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

     12 April 2001 (Maundy Thursday): Volume 3  Issue 10

Local News

12 April 2001
Food & Mouth Disease Restrictions
The towpath from Ricardo's to Cuckoo's Corner is still closed. This valuable route avoids crossing the main A27 Dual Carriageway and is not used by farm animals, even in the fields to the west separated by a drainage ditch/stream. Unfortunately, just about every other footpath over the Downs above Shoreham and in the Adur Valley is crossed by farm animal routes and/or has sheep or cattle in the adjacent fields. 
With the approach of Easter, residents and visitors are thinking about a walk on the downs in the still very muddy conditions. 
Widewater and Old Fort are alternatives. 
Mill Hill is still closed despite the absence of farm animals on this publicly-owned land. Deer can bridge the gap, very occasionally found on the Mill Hill Nature Reserve as well as in the arable fields, now inhabitated by farm animals. 
There has been no outbreaks of Food & Mouth Disease in Sussex. 

12 April 2001
The Shoreham Herald contains a collection of letters about Ropetackle, none of much interest, none of them containing more than elementary thinking. The one from John Stanley-Clamp is bordering on satire, but this is the most interesting one. The school essays on the subject undertaken by students at local schools at different levels contained more sparks of inspiration than these  tired responses. 
Ropetackle Plans
Shoreham Herald EForum

10 April 2001
A nationwide survey of hospitals found 40 hospitals failed the cleanliness tests. Southlands Hospital, Shoreham-by-Sea, was one hospital that was discovered to have poor hygiene standards. 

28 February 2001
Food & Mouth Disease Restrictions
The Food & Mouth Disease regulations have come into force to empower Local Authorities to close footpaths and rights of way. Notices have been put on in the Adur Valley, with good reason. The Police have made sure they are enforced and they have been complied with. 
MAFF Information Page
Public Rights of Way and Foot & Mouth Disease
WSCC Information
ESCC Information

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Wildlife Reports

at Adur Civic Centre 
Ham Road, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex.

Monday 4 June 2001 to 15 June 2001 weekdays.

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The first contact is:
Andy Horton
Tel:  01273 465433
I will need details of your exhibits, so the preferred method of the first communication is by EMail with full details.

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9 April 2001
I took Katherine (6) to Widewater Lagoon on a Bug Hunt, first find, 
clumps of Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) in flower on the sea wall. Doing well in the damper than usual soil.

The resident Mute Swans come over to investigate us as we look along 
the water margins for signs of aquatic life. They seem in a rather 
ambivalent mood so we don't let them get too close.

Thinking we might find some reptiles, we began to look under a carpet of cut hay on a sunny slope. Soon we sighted a Common Lizard as it darted out of reach. Katherine on lifting a patch of grass, with the agility and confidence of a born naturalist, reached in and plucked out a large Slow-worm (Anguis fragilis). "Wow" she says, repeatedly . 

Now charged with enthusiasm she is eager to discover more. We soon 
sight another Lizard in a nearby spot but fail to catch it. After more fruitless searching we give up and begin the return walk, she is now looking under every likely stone (and some unlikely ones). On reaching a largish piece of concrete rubble I carefully lift the heavy object and glance underneath. Two Lizards, suddenly exposed, made a dart for safety. I reach in and just manage to catch hold of one of them. This one is a good size but missing it's tail, the result of a near miss with a more dangerous predator, no doubt.

Main points

Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara).
Common Lizard (Zootoca vivipara) x 4
Slow Worm (Anguis fragilis) x 1

Report by Ray Hamblett
March 2001
The Glaucus journal has been sent out to members of the British Marine Life Study Society.

Lancing Nature & History - April Newsletter 
(with excellent photographs)
(Link to the web site by Ray Hamblett)

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    Words of the Week

    trek  | trek |  n. M19. [Afk., Du., f. as next.] 1 Travel by ox-wagon; a journey, esp. an organized migration or expedition, made in this way; a stage of such a journey. S. Afr. (chiefly Hist.). M19.  2 gen. A long and arduous journey or expedition, esp. one made on foot or by inconvenient means. L19.
    2 S. ELDRED-GRIGG Every time we wanted water it was a trek.
    Comb.: trek Boer S. Afr. Hist. (a)a Boer who moved his family and grazing stock from place to place; a nomadic grazier; (b)= VOORTREKKER; trekbok, pl. -bokke  | -k | , -bokken  | -kn | , S. Afr. an antelope, esp. a springbok, in a migrating herd; trek-cart a light cart used by boy scouts for transporting stores etc.; trek chain S. Afr. = TREK-TOW; trek farmer = trek Boer (a) above; trek fever S. Afr. wanderlust, an urge to be on the move; trek net S. Afr. = SEINE n.; trek netter S. Afr. a fisherman using a trek net; trek ox S. Afr. a draft ox; trek wagon S. Afr. a large covered wagon for long journeys.

    Easter  | ist |  n. [OE eastre, pl. eastron (also eastro, -a) = OFris. asteron, OHG ostarun (G Ostern pl.) app. f. Eostre Northumb. var. of Eastre, a goddess whose feast was celebrated at the vernal equinox, f. Gmc, cogn. w. Skt usra dawn. Cf. EAST.] 1 The most important of the Christian festivals, commemorating the resurrection of Christ and observed annually on the Sunday which follows the first full moon after the vernal equinox; colloq. Easter week or the weekend from Friday to Monday including Easter Sunday (see below). OE.   2 The Jewish passover. OE-E17.
    Comb.: Easter bunny (a representation of) a rabbit popularly said to bring gifts to children at Easter; Easter Day = Easter Sunday below; Easter-dues money payable at Easter to the incumbent of a parish by the parishioners; Easter egg: presented as a gift at Easter (orig. a hard-boiled egg brightly painted, now usu. a confectionery egg); Easter lily (chiefly N. Amer.) any of various spring-flowering lilies or similar plants; spec. a tall cultivated variety of Lilium longiflorum, a white-flowered lily native to Japan; Easter Monday the Monday after Easter Sunday; Easter-offering(s) orig. = Easter-dues above; now usu. the proceeds of the Easter Sunday collection; Easter Parade a parade or pageant held at Eastertime, esp. of people in new or striking clothes. Easter sitting(s) = Easter term (a) below; Easter Sunday: on which the festival of Easter is observed; Easter term (a)a term in the courts of law, formerly movable and occurring between Easter and Whitsuntide, but now fixed within a certain period; (b)in the older universities, a term formerly occurring between Easter and Whitsuntide and now included in the Trinity term; in some universities and schools, the term between Christmas and Easter; Eastertide the period from Easter Sunday until Pentecost (formerly until Ascension Day); Eastertime Easter Sunday and the following days up to Ascensiontide; Easter week: beginning with Easter Sunday.

    mnemonic  | nmnk, ni- |  a. & n. M18. [med.L mnemonicus f. Gk mnemonikos f. mnemon, mnemon- mindful, f. mna- base of mnasthai remember: see -IC.] A adj. 1 Intended or designed to aid the memory; of or pertaining to mnemonics. Also, (of a formula, code, etc.) easy to remember or understand. M18.  2 Of or pertaining to memory. E19.
    1 J. AUEL His drawing was no more than a mnemonic aid to remind them of a place they knew. Computing Equipment Mnemonic option coding (opposed to numeric menus), and on-screen help messages. 2 Gentleman's Magazine The mnemonic power of the late Professor Porson.
     B n. 1 A mnemonic device, formula, or code. M19. 2 = MNEMONICS. M19.mnemonical a. = MNEMONIC a. 1 M17. mnemonically adv. M19. mnemonician  | -n()n |  n. (rare) = MNEMONIST M19. mnemonize v.t. express by a mnemonic formula M19.

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

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  • Poem of the Week

    Lay of the Nine Herbs 

    Be mindful, Mugwort, what you revealed,
    What you established at the great proclamation
    Una you are called, oldest of herbs,
    you are strong against three and against thirty,
    you are strong against poison and against onfliers [flying venoms]
    you are strong against the foe who goes through the land.

    And you, Waybroad [Plantain], mother of herbs,
    open from the east, mighty within.
    Over you chariots creaked, over you queens rode,
    over you brides cried out, over you bulls snorted.
    All this you withstood, and confounded.
    So you withstand poison and flying venom,
    and the foe who goes through the land.

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