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

  10 October  2000 : Volume 2  Issue 36

Local News

5 October 2000
At the Friends of Shoreham Toll Bridge meeting, West Sussex County Council pledged £100,000 towards an estimated cost of £500,000 to repair the bridge. As they are the Highways agency, I do not see why they should not fork out the whole cost of the repairs. It is certainly a more important highway for cycles, pedestrians and horses than many of the lightly used roads, cul de sacs etc. 

Comments on the Adur eForum please. 

The number 2 bus service from Shoreham to Brighton all around the houses is planned to be cut at the weekend evenings. This service has been running for as long as I can remember, over 40 years.

For the Friends of Lancing Ring Coffee Morning see below (or click on this text)


Please send any comments to: Andy Horton


  • Wildlife Reports
    7 October 2000
    The Pied Wagtails are back in their normal winter numbers, bathing in the steady rain. 
    The post-equinoctial neap tides only vary between 4.0 metres and 1.9 metres (springs can vary from 6.7 metres to zero above Chart Datum).

    5 October 2000
    A sunny day with the occasional brief shower, and the Clouded Yellow Butterflies were still around. I saw one on Shoreham beach and one at Lancing where I first discovered one this year

    A Little Egret was feeding in the cockle lagoon (to the west of the bridge), part of Widewater Lagoon. It was possibly feeding on 3-spined Sticklebacks, dipping its head into the water several times a minute. Shoals of these small fish can be seen from the small bridge. I had not seen a Little Egret on the River Adur (estuary) this year, but the young Bass shoals were not as numerous as in the special year 1999. The first few Goldfinches and Greenfinches returned to the fringes of Widewater Lagoon. Black-backed Gulls began to roost on the Adur mudflats and congregated on the tops of warehouses, with 50+ near the houseboats with a solitary Heron and a handful of Cormorants

    2 October 2000
    An adult Butterfish was caught amongst the small prawns and an adult Bullhead under the groyne at mid-tide level on Kingston Beach. At least one Shore Crab was infected with the parasitic barnacle Sacculina carcini.
    At least 30 Crows foraged on the shingle as the tide came in. A mixture of gulls, including at least one mature Herring Gull stood and foraged on the small portions of remaining sand. 

    Revised Entry (from Adur Bulletin 43):

    22 & 24 September 2000
    In light rain and low cloud on both days, in a moderate southerly breeze occasionally gusting to near gale, I came so close (2 metres) to low flying female 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 first near collision occurred on the cycle path by Widewater Lagoon (TQ 196040) and the second one just north of Shoreham railway station (TQ 218053). The blunt dark-brown forehead of this bird was particularly noticeable and it looks a much bigger bird close-up. 
    The identity as a Sparrowhawk was confirmed by other reports from Gordon Road (thanks to Paul from the Post Office), near Shoreham Railway Station, and from Larkfield Paddocks, a half-mile from Widewater. The original report identified the bird as a Kestrel.

    Sussex Bird Records

    Encyclopaedia of Fungi of Britain & Europe
    by Michael Jordan (is available at Sussex Stationers at £8)
    See messages on the Adur Valley eForum


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

    Wildlife Web Sites

    Butterflies & Moths eForum

    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

    gunwale  | Ln()l |  n. Also gunnel, gunwhale. LME. [f. GUN n. + WALE n.1, having formerly been used to support guns.] The upper edge of a ship's side; in large wooden vessels, the uppermost planking covering the timber-heads.
    M. RULE I held on to my mask, sat on the gunwale and fell backwards into the sea. P. SCOTT She has riddenlow, laden heavily to the gunwales. gunwale to, gunwale under level with, below, the surface of the water.

    meristic  | mrstk |  a. L19. [f. Gk meris (also meros) part + -ISTIC.] Biol. Of or relating to the presence or number of similar units, parts, or segments making up a structure.meristically adv. L19.

    ocellated  | sletd |  a. E18. [f. L ocellatus, f. OCELLUS: see -ATE2, -ED1.] Zool. & Bot. 1 Marked with an ocellus or ocelli; having spots resembling eyes. E18.  2 Forming an ocellus; (of a small round marking) surrounded by a ring of a different colour. E19.
    1 ocellated turkey: see TURKEY n.2
    Also ocellate a. M19.

    parlance  | pl()ns |  n. L16. [OFr., f. parler speak f. Proto-Romance f. L parabola PARABLE n.: see -ANCE.] 1 Speaking, speech; esp. debate, parley. arch. L16.  2 A particular way of speaking, esp. as regards vocabulary, idiom, etc. Usu. w. specifying wd. L18.
    2 D. CARNEGIE In the parlance of newspaper men, I had a scoop. N. F. DIXON In Freudian parlance the company man might be described as having a weak ego. academic parlance, common parlance, legal parlance, vulgar parlance, etc.

    skerry  | skeri |  n.2 E17. [Orkney dial., f. ON sker (whence Gael. sgeir). Cf. SCAR n.1] A reef or rocky island covered by the sea at high tide or in stormy weather. Freq. in place-names.

    skerry  | skeri |  a. & n.3 L18. [Origin unkn.] A adj. Of the nature of shale; shaly, slaty. L18. B n. Shaly earth or stone. M19.

    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. 

    Marine Life eFora (Link)

    Smart Groups Forums

  • Star:  Latest Virus Information 

  • Poem of the Week

    Midnight Special                                       Huddie Ledbetter

    Yonder comes Miss Rosie, how in the world do you know,
    I can tell her by her apron and the dress that she wore,
    Umbrella on her shoulder, a piece of paper in her hand,
    I heard her tell the captain turn loose my man.

    Chorus: Let the midnight special shine it's light me,
            Oh, let the midnight special shine it's everlasting light on me.

    When you get up in the morning when that big bell rings,
    You go marching to the table, you see the same old thing,
    Knife and fork are on the table, ain't nothin in my pan,
    And you say a word about it you get in trouble with the man.


    If you ever go to Houston, boy, you'd better walk right,
    And you better not gamble, and you better not fight,
    'Cuz Benson Crocker will arrest you and Jimmy Boone will take you down,
    And you bet your bottom dollar that your Sugarland bound.


    Well, jumpin' little Judy, she was a mighty fine gal,
    She brought jumpin' to the whole round world,
    Well, she brought it in the morning just awhile before day,

  •  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

    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. 


  • Historical Snippets

    Celtic (British) Agriculture before the Romans

    See also Sussex Downs by Peter Brandon (which was not available when these notes were written.)

    These notes were compiled on the hypothesis/premise that the arrival of the Celts brought about the beginning of the large alterations in the landscape of Sussex as they used the land for agriculture, and their iron tools and increasing population actually moulded the landscape extensively before the 20th century. 
    (Rackham gives figures for woodland as a percentage of the total land area, 30% at the end of Roman times, 15% by the Domesday Survey in 1086 and about 5% by 1895.)
    The Belgae (1 BC) introduced a heavy plough known as the "ard". It was an iron plough that dug furrows rather than tilled the soil.
    Terraced Lychetts: This term is used, especially in Brandon's book, about the characteristic small fields, as a size of about an acre could be ploughed in one day, and on slopes with the constant ploughing an embankment would build up around the edges of each field. 
    Animal Husbandry:  Cattle = Celtic Shorthorn, Sheep = a species similar to the Soay, Pigs = nearer to the Wild Boar, like a Philodendron (lover of trees).
    Wildlife not present today (Sussex):  Sea Eagle, Raven, Wild Ox, Beaver, Wild Boar.
    Others possible:  Brown Bear, Wolf. 

    Brief History of Shoreham-by-Sea


  • Events

    14 October 2000 
    Coffee Morning hosted by the
    Friends Of Lancing Ring
    It will be held at the parish hall of The Holy Family Catholic Church in
    North Road, Lancing on 14th of October from 10 am to 12.00 noon.

    The event will feature bring and buy tables and a raffle. It is an
    opportunity to talk to the friends about the care of our local wildlife
    I hope to be there with a display of Photographs taken at Lancing Ring over
    the last year.                                                          Ray Hamblett.

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