyond it, to the west, were the sunless land of the Cimmerii, the country of dreams, and the entrance to the underworld. In Hesiod's Theogony, Oceanus was the son of Uranus (Heaven) and Gaea (Earth), the husband of the Titan Tethys, and father of 3,000 stream spirits and 3,000 ocean nymphs. In Homer's works he was the origin of the gods. As a common noun the word received almost the modern sense of ocean.

    Excerpted from 1996 Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.

    Computer Tips

    Under Microsoft Internet Explorer 5,
    go to Internet Options/Advanced/Underline Links and click on the Hover option. Then, links will only be underlined when the cursor moves over them. This makes the web pages look tidier. Many link-heavy sites (like mine) are designed with this option in mind.

    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. 

    Marine Life eFora (Link)
    UK-Leps eForum (Lepidoptera)

    Smart Groups Forums

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  • Poem of the Week
     Anonymous (later version of Mother Goose rhyme)

  Who killed Cock Robin?
    "I," said the Sparrow,
    "With my bow and arrow,
  I killed Cock Robin."
  Who saw him die?
    "I," said the Fly,
    "With my little eye,
  I saw him die."
  Who caught his blood?
    "I," said the Fish,
    "With my little dish,
  I caught his blood."
  Who'll make his shroud?
    "I," said the Beetle,
    "With my thread and needle,
  I'll make his shroud."
  Who'll dig his grave?
    "I," said the Owl,
    "With my spade and trowel,
  I'll dig his grave."
  Who'll be the parson?
    "I," said the Rook,
    "With my little book.
  I'll be the parson."
  Who'll be the clerk?
    "I," said the Lark,
    "I'll say Amen in the dark;
  I'll be the clerk."
  Who'll be chief mourner?
    "I," said the Dove,
    "I mourn for my love;
  I'll be chief mourner."
  Who'll bear the torch?
    "I," said the Linnet,
    "I'll come in a minute,
  I'll bear the torch."
  Who'll sing his dirge?
    "I," said the thrush,
    "As I sing in the bush
  I'll sing his dirge."
  Who'll bear the pall?
    "We," said the Wren,
    "Both the cock and the hen;
  We'll bear the pall."
  Who'll carry his coffin?
    "I," said the Kite,
    "If it be in the night,
  I'll carry his coffin."
  Who'll toll the bell?
    "I," said the Bull,
    "Because I can pull,
  I'll toll the bell."
  All the birds of the air
    Fell to sighing and sobbing
  When they heard the bell toll
  For poor Cock Robin.

  To all it concerns,
     This notice apprises,
   The Sparrow's for trial,

  •      At next bird assizes.
    • Submitted by Ray Hamblett 

    •  Sussex Web Sites 



      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

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

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      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. 

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