This is the first published
Electronic Newspaper for
Shoreham-by-Sea and the
Adur Valley & District, West Sussex, England
1 June 2001: Volume 3 Issue 18
World Oceans Day
Races from midday
WORLD OCEANS DAY
June 1992, the UK Prime Minister and over 150 other Heads of States signed
the Convention on Biological Diversity at Rio de Janeiro. They did so to
express a shared belief that action must be taken to halt the worldwide
loss of animal and plant species and genetic resources.
part of this, World Oceans Day was first declared as 8th June at the Earth
Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.
Oceans Day offers the opportunity for people in many parts of Britain and
around the world to increase their under-standing of the marine environment
and wildlife of the oceans.
harbour town of New Shoreham dates back to Norman times when they built
the church of St. Mary de Haura that still dominates the town. The town
street pattern is still the same as the medieval layout that served the
quays and wharves of the harbour at that time.
World Oceans Day 2001 will be held on Coronation Green, west of Sussex
Yacht Club and next to the footbridge that connects the High Street with
Shoreham Beach. On 2 June 2001, there will be a low neap tide
midday, and the Adur will be a narrow rivulet cutting through the mudflats,
until later in the day the flood tide comes in, just as the tide as ebbed
and flowed over the centuries.
1782 map named it Legal Quay, but the harbour has now moved east with the
changing harbour entrance, and Coronation Green is now a recreation area
with views over the estuary.
Festival events will begin at about 10 o'clock in the morning, with music
events in nearby East Street and art displays in the Tarmount Studios,
which are within walking distance. St. Mary's churchyard will also host
festival events. The World Day displays will start around this time, although
the lobsters and small sharks will not arrive until about one hour later.
year is the 350th anniversary of the escape of King Charles II from Shoreham.
On 15 October 1651, the King was smuggled across to France in a coal brig
"Surprise" that left on the flood tide, three days before the full
moon on that Wednesday morning.
Maritime Museum will be open on the day and for small entrance fee
you can see the display to mark this historical event, as well as many
other interesting historical displays, including Cretaceous fossils, a
man-trap for catching poachers, maritime paintings, household implements
from the past, all in a medieval building from the 14th century.
Adur Festival programme has been delivered to Adur residents and is available
at the Civic Centre with lots of exciting events, including World Oceans
Day, Glastonwick, Beach Dreams, Escape of King Charles II, Marlipins Museum
Exhibitions, Music Workshops and Performances including Richard Durant,
John Renbourne, The Hofners, Harry Strutters, as well as Adult Education,
Art Exhibitions and Talks, Special Religious Services, Comedies and
Downs National Park : Proposed Area
on the URL for the complete map
footpaths to Lancing
Ring are now open.
Sussex County Council announce most paths are now open, unless they are
inhabited or used by farm livestock, or farm animals are nearby.
path from Old Shoreham is officially
Most Public Paths
Unless a path displays this notice (red with white writing):
are welcome to use any public path if you:
on the path and leave gates exactly as you find them.
red "no entry" notices.
go near sheep, cows, goats, pigs, or deer.
go into any field if you canít easily avoid those animals.
you do come across them walk slowly away, retracing your steps if necessary.
leave waste food or litter anywhere and donít feed ANY animal.
dogs on short leads at all times and off all land where livestock are present.
disinfectant where provided.
your boots after each walk.
send any comments to: Andy Horton
landed in my Lancing garden.
pair of Mute Swans with five furry cygnets were in Shoreham
Harbour, in the canal section east of the lock gates, together with
thousands of Moon Jellyfish.
lives around the large beach houses near Old Fort, Shoreham
Beach has the mange. Apparently this can be treated with drugged food
and a kit is provided by Fox Watch.
Hill was covered by vast expanses of yellow on the green grasses,
of Bulbous Buttercups
Foot Trefoil, with Daises
and patches of blue with the Chalk Milkwort
Speedwell, Veronica sp. amongst
the short grass, as well as small seemingly stunted versions of orchids.
few restless brown butterflies danced in
the light breeze. At least some of the larger ones were Wall
Browns, distinctive because of the black-ringed white eye-spot on the
opened highly patterned wings (different from a Tortoiseshell). There were
smaller brownish butterflies, they were restless and almost certainly a Small
Heath Butterfly (TQ 212 071). These butterflies were probably seen
last year in August but in that month they are easy to misidentify when
the similar Meadow Browns are around. The food plant of the caterpillars
of the Small Heath are various grasses.
Skipper Butterfly was exceptionally attractive
when it landed on a buttercup (TQ 212 072).
town especially near the allotments and
on the beach, scores of Small White Butterflies
fluttered as expected.
Discussion Group (for Butterflies and Moths)
Wildlife Discussion Group
Nature & History - May 2001 Newsletter
to the web site by Ray Hamblett)
of the Week
| pladk | a. M17. [L pelagicus f. Gk pelagikos, f. pelagos level
surface of the sea: see -IC.] 1 Of or pertaining to the open sea, as distinguished
from the shallow water near the coast; oceanic. Now chiefly spec., living
on or near the surface of the open sea or ocean, as distinguished from
its depths; designating or inhabiting a part of the sea away from or independent
of the littoral and benthic regions. M17. 2 Of sealing or whaling:
performed on the open sea. L19. 3 Of seabed material: formed within the
sea, not transported from the land. L19. 4 = LIMNETIC a. L19. 5 Of a (species
of) bird: inhabiting the open sea beyond the continental shelf and returning
to shore only to breed. M20.pelagically adv. in pelagic regions M20.
from The Oxford Interactive Encyclopedia
by The Learning Company, Inc. Copyright (c) 1997 TLC Properties Inc.
can eat at any time during the day or night. If it is in shallow water
with some light reaching the bottom it can use its eyes. They consist of
hundreds of tiny lenses, and as they are on top of the body, the lobster
has all-round vision allowing it to see very well, but only movement. The
lenses can pick up even the slightest movement .
soon as a crab enters the water and starts moving around, the lobster sees
it, and moves very quickly towards it. The crab, seeing the danger, stops
completely still, so the lobster cannot see it and stops as well. Eventually
the crab moves; so does the lobster. By this time the lobster is over the
crab when it stops, and still moves around, knowing the crab is close,
and hoping to disturb it and make it move. I have seen the lobster rest
its large claw on top of the crab as it lays tationary.
the crab moves and the lobster grabs it, holding it towards its body with
the two large claws. It uses its four small claws, one on each of the first
and second pair of walking limbs, to grab a leg or a claw of the crab,
so the crab is
and unable to nip the lobster's sensitive body. The lobster can now move
its large crushing claw into position on the body of the crab, and with
one quick squeeze the crab is crushed. The small claws move the dead crab
up to its mouth parts and the two grindstone parts of the mouth start chewing
away at the shell . Once through the shell, the other two parts of the
mouth that deal with the soft fleshy material come into use.
can eat every part of the crab, even the shell and claws. As soon as the
lobster has finished its meal, any food still left is saved for later.
The lobster will bury any spare food in the sand, but well away from its
home in case another predator smells the rotting food and homes in on it.
It will not find the lobster, which is really clever. All my lobsters have
done this with their food.
darkness, either at night or in deeper waters, the lobster uses its sense
of smell to locate food, even from some distance away. Rotting flesh is
a great temptation for a lobster, and it will travel some distance for
an easy meal. Soft
food can be easily and quickly eaten, so it spends the least amount possible
of time in the open, and in danger from predators. They often end up in
a lobster pot because of this weakness.
order to grow, Lobsters and all other artropods, crustaceans and insects
have to discard the old exoskeleton, or shell. It is replaced by a new
shell which had grown underneath the old one. This process is the
stage of the moult. At first, the new shell is soft and the Lobster is
vulnerable until the shell hardens by incorporating mineral salts from
the surrounding sea.
Adur Civic Centre
Road, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex.
4 June 2001 to 15 June 2001 weekdays.
you wish to contribute please contact:
first contact is:
will need details of your exhibits, so the preferred method of the first
communication is by EMail with full details.
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