This is the first published
Electronic Newspaper for
Shoreham-by-Sea and the
Adur Valley & District, West Sussex, England
7 June 2001: Volume 3 Issue 19
pair of Mute Swans with six furry cygnets greeted the workers
setting up at the stalls for Adur World Oceans Day, but as the neap
tide ebbed they had disappeared before the start of the event.
an overcast day, with spells of torrential rain, the opening of the Adur
Festival and World Oceans Day was
regarded as a success with a crowd in excess of last year and estimated
to be about 1500. My estimate of the visitors visiting the British marine
life aquarium inside the marquee was 600. The
aquarium contained Blennies,
Anemones, Shore Crabs and other crabs.
main attraction were the Lobsters, despite their
reluctance to actually race. There were Spider Crabs,
as well as Bass, Rays and other fish.
last year, Adur World Oceans Day event was probably the biggest of its
kind in the country and possibly the world, other seaside areas are overtaking
fast, with some details on the World Oceans Day
year, World Oceans Day falls on 8 June 2002, which is not the start of
the Adur Festival.
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
send any comments to: Andy Horton
mystery butterfly (see below) turned out to be a
Calopteryx virgo, a large damselfly, itself
a spectacular find as the nearest breeding colony was previously at Pulborough
Wild Brooks, although Danny
saw one in Horsham town centre on 1 June 2001,
couple of days before Ray saw his specimen fluttering over the Waterworks
are not gossamer like and the Adults are the largest British damselflies.
They can be very butterfly like in flight, and this illusion would be
if as you say you could not follow it (by this I presume you
you lost it from sight amongst trees). They can move some distance from
water so lack of water does not preclude them." (Brian
in case Ray Hamblett's butterfly ? made return visit
to the Waterworks Road, I paid a very fleeting visit. There was nothing
much there apart from the millions of stinging nettles. But I was surprised
to see a Moorhen in the narrow stream, surprised because of the
vicinity of the Vixen and her cubs.
the horse's field next the narrow overgrown path to the downs, a
White settled long enough to separate it from the common Small White
a sunny Mill Hill, above the 45° Sycamore
incline from the Waterworks, butterflies
fluttered around, rarely remaining still for more than a brief few seconds,
because the largest and commonest (12 +) were the restless Wall Browns,
and a single solitary Small Heath Butterfly settled long enough
to be sure of identification, the single eye spot clearly distinct on the
underside from the orange of the female. There were small orange butterflies
fluttered in the grasses and these could be Skippers. A female Common
Blue settled. This species on the downs seem a much more robust butterfly
than than those seen on the lowlands, beach margins
and flood plain. Lastly, a single a Dingy Skipper
definitely identified, although the the white dotted band on the topside
of the front wings were much more distinct than shown in my book.
elegans and P. serratus
is rather an ordinary observation but the two species of prawns
found on Kingston Beach are showing remarkable
differences. The smaller Palaemon elegans in the higher pools have
dark blue, almost black, markings and egg masses, whilst the larger Paleamon
serratus at the low tide mark are remarkably reddish with orange egg
masses. This colour guide cannot be relied upon as the larger prawns can
be blue and both species almost transparent with hardly any clear lines.
June 2001 to 15 June 2001 weekdays
a vixen with 3 cubs
was seen from a distance of 200 metres on the Waterworks Road, on the flood
plain below Mill Hill. Footpaths lead down
to this private road from the top of the Street in Old Shoreham and from
the bridge over the flyover leading to Mill Hill, but these paths are narrow
on wooded land close to the base of Mill Hill
near the River Adur, we saw what appeared to be
a large black to iridescent dark blue butterfly.
It seemed to be larger than a Painted Lady for example. It flew in
a slow fluttering movement and was about 60 cm (2 ft) from the ground as
we saw it. I could not follow its path. A local resident confirmed that
it had been seen previously. This butterfly is probably (what else could
it be?) a Purple
Emperor Butterfly. The caterpillars feed
on the Pussy Willow,
caprea, of which this area is noted. However, it is not a definite
because this now a very rare butterfly in Britain.
Wildlife (Discussion of this discovery)
Discussion Group (for Butterflies and Moths)
lepidopterists have pointed out that it is most likely to be a Beautiful Demoiselle,
virgo, a damselfly. In view of the great rarity of the Purple
Emperor Butterfly in Britain, this does seem a possibility. Also,
it is a couple of weeks too early for the emergence of the Purple Emperor.
However, this damselfly is associated with fast flowing streams with a
stony bed and there are none of these in the vicinity. The prevailing winds
for over a week were from the the north-east from the direction of Passies
wildlife pond. Both demoiselle damselflies are found in Sussex.
Dragonflies Discussion Group
Nature & History - May 2001 Newsletter
to the web site by Ray Hamblett)
of the Week
| lepdpt()r | n.pl. L18. [mod.L, f. LEPIDO- + Gk pteron wing: see
-A3.] (Members of) a large order of insects having four scale-covered wings,
comprising butterflies and moths.lepidopter n. an insect of this order
E19. lepidopteral a. lepidopteran E19. lepidopteran a. & n. (a)adj.
of or pertaining to the order Lepidoptera; (b)n. a lepidopteran insect:
M19. lepidopterist n. a person who studies Lepidoptera E19. lepidopterous
a. lepidopteran L18. lepidoptery n. = next M20.
dnet | a. & n. E20. [mod.L Odonata (see below), irreg. f. Gk
odon var. of odous, odont- tooth (with ref. to the insect's mandibles):
see -ATE2.] Entomol. A adj. Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of (an
insect of) the order Odonata, which includes dragonflies and damselflies.
E20. B n. An odonate insect; a dragonfly, a damselfly. E20.
from The Oxford Interactive Encyclopedia
by The Learning Company, Inc. Copyright (c) 1997 TLC Properties Inc.
the Escape of Charles II in the Marlipins
of the Escape * *
as worn by Parliamentary Soldiers * * *
needed by the Earl of Essex's Regiment
of the Parliamentary Banner, Earl of Essex's Regiment
on Charles II, Battle of Worcester, Lord Wilmot, Proclamation
Parliament for the discovery & apprehension of Charles II, English
battles, Journey of Charles II through Sussex, Siege of Chichester
Parliamentarians, The Gounters, Royal Oak, Arundel, Bramber,
Shoreham, Payment of debts, Captain Tattersell, Surprise, Royal
route, Restoration, Penderels.
of 17th century exhibits including a Boscobel plate, and some
of the records of the escape.
by Helen Poole
Charles II and his escape through Sussex opened at Marlipins on 25 May,
the same day as the 25th running of the Royal Escape Race which is organised
annually by the Sussex Yacht Club. The exhibition goes on until 30 June,
Tuesday to Saturday, 10.30 to 4.30. All are welcome as it provides a rare
opportunity to glimpse our county 350 years ago through a collection of
pictures and objects brought together by a mildly obsessed Curator (me).
from other Sussex Museums, stately homes, Libraries and Record Offices
have been very generous in lending material which comes together for the
first time, against a backdrop of material from the modern Earl of Essex's
Regiment, the excellent re-enactment group.
2 to 16 June Marlipins also houses an exhibition of The Lost
Adur, a rare chance to see some of the pictures and objects acquired
years by Adur District Council and not usually accessible to the
general public. They range from a large oil of the countryside behind Shoreham
to a lovely print by Philip Dunn, the well known modern Brighton
artist who opens the exhibition tonight.
if that were not enough excitement for one small museum, we also have a
collection of bygones relating to Food and Drink, installed to link in
with the Sussex Museums Group's feature on the subject for Museums Month.
If you can remember Camp Coffee bottles and the Ovaltinies, the display
will bring back memories.
is clearly the place to be in June, with the Adur Festival etc.
Local & Family
(an Adur Festival event).
Alan Upton, writer of the excellent "Bygones" in the Shoreham Herald,
Adams from the West Sussex Record Office, Martin Hayes County
2001 Shoreham Library
I did not realise, or guess, is that Alan Upton brought along well
hundred old photographs, including:
Boating Day ? (not Regatta) at Shoreham, with thousands of people
the wharves before Coronation Green, packed together like a
crowd with people even on the tops of houses, making Adur
Day look sparsely attended.
Trading sailing vessels moored up in the Shoreham town quays dated
The day the river estuary froze over under the Toll
Bridge at Old Shoreham
King's Head from Victoria Road, including the Norfolk Cinema.
Masses of children outside the Colisseum Theatre etc.
Records Office Web Site
History of Shoreham-by-Sea
Archaeological Society EGroup
on Flint (Link)
History Discussion Group
History of Shoreham-by-Sea
June 2001 and during the week
Major music event on
Green, Shoreham Beach.
of the Adur Festival
and other events on Shoreham Beach Green.
Adur Civic Centre
Road, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex.
4 June 2001 to 15 June 2001 weekdays.
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