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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

Local News

2 June 2001

Adur World Oceans Day
Lobster Races from midday


In 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. 

As part of this, World Oceans Day was first declared as 8th June at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. 

World 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. 


Adur World Oceans Day 2001

Please express any interest before 30 April 2001:
Andy Horton (British Marine Life Study Society)
Natalie Brahma-Pearl (Adur District Council)

Adur World Oceans Day 2001 web page

AWOD Marquee Floor Plan


The 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. 

Coronation Green 

Adur 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 
around 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. 

The 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. 

Adur Festival 

Adur 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. 

Royal Escape 

This 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. 

The Marlipins 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. 


18 April 2001
Adur Festival Programme

The 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 much more.


South Downs National Park : Proposed Area

Click on the URL for the complete map

The footpaths to Lancing Ring are now open.

West Sussex County Council announce most paths are now open, unless they are inhabited or used by farm livestock, or farm animals are nearby. 

The cycle path from Old Shoreham is officially open.
Most Public Paths


Unless a path displays this notice (red with white writing):

You are welcome to use any public path if you:

Stay on the path and leave gates exactly as you find them.
Respect red "no entry" notices. 
Donít go near sheep, cows, goats, pigs, or deer. 
Donít go into any field if you canít easily avoid those animals

If you do come across them walk slowly away, retracing your steps if necessary. 
Donít leave waste food or litter anywhere and donít feed ANY animal. 
Keep dogs on short leads at all times and off all land where livestock are present. 
Use disinfectant where provided.
Clean your boots after each walk.

Weather Forecast

Please send any comments to: Andy Horton

Wildlife Reports

29 May 2001
A Speckled Wood Butterfly landed in my Lancing garden.

Report by Ray Hamblett

29 May 2001
A 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

26 May 2001
The Fox that 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
Previous Report

25 May 2001
Mill Hill was covered by vast expanses of yellow on the green grasses, of Bulbous Buttercups and Bird's Foot Trefoil, with Daises and patches of blue with the Chalk Milkwort and Speedwell, Veronica sp. amongst the short grass, as well as small seemingly stunted versions of orchids.
A 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.
The Grizzled Skipper Butterfly was exceptionally attractive when it landed on a buttercup (TQ 212 072). 
In Shoreham town especially near the allotments and Sea Kale on the beach, scores of Small White Butterflies fluttered as expected. 
UK-LEPS Discussion Group (for Butterflies and Moths)
UK-Botany Discussion Group
Adur Valley Butterflies
UK Wildlife Discussion Group
Shoreham Beach

Lancing Nature & History - May 2001 Newsletter 
(Link to the web site by Ray Hamblett)

    Words of the Week

    pelagic  | 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.

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

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    The Lobster

    The Lobster 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 . 

    Crab Dinner 

    As 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. 

    Eventually 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 
    helpless 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. 

    No Left Overs

    Lobsters 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. 

    Sense of Smell 

    During 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 
    rotting 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. 

    In 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 ecdysis 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. 

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