This is the first published
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Shoreham-by-Sea and the
Adur Valley & District, West Sussex, England
22 October 2001: Volume 3 Issue 34
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of Pied Wagtails
return to the shrubbery at the foot of Mill Hill,
wagtailing around in the upper branches of small trees.
small copse in the bit to the south-east of McIntyres Field, Lancing, was
cleared of a few trees and in this area a Great
Spotted Woodpecker flew between the remaining
branches, landing to peck at the tree with sharp drumming knocks.
Clump, one rotten tree log was covered in the Sulphur
Tuft fungus, Hypholoma fasciculare
a warm (17° C) day, chirms of pretty Goldfinches
added flashes of colour to the vegetation between the Widewater
Lagoon and the sea.
the high tide lapping against the bank a pair of
Swans with three now almost full size
the estuary in the centre of Shoreham
cruising around the southern end of the footbridge.
Fox was spotted sitting on the wall outside the Bridge Hotel near the
Bridge, Shoreham, at the east end of the busy High Street in the early
a low spring tide, Kingston beach was still
heavily silted near low water mark. All the pools were almost devoid of
mobile life except for a large adult Corkwing
Wrasse near the tide marker at Chart
(white-winged) Magpie has returned to
the area of the old railway line between Old Shoreham and Ropetackle (TQ
211 052). I had seen on a couple of occasions in the last two years, but
the view was from underneath and so fleeting that by the following day
doubts had crept in and I removed the entry from the Nature Notes page.
This time I could see clearly the white upper wings and the whole bird
was whiter than a seagull with just a few black patches. It also perched
briefly before being disturbed by a Magpie with the normal black wings.
the mud flats I was fortunate enough to see a Little
Egret actually catch a fish, probably
a first year Bass which it had trouble in swallowing
and tossed it around trying to get the small fish into its mouth. A Kestrel
hovered over the margins between the land and estuary.
Admiral Butterflies numbered 50 or more
on the path and surrounds.
Ring (October Image Gallery by Ray Hamblett)
my Lancing front garden a Painted Lady
Butterfly is making the most of today's
sunny weather, nectaring on Michaelmas daisies.
Snake slid rapidly away on the gravel path adjacent to the petrol pump
storage area on the east riverbank near Adur Metalworks (TQ 211 052). This
time there was farther for the snake to travel before it reached any sort
of cover and I could see its darker triangular head off the ground, the
first time I had seen this in a Grass Snake. This one was smaller than
the last, olive-green with black markings, less than a metre long, as it
slithered through the short grass and disappeared. There was still no fresh
water obviously nearby. I have not seen any frogs in the area.
must still be fish in the river on this fine afternoon as there was a Little
and at least 12 Cormorants
diving under the water or fanning their wings on the rising river near
the Toll Bridge, Old Shoreham. Lapwings
(50+) plus gulls and Dunlins
were as usual.
Admiral Butterflies (75+) were everywhere
on the unofficial countryside, near ivy bushes, and on waste ground. A
on the uphill path from the Waterworks Road was the deep orange variety,
these colours may be indicative of the second brood. Twittering Greenfinches
in the ivy disturbed flights of Red Admirals. There were no White
Butterflies on the wing.
Butterfly Image Portfolio (Smart Groups)
the Waterworks itself, not one but two Roe
Deer jumped out from the undergrowth (TQ
209 068). The dragonflies were absent but
there were small butterflies on the wing. When one settled on a grass,
it was clearly identified as the Small
Tortoiseshell caterpillars still covered a
few nettle plants (see the earlier record).
scores of an unseen bird were making a tremendous amount of song. I thought
I saw a little brown-grey bird with a flash of white.
bad weather with squalls of heavy rain.
Nature & History - October 2001 Newsletter
Ring Photographic Gallery for July
Crossing the Bar
and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,
such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.
and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;
tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crost the bar.
the nineteenth century Shoreham Fort was garrisoned by the 1st Sussex Volunteer
Artillery of Eastern Division, Royal Artillery, whose
were in Brighton. Together with the 2nd Sussex Volunteer
based at Eastbourne, they were formed just before 1860 as Rifle
from local rifle clubs and were quickly joined by Artillery
following the invasion scare of Napoleon III.
Sussex Volunteer Artillery was considered to be foremost among Volunteer
Artillery Units and in 1865 at the Shoeburyness National Artillery Meeting
it won the Queen's Prize and the Lord Palmerston prize fur accurate shooting.
In 1896 they demonstrated the usefulness of an "armoured train" in the
manoeuvres of that year when they achieved "excellent practice" with a
40 pounder gun which was deployed by train along the coastline between
Newhaven and Shoreham. In the Army List of 1896 Sussex is listed as fourth
of sixty two in ''Order of Precedence of the several Counties in
the Volunteer Artillery Force.''
History of Shoreham-by-Sea
of the Week
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f. Gk theriake (sc. antidotos antidote) use as n. of fem. of adj. f. therion
wild or venomous animal.] A n. I Original sense. 1 Pharm. Any of
various medicinal salves formerly used as antidotes to poisons, venomous
bites, etc. Cf. THERIAC. ME-E19. 2 fig. & gen. A person or thing believed
to have antidotal properties; an effective remedy. Long arch. or obs. ME.
3 With specifying wd, any of several plants formerly credited with medicinal
properties. Cf. treacle mustard below. obs. exc. dial. LME.
VENICE treacle. 3 countryman's treacle, English treacle, poor man's treacle,
Current sense. 4 Uncrystallized syrup drained from partly refined sugar,
syrup; uncrystallized syrup drained from raw sugar in refining, molasses
(freq. distinguished as black treacle). L17. 5 Any syrup obtained from
various trees and plants. M18. 6 fig. Cloying sentimentality or flattery.
V. NABOKOV A note in a blue-margined envelope, a nice mixture of poison
and treacle. S. BRETT They flipped through the [cassette] tape, but the
same unremitting treacle covered both sides.
treacle mustard (a)any of various yellow-flowered cruciferous plants of
the genus Erysimum, esp. the weed E. cheiranthoides; (b)penny cress,
Thlaspi arvense, so called on account of its supposed medicinal properties;
treacle sleep colloq. a deep unbroken sleep.
v. 1 v.t. Make into a salve or antidote. rare. Only in L15. 2 v.t.
Smear with treacle; rare dose with brimstone and treacle. M19. b v.t. &
i. Smear (a tree) with treacle to catch moths. E20. 3 v.i. Flow like treacle.
joc. L19.treacly a. resembling treacle in quality or appearance; fig. cloyingly
sweet or sentimental, honeyed: M18.
| kskl, ek- | n. E20. [f. EX-1 + CLOSURE, after enclosure.] An area
from which unwanted animals are excluded.
| lunet, lju- | n. L16. [Fr., dim. of lune moon f. L LUNA: see -ETTE.]
1 Farriery. A semicircular horseshoe for the front of the hoof only. Also
lunette-shoe. L16. 2 Archit. a An arched aperture in a concave ceiling
for the admission of light. E17. b A crescent-shaped or semicircular space
in a ceiling, dome, etc., decorated with paintings or sculptures; a piece
of decoration filling such a space. E18. 3 A blinker for a horse. M17.
4 In pl. Spectacles. Now rare. L17. 5 Fortif. A work larger than a redan,
consisting of two faces forming a salient angle and two flanks. E18. 6
The figure or shape of a crescent moon. L18. 7 A watch-glass of flattened
shape. Also lunette glass, lunette watch-glass. M19. 8 In the guillotine,
the circular hole which receives the neck of the victim. M19. 9 Any of
the flues connecting a glass furnace and its arch. (Earlier in LINNET-HOLE.)
M19. 10 A crescent-shaped ornament. M19. 11 A ring or forked plate to or
by which a field-gun carriage or other vehicle for towing is attached.
L19. 12 RC Ch. A circular case, fitting into an aperture in a monstrance,
for holding the consecrated host. L19. 13 Physical Geogr. A broad shallow
mound of wind-blown material along the leeward side of a lake or dry lake
basin, esp. in arid parts of Australia, and typically crescent-shaped with
the concave edge along the lake shore. M20.
from The Oxford Interactive Encyclopedia
by The Learning Company, Inc. Copyright (c) 1997 TLC Properties Inc.
College by Andy Horton
bike is mine. It has a hub dynamo and 3-speed.
was stolen from 14 Corbyn Crescent, Shoreham, on the evening
Saturday every month.
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