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

     7 August 2001: Volume 3  Issue 25

Local News


Ropetackle Outline Planning Application

The last day to send objections in to the Adur Planning Office is 8 August 2001. You can send letters of support as well, but this may be very rare.

The Planning Meeting to consider the Outline Plan is on 13 August 2001.

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

6 August 2001
A large nectar-feeding hoverfly settled on the Buddleia bush in a garden in West Way, Lancing, (TQ 198 042) that is near the marshy land between Shoreham Airport and Lancing. The species was not positively identified and this is always tricky as there are at least 250 species of hoverfly found in northern Europe. It was a large species at about 14 mm long. Bill Irwin identified this species as Volucella zonaria.

Report by Steve Barker
Hoverflies Comment
Hoverflies of the UK
Hoverflies (Syrphidae), tribe Volucellini
Volucella zonaria
Report from Bognor

5 August 2001
On an overcast day, a very small garden pond (TQ  219 063) in The Drive, Shoreham-by-Sea, (near Buckingham Park) was visited by a golden yellow coloured dragonfly with red unevenly spaced vertical dashes and black lines on the side of its narrow smooth abdomen. There were black tips to its wings.  I have tentatively identified this insect as the Common Darter Dragonfly, Sympetrum striolatum. 
"It sounds as though your identification is correct . Both females and tenerals are golden and therefore the first signs of red suggest that your dragonfly is a male just starting to colour up to its final orangey-red. The black tips you refer to are a pigmented section of wing membrane called the Pterostigma, which is believed to act as a counter-balance to aid wing-twisting and wing-tip rigidity."

Comment by Alan Reynolds
Common Dragonflies and Damselflies (photographs)
British Dragonfly Society Species Checklist
 The small white moths were still present in the waterside vegetation. 
A single Peacock Butterfly settled and a handful of Small Whites fluttered around mostly before settling on the Buddleia bush and a Gatekeeper visited other garden plants for nectar. 

30 July 2001
The first Chalkhill Butterflies are on the wing on Mill Hill, although they could have hatched out a couple of days before. A Brimstone Butterfly, was also feeding in the margins of downs and scrub. 
Full Report
Hundreds of Hoverflies, Episyrphus balteatus, invade Lancing (TQ 186 045). Similiar large immigrations have been reported from Dorset, especially from Portland Bill. 

Hoverfly Report by Ray Hamblett
I have noticed a few hundreds around, but they are usually present and there seem to be many more this year. Hoverflies, Syridae, although they display warning coloration like wasps, are a true fly, with a single pair of wings, and a proboscis like a butterfly for feeding on nectar. 
Comment by Steve Barker
27 July 2001
There was an Evening Argus report of a large jellyfish off Worthing. The photograph was not clear enough to be sure of its identity, but the most likely candidate from the photograph was the harmless Barrel Jellyfish, although it could have been the the venomous Lion's Mane Jellyfish.

Photograph by Allen Pollard (Shermanbury)
Butterfly photographed by Allen Pollard from Shermanbury. 
In this study the butterfly has contracted its forewing between the hindwing.
My first thought that this is a Meadow Brown

26 July 2001
On a scorching hot day, when by the afternoon the temperatures reached 26°C hundreds of various species of butterflies were on the wing everywhere. 
Report from Lancing Ring (Link)
Report from the Waterworks path to Mill Hill

24 July 2001
57 adult Mute Swans congregated on the River Adur adjacent to Shoreham Airport on the flood spring tide but no sign of the Little Egret reported in the Sussex Ornithological Society News. There was a dead Mute Swan on the east towpath midway between the A27 Flyover and the disused cement works, where a small group of five Canada Geese swam leisurely away, I thought at first they were going to swim towards me, so they were probably tame.

Photograph by Andy Horton

Swans and Cygnets in Shoreham Harbour

Gatekeeper Butterflies were common everywhere and on the cyclepath north of Botolphs, there were over 100 in the hedgerow adjacent to the path next to the set-aside land covered in wild plants (weeds). Many of the Gatekeepers had a double black surround on the underside, but only one white dot was present on many occasions. Because of the predominance of orange and their smaller size, there was no possibility of mistaking these butterflies for Meadow Browns. Both species of Whites (100+), Painted Lady (one), Red Admiral (20+), Meadow Browns (12+) were noticed on he Adur flood plain.. 
Adur Valley Butterflies

22 July 2001
A gathering of large bats with a wingspan of nearly 30 cm were seen at the top of McIntyres Field (TQ 185 061), which is above the Manor Allotments, in Lancing. Martin Love of the Sussex Bat Group identified these as the Noctule Bat, Nyctalus noctula or a Serotine, Eptesicus serotinus.
Bat Detector Kits

Report by Roy & June Bratton
Bats are seen in Windlesham Gardens, Shoreham. 

Lancing Nature & History - July 2001 Newsletter 

Poem or Literature

 'Attention,' a voice began to call, and it was as though an oboe had suddenly become articulate. 'Attention,' it repeated in the same high, nasal monotone. 'Attention.'
Lying there like a corpse in the dead leaves, his hair matted, his face grotesquely smudged and bruised, his clothes in rags and muddy, Will Farnaby awoke with a start. Molly had called him. Time to get up. Time to get dressed. Mustn't be late at the office.
'Thank you, darling,' he said and sat up. A sharp pain stabbed at his right knee and there were other kinds of pain in his back, his arms, his forehead.
'Attention,' the voice insisted without the slightest change of tone. Leaning on one elbow, Will looked about him and saw with bewilderment, not the grey wallpaper and yellow curtains of his London bedroom, but a glade among trees and the long shadows and slanting lights of early morning in a forest.

The start of the novel "Island"  by Aldous Huxley

    Words of the Week

    anachronism  | nakrnz()m |  n. M17. [Fr. anachronisme or Gk anakhronismos, f. anakhronizesthai refer to a wrong time, f. as ANA- + khronos time: see -ISM.] 1 An error in computing time or fixing dates; the relating of an event, custom, or circumstance to a wrong period of time. M17.  2 Something or someone out of harmony with the time. E19.
    1 T. HEARNE Virgil making Dido and AEneas Co-temporaries, whereas they lived at Three Hundred Years distance committed an Anachronism. H. B. STOWE Some anachronisms with regard to the time of the session of courts have been allowed. 2 V. SACKVILLE-WEST He had thought of Chevron as a dead thing, an anachronism, an exquisite survival with itsservants and luxury. M. MCCARTHY She herself was a smoldering anachronism, a throwback to one of those ardent young women of the Sixties, Turgenev's heroines. S. J. PERELMAN Anachronisms in the script, like penicillin and the atomic bomb.
    anachronistic a. of the nature of or involving anachronism L18. anachronous a. = ANACHRONISTIC E19.

    prevaricate  | prvarket |  v. M16. [L praevaricat- pa. ppl stem of praevaricari go crookedly, deviate from the right path, transgress, (of an advocate) practise collusion, f. prae PRE- + varicare spread the legs apart, straddle, f. varus knock-kneed: see -ATE3.] I v.i.  1 Go aside from the right course, method, etc.; deviate, go astray, transgress. M16-L17. 2 Deviate from straightforwardness; act or speak evasively; quibble, equivocate. M17.  3 Law. Betray the cause of a client by collusion with an opponent; undertake a matter deceitfully in order to defeat the professed object. M17-E18.
    2 J. H. INGRAHAM It is impossiblefor me either to conceal or to prevaricate. M. WESLEY He had rung off before she could prevaricate or protest.
      II v.t. 4 Deviate from, transgress, (a law etc.). L16-E17. 5 Turn from the straight course, application, or meaning; pervert. M17-E18.

    teneral  | ten()r()l |  a. L19. [f. L tener TENDER a. + -AL1.] Entomol. Of an adult insect: with a soft cuticle, as when it has recently emerged from the pupa.

    tomography  | tmrfi |  n. M20. [f. Gk tomos slice, section + -GRAPHY.] Chiefly Med. Any of various techniques which provide images of successive plane sections of the human body or other solid objects using X-rays or ultrasound, now freq. processed by computer to give a three-dimensional image.tomogram n. a visual record taken by tomography M20. tomograph n. (a)a tomogram; (b)an apparatus for carrying out tomography: M20. tomographer n. a practitioner of tomography L20. tomographic a. M20. tomographically adv. by means of tomography M20.
    Excerpted from The Oxford Interactive Encyclopedia
    Developed by The Learning Company, Inc. Copyright (c) 1997 TLC Properties Inc.

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