This is the first published
Electronic Newspaper for
Shoreham-by-Sea and the
Adur Valley & District, West Sussex, England
7 October 2001: Volume 3 Issue 33
Downs National Park : Proposed Area
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walked through woodland area via the grass meadow which was cut back in
mid August, somewhat prematurely by contractors and without advance notice
being given to the FOLR.
It appears the task was originally to remove the flower heads of Ragwort
which by then had already begun to set seed but it was cut a second time
removing the flowers of Knapweed (Hardtop)
and Wild Carrot.
damage to butterfly caterpillars is not clear at present.
of small, some familiar some unidentified birds chattered and chirped
clusters of almost ebony black Privet,
vulgare, berries stand out on the tops of the drab looking bushes.
the Ash and Beech woodland, shafts of sunlight penetrate through the canopy
to the shady floor, making strong patterns of bright light.
the changing light different features of the woodland are highlighted.
I noticed that a particular Beech Tree appears to have facial features
on it's trunk when viewed from one side.
eye is formed by a large hollow knot hole, the nose a bulbous lump and
mouth a crease in the bark.
combined features form a face that appears to have a look of wisdom and
of the life in the wood, unseen by human kind.
autumn fungi have begun to appear but not in great number.
like smooth golf balls have appeared in their usual place. A few
Pholiota have appeared clinging to decaying
Ash tree wood.
a not very evident but one has bravely appeared in grass a few
from the dewpond.
did appear that some Parasols had emerged and been beheaded for no good
are not toxic so they pose no threat to child or canine.
conkers on the Horse Chestnut Tree
are just about ready for the kids, if they still play conkers. The conker
scanned in was from the tree on the south side of the road opposite Lancing
high tides and rain had filled Widewater Lagoon
which looked spectacularly red with the red variety of Glasswort
in abundance, part submerged and partly still exposed west of the bridge.
At the eastern end a Little Egret
fished in the shallows, probably for the 3-spined
at Shermanbury as well as the plentiful Red
was one Speckled Wood and
Tortoiseshell Butterfly in
immaculate condition was seen on the
Levels near where the caterpillars were discovered (see
colours of the River Adur north of Old
an autumn equinoctial low spring tide, 2001
the sunshine pleasant after a a few rain storms and near gales, there were
Admiral Butterflies on the ivy bushes,
notably on the old railway track between Old Shoreham and Ropetackle.
the Adur Levels next to the Steyning Road (TQ 208 068) there were scores
(20+) of medium-sized blue-patterned dragonflies hawking between the reeds
and waterside vegetation by the stream. It was difficult to get close enough
to identify these colourful insects, but they were smaller than the Emperor
Dragonfly, Anax imperator, (which may have been mistaken for these
in the past). They remained at two metres above the stream for most of
the time, but they were rapid flyers and chased each other over the reeds
on occasions. However, they did not appear to be strongly territorial and
the chases were for mating purposes. Some of them, if not all, had an abdomen
tinged with brown. The thorax was brown and not marked with green. My identification
of these is the Migrant
Hawker, Aeshna mixta.
were other (12+) smaller brown-red dragonflies around as well, possibly
Sympetrum striolatum, but
they seemed smaller.
of the Migrant Hawker
Dragonfly Society Species Checklist
Dragonflies Messages on flight times
of the Hampshire & Surrey Borders
Flight Times (First Seen)
Life of North-western Europe Smart Group
a hundred black
caterpillars covered the leaves of a couple
of low growing Stinging Nettle plants (TQ 209 068). These are the caterpillars
of the Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly.
There are the beginnings of a silk web over the top of the nettle leaves.
is the Caterpillar web page
Tortoiseshell Caterpillar (pic)
Cycle of a Butterfly (Caterpillar stage)
Pollard reported a Comma
Admiral Butterflies are still around,
Mason saw one in Ship Street, Shoreham town
centre, despite the near gales and Allen
Pollard reported these attractive butterflies
some 14 miles up the Adur, north of Old Shoreham. He also reported that
Admirals were numerous on the old railway
line path between Henfield and Partridge Green where at least one Speckled
Wood Butterfly was seen.
Pollard's Then & Now web pages
Nature & History - October 2001 Newsletter
Ring Photographic Gallery for July
verse of Song of Praise to West Sussex
land that holds my heart in fee,
my feet may roam,
land of down and weald and sea,
hear you call me home.
the south wind sings and sighs,
the voice of your woods will fill
mean and empty leagues between,
my heart grows fain for the things unseen,
coombe and hurst and Sussex skies
the breast of a Sussex hill.
Shoreham High Street circa
History of Shoreham-by-Sea
of the Week
| hst | n. Also hirst. [OE hyrst f. base repr. also by OS, OHG hurst,
(also mod.G) horst.] I 1 A hillock, knoll, or bank, esp. a sandy one. OE.
b A sandbank; a ford formed by a bed of sand or shingle. LME. 2 A wooded
hillock or rise; a copse, a wood. OE. II 3 The frame of a pair of millstones.
hyrst could be cognate with the Welsh prys = brushwood.)
This is a suggestion by one of the philologists. I think this is unlikely
because hyrst is frequently found in place names in Sussex (e.g.
Ashurst, Midhurst) where Celtic names are not recorded and in the south
we have the OE word strod for brushwood which is the origin of Stroud.
from The Oxford Interactive Encyclopedia
by The Learning Company, Inc. Copyright (c) 1997 TLC Properties Inc.
St. Nicolas Church, Old
Shoreham silhouetted at Sunset
by Neil Mudd (October 2001)
Saturday every month.
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