This is the first published
Electronic Newspaper for
Shoreham-by-Sea and the
Adur Valley & District, West Sussex, England
21 July 2001: Volume 3 Issue 24
250 members of the public packed the Shoreham Centre to hear about the
Community Plans for Ropetackle.
meeting was not about the plans but about the community facility which
was part of the Ropetackle Development Brief.
Loughton MP has invited the local community to write in to him as head
of the Committee informing the Committee of what community facilities are
lacking in Shoreham and Adur.
real snag is that it is a condition that the community facilities are sustainable.
This seems to mean that they would pay for themselves. Not the capital
cost, but the running costs, presumably including maintenance of the buildings.
of people at the meeting wanted to talk about the loss of the access and
views across the river, the high density of the development and blocking
off of the Public Hard. The design standard of the building in the area
south of Little High Street was considered to be important.
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
landed on the Verbena bonariensis in my Lancing garden (TQ 186 045).
This plant is rich in nectar and particularly attractive to butterflies.
Sussex branch of the Butterfly
Conservation Society arranged a walk on Mill
Hill in the morning. The long grasses were still soaked from
yesterday's downpour. I did not make the 11:00 am start but I went up there
a couple of hours later and they were no longer around. The blue
butterflies were not out yet and it preceded the school holidays, so
it could be seen as a strange date to choose. The only insect of note was
a solitary Burnet Moth south
of the car park (TQ 212 072) .
of the Burnet Moths
was a fair selection of butterflies including Small
needed torrential rain and a near gale to dislodge a 95 mm pine cone which
nearly landed on my head. It came from one of a couple of old pine trees
just south of the western tennis pavilion in Buckingham Park. I have tentatively
identified these trees as Monterey Pine, Pinus radiata.
Butterfly settled in my wild garden in
Corbyn Crescent, Shoreham (TQ 224 053), opening its wings to reveal the
splendid orange upperside lined with brown.
Lizard Comparison Photographs
pair of Comma
Butterflies fluttered around and finally
settled briefly in my wild garden, without nettles, in Corbyn Crescent,
Shoreham (TQ 224 053). This is my first definite report of these
on the Nature Notes web pages.
flew overhead from Middle Road allotments.
handful of small Gatekeeper Butterflies
fluttered around the Blackthorn (Sloe) bushes (TQ 207 055) and other scrub
around the towpath on the eastern of perimeter of Shoreham
the Old Fort (TQ 234 046), the Common Lizards,
vivipara, with exceptionally mottled markings,
have found new places to hide after the flint wall has been repaired. The
exceptionally speckled markings of the lizard are found in the European
Wall Lizard, Podarcis muralis.
(This latter species were kept in the back garden of a house in Old Fort
Road and could be escapes. However, lizards were definitely present in
the 1960s on the walls of the Old Fort and this pre-dated the presence
of lizards in the garden of a herpetologist.)
Report of the Flint Wall Repairs
these lizards have now been definitely identified as the Wall
between the bridleway (TQ 228 067) skirting Slonk Hill Farm and Mossy Bottom
Admirals and at least one Painted
Lady (TQ 225 074), all species eventually
settling on the chalk path, and all the butterflies were in perfect colourful
skies around New Erringham Farm were filled with the low flying aerobatic
displays of House Martins
a dozen of the stout-bodied dragonflies flew rapidly over the Lancing
Ring dewpond. They flew much too
quickly to ascertain any of the smaller details which is necessary to confirm
identification. Both males and females chased each other in the breeze.
However, a brown female dragonfly settled for about two seconds a couple
of metres away and there was just time to spot at least three large
spots of bright orange on one side of the darker brown abdomen. This together
with the brown bulky nature of the flattish abdomen, made to look more
bulky by the brown on the base of the wings makes me identify this spectacular
insect as the Broad-bodied Chaser, Libellula
depressa. The appearance of bright
green Emperor Dragonfly,
female, was comparatively dull and inactive. A Blue-tailed
Damselfly tried to hide its then abdomen
along a thin waterside reed.
Dragonfly Society Species Checklist
boats remain in harbour as the beach shingle is rolled about by the Fresh
Breeze (Force 5
+) without rain, with many white horses. The shingle
that had been levelled with the renovation to the Inner West Arm of Shoreham
Harbour sea defences south of Soldier's Point, near the Old Fort, last
year, had now been reformed by the wind and returned to its former undulations,
with the return of the common shingle plants including Sea
Kale, Sea Beet, Yellow-horned
Campion, Spear-leaved Orache and the common
weed of wild places, the Sow Thistle
remains of two large mature Adders were found
trapped in garden netting in Lancing Manor Allotments.
promised torrential rain arrives at about 5:00
pm with grumblings of thunder. Although it
seemed no more than a prolonged heavy shower, a figure of 34 mm was recorded
in 3 hours, according to BBC 1 Southern News. I was able to verify this
reading exactly using the bucket method. .
the long mostly straight steadily uphill path from Southwick
Hill to Truleigh Hill, Small Tortoiseshell
common (75 +) (this total possibly included some strong-flying Painted
Ladies and Commas),
but there were also Meadow Browns (30+),
Marbled Whites, (25+), Small
Red Admirals (12+) and an occasional Small
White Butterfly in decreasing order of
contrast on Mill Hill, where nettles on the
downs are uncommon and the meadows unspoiled, the Meadow
Browns (40 +) were the commonest butterfly
in the open but where the grass became longer they were replaced by Marbled
Whites (40+) feeding on Greater
Knapweed, and in the scrub, a handful
of Gatekeeper Butterflies
could be easily separated from the Meadow Browns by their smaller size
and double eye-spot on the underside. They remained settled for long periods
with the wings folded. At first the double eye-spots could be seen, but
after awhile the fawnish bit covered up the orange and the eye-spot. Large
Skipper Butterflies were a bit battered
but like the Gatekeeper stayed still,
but with their wings open. Red Admirals
flew energetically in the small copse.
Scabious and Pyramid Orchids were
Valley Butterflies (Link)
seems to have missed the thunder and electrical storms in other parts of
the south coast (notably Dorset), but it is exceptionally and uncomfortably
muggy (wet and humid with warm showers). Just before dawn the gulls, Herring
Gulls are squawking a lot just like they
do throughout the day in nearby Hove. On top of the new houses near Eastern
Avenue railway crossing gates, Shoreham (TQ 224 053), there seems to be
two gulls that are unusual for Shoreham, looking smaller and with much
darker primary feathers than the Herring Gull, and my first choice identification
of these birds is the Lesser
Black-backed Gull. Their legs are a greenish-yellow
Black-backed and yellow-legged Gulls (Link for more information)
Birds Portfolio (Photographs by Nicolas Jouault)
Birding Discussion Forum
Ornithological Society News
crew of the Sussex Sea Fisheries
Protection vessel "Watchful" spot a Bottle-nosed
Dolphin, Tursiops truncatus, in the approaches to Shoreham harbour.
Nature & History - July 2001 Newsletter
by the Sea
is the time for marching,
let your hearts be gay,
to the merry bugles
along our way.
let your voices ring my boys,
take the time from me,
I'll sing you a song as we march along,
Sussex by the Sea!
Sussex by the Sea !
Sussex, Sussex by the Sea !
old Sussex by the Sea !
may tell them all that we stand or fall,
Sussex by the Sea
the men from Sussex,
by the Sea.
plough and sow and reap and mow,
useful men are we;
when you go to Sussex,
you may be,
may tell them all that we stand or fall
Sussex by the Sea!
in the morning early,
at the break of day;
till the evening shadows
us it's time to stay.
always moving on my boys,
take the time from me,
sing this song as we march along, Of Sussex by the Sea.
your feet are weary
the way is long,
the day is dreary,
the world goes wrong;
if you let your voices ring,
care will fly away,
we'll sing a song as we march along, Of Sussex by the Sea.
is the love of a soldier,
what the ladies say,
he goes a wooing,
he rides away.
love and war we always are
fair as fair can be,
a soldier boy is a lady's joy In Sussex by the Sea!
o'er the seas we wander,
thro' the world we roam;
from the kind hearts yonder,
from our dear old home;
ne'er shall we forget my boys,
true we'll ever be
the girls so kind that we left behind
Sussex by the Sea
by the Sea was
written by the musician, composer and songwriter William Ward-Higgs in
1907, while he was living at Hollywood House in South Bersted, near Bognor,
West Sussex. Ward-Higgs's grave is in Bersted churchyard. As well as being
adopted by Brighton & Hove Albion (1910), it was also the official
song of the Royal Sussex Army Regiment (1914).
1914, Sussex by the Sea was adopted as the Regimental song for the Royal
Sussex Regiment. It became strongly associated with the club as the troops
were billetted at the Goldstone Ground before being sent to fight in the
First World War.The song was no doubt heard on numerous occasions whilst
the troops were encamped at the ground, and therefore became attached to
the football club. It has also retained its military links, despite the
Royal Sussex Regiment having amalglamated with other local corps to form
the Home Counties Battalion in 1958, which became the 1st-4th Battalion
Queen's Regiment eight years later. The song can still apparently be heard
on regimental days of the 3rd Battalion Queen's Regiment, who are the direct
descendants of the orginal Sussex outfit. It has also been adopted as a
county anthem, being traditionally played, for example, at the Sussex Bonfire
Societies' November 5th celebrations in Lewes.
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