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Original image by Paul Parsons of the Downs above Sompting

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


  22  December 2001: Volume 3  Issue 41

Local News

The Port Authority announce plans to build high density homes on the small yachting park next to the Waterside Inn on Shoreham beach at the south end of the footbridge. I dare say the homes would be the popular with the first class view illustrated below at high tide. 

Photograph by Andy Horton

However, it certainly puts a kybosh on the idea of developing the Ferry Road slipway as an alternative to enable the the planned Ropetackle development to obstruct the existing slipway at Ropetackle (Little High Street).


The West Sussex Structure Plan 2001-2016
The Structure Plan Deposit Draft
Once the new West Sussex Structure Plan is published it will be known as the "Deposit Draft" because the Plan will be "deposited" in the public domain for a period of 6 weeks.

http://www.westsussex.gov.uk/PL/splan/sp2002/splan.htm

Remember only representations received during the official period which runs
from 4th January to 15th February 2002 will be considered by the Inquiry Panel.

West Sussex  Highways & Transport
http://www.westsussex.gov.uk/HT/hthome.htm



South Downs National Park : Proposed Area
 
On 27 November 2001, the Countryside Agency will be starting a public consultation on the designation of a National Park for the South Downs. 
South Downs National Park Proposals:  Maps
http://www.countryside.gov.uk/proposednationalparks/sd_boundaryintro.asp
http://www.countryside.gov.uk/proposednationalparks/sd_boundaryintroEast.asp
(the detailed maps do NOT seem to work)

Clearest Map  (but not detailed enough)
http://www.countryside.gov.uk/proposednationalparks/sd_draftboundary.htm

Worth looking at:
South Downs Landscape Character Area Map
http://www.countryside.gov.uk/proposednationalparks/sd_lca.htm

The Countryside Agency is to hold a series of road shows to get feedback on the South Downs National Park proposals. Provisional details are:
 

Mon 14th Jan, The Steyning Centre, Steyning 11.00 - 18.00

Sat 2nd Feb, The Shoreham Centre 11.30 - 15.30
 
 

Please consult the Countryside Agency website http://www.countryside.gov.uk/proposednationalparks for latest info

Click on the URL for the complete map.


Weather Forecast

Please send any comments to: Andy Horton
Glaucus@hotmail.com

Wildlife Notes

19 December 2001
The Pied Wagtails are back flitting around the back streets of Shoreham for the winter. They seem a bit late this year. One or twos had been seen in the preceding weeks and there were hundreds in the countryside.

18 December 2001
A few (at least three) Great Tits were seen in the conifer tree, Monterey Pine, next to the twitten to the east of the Health Centre in Pond Road, Shoreham, just north of St. Mary de Haura churchyard. This bird is a tricky identification from a fleeting glance as they can be mistaken for the locally rare Coal Tits. The identification was made because of their size, appearing bulkier than the Blue Tit. These tits have frequently been seen before in churchyards and on the Adur Levels (cycle route from Old Shoreham to Bramber). 

16 December 2001
A cold dry breeze and temperatures just above freezing and all the leaves already stripped from the deciduous trees enabled a Jay to be noticed in the large back garden adjoining the south-west corner of Buckingham Park, Shoreham. Unless you are fortunate enough to have a large garden with an Oak  tree, this colourful member of the crow family, Corvidae, is unusual in Shoreham. My attention was drawn by commotion this bird caused amongst the three perching Wood Pigeons.

10 December 2001
A very late and battered Red Admiral Butterfly settled on a Hebe shrub in my Lancing garden  (TQ 185 046).

Report by Ray Hamblett
Butterflies of Lancing

A Mistle Thrush is reported from St. Mary de Haura churchyard. Although, I thought of this as a bird that is regularly seen, I have not recalled seeing this bird species this year. Song Thrushes have been more prevalent in 2001. The cats get them in the town, but they survive in the tree-lined fringes of Buckingham Park. 

8 December 2001
A very small falcon flew rapidly parallel with the footbridge the full 150 metres width of the River Adur into the evergreen shrubbery by the bungalows at the south end.  It was probably a first year Kestrel. It appeared much smaller and drabber than the normal handsome tiercel, possibly a tiercelet. 

 5 December 2001
Two deer, probably Roe Deer, are seen for the first time in Ricardo's Test Field (TQ 201 062) next to the A27 trunk road and east of the Sussex Pad. 

Report by Anne White
Peregrine Falcon is spotted again (first report on these pages) roosting on Southwick Power Station in Shoreham harbour.
Report by Tony Wilson


Edwardsia ivelli
Professor Richard Ivell has contacted the Friends of Widewater Lagoon via vice chairman Derek Neate and recalls his pleasure in the early 1970's when he and Dick Manuel, 'the authority on British sea anemones' were able to locate and identify a very elusive sea anemone 
He mentions that he tried several times to get the Lagoon's ecological importance recognised at a time when plans had been put forward to turn the lagoon into a Boating Lake ! 
Further information and a photograph can be found on the page below.:
http://www.lancing-nature.bn15.net//nature/Widewater/ivelli.htm

Edwardsia ivelli is a very small anemone only reaching an expanded length of 20 mm and a diameter (excluding tentacles) of 1.25 mm.
Source:  British Anthozoa  by R. L Manuel.  (Academic Press: Synopsis of British Fauna series) ISBN 0.12.470050.0 This is the 1981 edition.

The Edwardsia genus of sea anemones are a burrowing species, whereas most sea anemones have a base (basal disc) to which they attach themselves to hard substrates. For this reason they are usually discovered by sifting through samples of mud. One common species Edwardsia claparedii can reach 12 cm long so this species can be seen with its long tentacles expanded above the surface of the mud in which it lives. This species is common in the English Channel in shallow waters, but because of its unobtrusive nature it is rarely recorded. Even when this anemones are collected in mud samples, there anemone appearance is not noticeable immediately as they need to settle out and be allowed to expand. Most sea anemones retract when disturbed or poked.

Edwardsia sea anemones, if damaged, can still remain alive and grow with a reduced number of tentacles. This presents are problem when identifying new species as they could be damaged versions of a commoner species.
 
 


WINTER  Nature Notes 2001 JANUARY - MARCH
SPRING Nature Notes 2001 APRIL - JUNE
SUMMER  Nature Notes 2001 JULY - SEPTEMBER
AUTUMN  Nature Notes 2001 OCTOBER - DECEMBER

 

Lancing Nature & History - November 2001 Newsletter
Lancing Ring Photographic Gallery for October


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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN
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Haven Gillespie and J. Fred Coots
 

You better watch out, you better not cry
Better not pout, I'm telling you why:
Santa Claus is comin' to town

He's making a list and checking it twice
Gonna find out who's naughty and nice
Santa Claus is comin' to town

He sees you when you're sleepin'
He knows when you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake

Oh! You better watch out, you better not cry
Better not pout, I'm telling you why:
Santa Claus is comin' to town 

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High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, looking westwards 
in the Great Snow Storm near the end of the 19th century (1881)

 
 

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    Words of the Week

    glyph  | lf |  n. L18. [Fr. glyphe f. Gk gluphe carving, rel. to gluphein carve.] 1 Archit. An ornamental groove or channel, usu. vertical. L18. 2 A sculptured character or symbol. E19. glyphic n. & a. (a)n. (rare) an illustration, a glyph; (b)adj. carved, sculptured: E18.

    tiercel  | ts()l |  n. Also tercel  | ts()l | . ME. [OFr. tercel, tercuel (mod. tiercel) f. Proto-Romance dim. of L tertius THIRD a. etc.; perh. so named f. the belief that the third egg of a clutch produced a male, or f. the male being a third smaller than the female. Spelling and pronunc. infl. by mod.Fr. or TIERCE n.1] Falconry. The male of any kind of falcon; esp. that of the peregrine falcon (in full tiercel-gentle) or of the goshawk.Also tiercelet  | -lt |  n. LME.

    venerable  | ven()rb()l |  a. & n. LME. [(O)Fr. venerable or L venerabilis, f. venerari VENERATE: see -ABLE.] A adj. 1 (Of a person) worthy of being venerated or highly respected on account of character, position, achievements, etc.; (of a person, a person's features, attributes, etc.) commanding veneration due to a combination of age, personal qualities, and dignity of appearance. LME. b Chr. Ch. Used as a title; now spec. (a)as the title of an archdeacon in the Church of England; (b)RC Ch. as the title of a deceased person who has attained the first degree of canonization. LME.  2 Of a thing: worthy of veneration; deserving respect on account of distinguished qualities or associations; to be regarded with religious reverence. LME. b Likely to inspire feelings of veneration; impressive, august. Now rare. E17. 3 Worthy of veneration on account of age or antiquity; made impressive by the appearance of age. E17. b Ancient, old. L18.  4 Giving evidence of veneration; reverent, reverential. E17-E18.
    1 SIR W. SCOTT He wore a breast-plate, over which descended a grey beard of venerable length. Literary Review A venerable Columbia philosopherwho also happens to be arabbi. C. WARWICK This robust characterlived to the venerable age of 108. 2 E. H. JONES Hardyhad not intended in Jude the Obscure to attack venerable institutions. 3 DICKENS The nuns' house, a venerable brick edifice. b C. BRONTe Rows of venerable chairs, high-backed and narrow.
     B n. A venerable person; an ecclesiastic with the title 'Venerable'. M18.venerability n. M17. venerableness n. venerability L17. venerably adv. E17

    popinjay  | ppnde |  n. & a. ME. [AN papeiaye, OFr. papegay, papingay (mod. papegai) f. Sp. papagayo f. Arab. babbaga, babga. The final syll. is assim. to JAY.] A n. 1 A parrot. arch. ME.  2 fig.  a A beautiful or praiseworthy person (w. allus. to the beauty and rarity of the bird). rare. Only in ME. b A type of vanity or empty conceit, a vain or conceited person (w. allus. to the bird's gaudy plumage or its empty repetition of words and phrases). E16. 3 A representation of a parrot, esp. as a heraldic charge or an inn-sign, or (formerly) in tapestry. LME. 4 Archery. A shooting target consisting of bunches of plumage set at different heights on a perched pole. M16.  5 The prevailing colour of the green parrot; a shade of green. L16-E18. 6 The green woodpecker, Picus viridis. local. M19.
    1 J. OWEN An empty insignificant word like the speech of parrots and popinjays. 2b J. HELLER A vain and convivial popinjay who feels he has already come into his estate.
      B attrib. or as adj. Of the colour or shade of a green parrot. M16-M19.
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