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

     15 July  2001: Volume 3  Issue 23

Local News

14 July 2001
Farmer's Market

The market in East Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, debuted and the meat was quickly sold out. It was a reasonable debut but nothing really to excite out-of-towners. The start was slow because of early downpour, but the rain had stopped by the shopping time in mid-morning. 
Plants, herbs and a few other items not available in local shops were on sale. There were no live animals.

BT Cellnet plan to erect a 15 metre high telecommunications mast in a prominent position at Honeyman's Hole in the north east corner of Shoreham Airport. There is a Council meeting to consider is on 16 July 2001. The Penfold lorries have already entered the site. 

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.

Weather Forecast

Please send any comments to: Andy Horton

Wildlife Notes

4 July 2001
Over a hundred Marbled White Butterflies were at Lancing Ring (TQ 180 065) fluttering in the long grass amongst a cacophony of grasshoppers and crickets.

Burnet Moth Cocoon (Photograph by Ray Hamblett)

The grasses supported a cocoon, probably from one of the burnet moths.
Full Species List
Lancing Nature & History - July 2001 Newsletter

Report by Ray Hamblett

A Great Spotted Woodpecker was spotted on the Coombes road between Cuckoo's Corner and the Ladywell Stream, in a tree at the bottom of the private path leading to Lancing College (TQ 200 069).

I only saw one Marbled White Butterfly in the long grasses. Meadow Brown Butterflies were common everywhere, near allotments in the towns, on Lancing Ring and on the Adur flood plain. Most specimens had a clear pale ring around the eye-spot on the underside of the wings (pic), and a single very small black spot as well on the fawn bit. They were very darkly pigmented brown on the upperside wings. A Large Skipper Butterfly settled at the top of  the path from the Sussex Pad to Lancing Ring, and there were a few Small (or Essex) Skippers that were more restless. 
Adur Valley Butterflies (Link)

An Emperor Dragonfly patrolled the Lancing Ring dewpond, but this was to be expected. However, there was also a much sturdier-looking dragonfly darting between the reeds. This species is most likely to be a  Broad-bodied Chaser,Libellula depressa.  The abdomen is actually flattened in the latter species. 
UK Dragonflies Discussion Group
British Dragonfly Society Species Checklist
Freshwater Life of North-western Europe EForum

2-4 July 2001
Hot and humid at at least 25° C at maximum.

28 June 2001
Shoreham Beach Nature Reserve
There will be meeting to discuss the future of the vegetated shingle at Shoreham Beach, with experts from English Nature, Adur District Council and West Sussex County Council. The question of Nature Reserve status will be discussed. 
The meeting is at the Church of the Good Shepherd Hall and starts at 7:00 pm. 

Information from Duncan Morrison (Adur District Council)
The idea of the Shoreham Beach Nature Reserve received a mixed reception, with the majority in support, many undecided and a few objectors. 

27 June 2001
There were two calling maleQuail heard from the path from Thundersbarrow Hill (north of Southwick Hill) to Five Ways last night, at around 9:30. There was also a possible calling female to the north west of Lancing College on the same evening. 
There were no Quail calling late in the evening at Steepdown, north of Lancing, but this is possibly an encouraging sign of breeding as at least one male had been calling in the area for two  weeks.
Sussex Ornithological Society Report

Report by Dave Green


Meadow Brown Butterfly (Photograph by Ray Hamblett)

26 June 2001
The scores of butterflies on Mill Hill were Small Heath Butterflies (pic) and/or Meadow Browns (pic). These two species were flying strongly amongst the longer  grasses and I found it difficult to be 100% sure of their identification. They always settled with their wings closed and at least one did not appear to have a pair of eye-spots on the light brown upperside of their wings. The Meadow Brown is a much larger butterfly than the Small Heath, so I think most of them were Meadow Browns, although I find size hard to judge with strong-flying insects.
The first Greater Knapweed begin to flower. (pic).
Butterflies (Bioimages)

25 June 2001
Clean Air Talk by Adur District Council (Tim Bartlett & Natalie Brahma-Pearl) at the Tarmount Studios  7:00 pm
Messages on Adur Air Quality

Pyramidal Orchids could be seen on the Old Shoreham to Beeding cycleway, but only an occasional Red Admiral butterfly and not much to see in the heat at 24° C. The towpath on the west side was overgrown and nearly impassable by bicycle.

24 June 2001
A very small garden pond in The Drive, Shoreham-by-Sea, (near Buckingham Park) was visited by a male Blue-tailed Damselfly (the male identified by its blue head and thorax), Ischnura elegans, and a small white moth, probably a common species Eupithecia centaurearia fluttered amongst the waterside plants. Froglets crawled over the lily pads, where one lily was in flower, but most of the frog tadpoles were still black with only one pair of rear legs in many cases. The tadpoles develop much more slowly in crowded garden ponds and many fail to develop at all before the winter. 

21 June 2001
The weather remained sunny if not particularly warm at 22° C for the Summer Solstice, and at night Mars shined brightly to the south before midnight, and looked silver-pinkish through the binoculars in the clear Moonless sky. No detail could be seen in low-powered 10 x 25 binoculars.

6 June 2001
black wild Rabbit was reported the population of bunnies at Lancing Down, Sussex (TQ 180 062). This is not thought to be an escaped domestic rabbit, but a colour strain present in the wild population and reported occasionally from all parts of Britain. Report by Veronica Eltringham (FOLR)

Lancing Nature & History - July 2001 Newsletter 

Poem or Literature


If I ever become a rich man, 
or if ever I grow to be old, 
I will build a house with deep thatch 
to shelter me from the cold, 
and there shall the Sussex songs be sung 
and the story of Sussex told. 

I will hold my house in the high wood 
within a walk of the sea, 
and the men that were boys when I was a boy 
shall sit and drink with me. 

- Hillaire Belloc 

    Words of the Week

    burlesque  | blesk |  a., n., & v. M17. [Fr. f. It. burlesco, f. burla ridicule, joke, fun, of unkn. origin: see -ESQUE.] A adj.  1 Jocular, odd, grotesque. M17-M19. 2 Derisively or amusingly imitative; mock-heroic or mock-pathetic; bombastic. (Now chiefly of literary composition or dramatic representation.) M17.  B n. 1 Derisively or amusingly imitative literary or dramatic composition, bombast; mock-seriousness; an instance or example of this; (a) parody; (a) caricature. M17.  2 a Hist. The concluding portion of a blackface minstrel entertainment, containing dialogue and sketches. US. M19. b A variety show, freq. featuring striptease. Orig. & chiefly US. L19. C v.t. Imitate to deride or amuse; parody; caricature. L17.burlesquely adv. E19. burlesquer n. (a)a person who burlesques; (b)an actor in burlesque drama: M17.

    parody  | pardi |  n. & v. L16. [Late L parodia or Gk paroidia burlesque song or poem, f. as PARA-1 + oide ODE: see -Y3.] A n. 1 A prose, verse, or (occas.) other artistic composition in which the characteristic themes and the style of a particular work, author, etc., are exaggerated or applied to an inappropriate subject, esp. for the purposes of ridicule; in Mus. also, a composition that employs reworked material from another piece or passage, with serious intent. Also, the composition of parodies, parodies as a genre. L16.  2 fig. A poor or feeble imitation, a travesty. M19.
    2 L. BLUE A terrible grin,like an awful parody of the smile on the face of my kind hostess.
     B v. 1 v.t. Compose a parody of; be a parody of. M18. b v.i. Parody a composition. rare. L19. 2 v.t. fig. Imitate in a poor or feeble manner, travesty. M18.
    1 LEIGH HUNT He parodied music as well as words. H. CARPENTER ''Tis the voice of the Lobster' parodies Isaac Watts's ''Tis the voice of the Sluggard'. 2 V. WOOLF These young men parodied her husband, she reflected.
    parodiable a. L19. parodial  | prdl |  a. pertaining to or resembling (a) parody E19. parodic  | prdk |  a. resembling (a) parody E19. parodical  | prdk()l |  a. = PARODIC L18. parodically  | prdk()li |  adv. L19. parodist n. the author of a parody M18. parodistic a. resembling (a) parody; that parodies something: L19. parodistically adv. M19. parodize v.t. & i. parody M17.

    caricature  | karktj |  n. & v. M18. [Fr. f. It. caricatura, f. caricare to load, exaggerate, f. late L car(ri)care: see CHARGE v., -URE.] A n. 1 Grotesque or ludicrous representation by exaggeration of characteristic traits, in drawing, writing, mime, etc.; a portrait or other representation displaying this. M18. 2 An exaggerated or debased imitation or version (of), naturally or unintentionally ludicrous. M18. 
    1 E. A. FREEMAN Stories which illustrate, if only by caricature, some real feature in his character. E. WAUGH One man drew an offensive caricature of me. 2 G. SAINTSBURY The Wanderer is a caricature of all the very worst faults of eighteenth-century poetic diction. S. NAIPAUL He glanced at me out of the corner of his eyes, a caricature of petty crookedness. 
    B v.t. Portray or imitate by a grotesque or ludicrous exaggeration of characteristic traits; burlesque. M18. caricatural a. of the nature of a caricature L19. caricaturist n. a person who practises caricature L18. 

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

    Computer Tips

  •  Sussex Web Sites 

    Link to the Sea Watch Foundation official Web Site30 June 2001
    Sea Watch Foundation Cetacean Workshop
    Lancing Manor Leisure Centre
    This is the first of three workshops (the second one is on 7 July 2001) on the identifications of cetaceans, ie. whales and dolphins, including these sea mammals seen off the Sussex coast.
    Sea Watch Foundation
    Sussex Dolphins web page
    BMLSS Cetaceans

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    East Street, Shoreham-by-Sea

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