This is the first published
Electronic Newspaper for
Shoreham-by-Sea and the
Adur Valley & District, West Sussex, England
27 September 2002 : Volume 4
new rock defences on the shingle beach are erected on Widewater beach with
in by barge across the North Sea from Norway.
great heaps of rock looking like small volcanic islands sat on the beach
the last time I looked. Each waiting to be sculpted into a new groyne structure.
I stood watching the contractors as they were using a mechanical claw to
set rocks into place in a mound that will become one of the new groynes.
was extraordinary to see how much effort went in to get one piece of rock
to fit exactly the right position at the top of the newly formed mound.
Imagine having to build a rockery with pieces that weigh several tonnes
each. All the exposed pieces, it seems, must be secure and form an overall
smooth appearance, so that if you take a line and hold it against the mound,
no individual rocks break the line or leave a large hollow. Or perhaps
imagine if it were rendered with cement, a rock would not protrude through.
That seems to be the degree to which construction was taken. One piece
of stone was tried, rolled, twisted, turned and finally rejected and another
selected and the process repeated until just the right fit was obtained.
There must be a huge safety factor at stake here. If one piece of rock
was not quite secure, a person could be trapped and maimed by an unexpected
shift if they inadvertently found the loose piece.
Rock Sea Defences on Widewater beach
beach (including Widewater beach)
new plans are on display at Adur Civic Centre Planning Office Reception
(Floor 2), Ham Road, Shoreham-by-Sea.
charge: Duncan Morrison.
of the boat launching facility.
Map is not to scale
on the map image for an enlargement.
looks like public common land may be used to store boats. Would this facility
be available to the general public?
shells, Barnea candida, from Kingston
August 2002 & 1 September 2002
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of prey shot out rapidly from the ten
Hawthorn tree in our south
Lancing garden. (TQ 185 046)
It was in hot pursuit of a Sparrow it
had singled out from a group which flew off in all directions. This raptor
was probably a Kestrel
that habitually chase small birds in the autumn in Shoreham town.
Lancing beach on the seaward side of Widewater, four Undulate
Rays, Raja undulata, were seen
in the shallow (4 metres depth) water.
dark bird skimmed over the sea at Kingston beach,
a flash of turquoise revealing it to be a Kingfisher.
An Oystercatcher probed
at low water.
7.15 am, a large owl fly slowly overhead,
over Eastbrook Road, south Portslade, East Sussex. The owl was being mobbed
by a flock of starlings. It did not fly in a straight line, but followed
an erratic flight path heading east.
owl feeds mainly on small mammals.
owl had broad wings, short tail and a short rounded bead. The wings and
underside of the body appeared light and there was a dark marking on the
underside of each wing, towards the wing tip. As I was only a couple of
minutes from my house I was able to rush in and look through my reference
books while it was still fresh in my mind. It seems to match with the Short-eared
Owl, Asio flammeus, both by artwork
of underside in flight and descriptive text.
have seen various birds of prey and this was different to anything I had
seen before. The image that sprang to mind was a Eagle
Owl that I saw at a display.
The Short-eared Owl has been recorded before during the winter months
over the local coast, downs and Adur valley: the peak month is October
with 24 records in 15 year period and 10 records for September. (Shoreham
& District Ornithological Reports).
Ornithological Society have this owl categorised
as a Passage Migrant (PM), Winter Visitor (WV) that has bred, for its records
in the county.
Equinox breeze was from the north-east but the Comma
Butterfly in Corbyn Crescent, Shoreham,
was fluttering against the wind until it settled in a Privet hedge
Rays, Raja clavata, 300 mm across
the wings were seen in very shallow water (3 metres depth ) off Shoreham
an over friendly Greater Pipefish,
acus, which coiled around my friends neck, then swam straight into
the camera, then swam up to the surface where its mouth came up out of
Sharks and Rays
21 September 2002
young Sparrowhawk was
observed hunting persistently but not very successfully on the east side
of the River Adur on the old railway track between the Railway Viaduct
and the Toll Bridge.
squadron of 16 Cormorants,
immediately followed by another group of 17 Cormorants,
followed less than a minute later by a single straggler, flew up the River
Adur over the Toll Bridge. A
few minutes later a further 10 Cormorants
together in the same direction.
very bedraggled normal livery Magpie
huddled in the lower branches of the Sycamore (TQ
2112 0532) occupied two weeks ago by the albino
Magpie. This book looked ill or beaten
common Dot Moth,
persicariae, finds its way into houses at this time of the year. (TQ
Worms (Photograph by Ray Hamblett)
were large adult Slow Worms in
the grass and hiding under rocks and debris on the east side of the River
Adur near the Adur Industrial Estate (TQ
of Red Admiral Butterflies
are seen in Shoreham town. Are these migrants from
the north, or butterflies blown over from France (where thousands of Red
Admirals have been spotted on a southerly
migration near le Haura)?
numerous around Shermanbury.
distinctive long-legged spider Tetragnatha
extensa was discovered in the long grass near Widewater
Lagoon on the sea side.
tide receded beyond the pier on Worthing beach
which was rather scantily inhabited by mobile fauna of interest to the
However, of special interest was the discovery of a young Small-headed
dentatus, in a shallow weedy pool south of the pier. All clingfish
have a pelvic (underside) find fused into a sucker, so when the cockle
shell is inverted (see the photograph underneath) the tiny fish remains
fastened to the shell.
Yellow Butterfly, the third occasion I
have seen them this year, fluttered over the Worthing promenade, finding
some garden plants planted by Worthing Borough Council.
a five hour downs walk from Worthing to Shermanbury
on a bright sunny day with a good view of
the Isle of Wight from Cissbury Ring, I noted
that Speckled Wood Butterflies were
common everywhere with a few other butterflies
including a few Small Tortoiseshells
and Meadow Browns,
a couple of Comma Butterflies
and a single Gatekeeper
and a single Peacock
Butterfly. Common Darter Dragonflies were
on the wing near Henfield and a group of at least a dozen impressive blue-black,
75 mm (3 inch) long dragonflies by the River
The most likely species would seem to be the
the late afternoon, a
straight as an arrow from the amongst the Sea Purslane at half tide towards
the east bank of the Adur to the south of the Toll
Bridge. It was too far away to see its bright colours.
early morning low spring tide at Kingston
beach produced a young Black
Goby, a small fish that very alike
the commoner Rock Goby,
so alike that the first fish may be overlooked in tidal
pools. A Hermit Crab shared a periwinkle
shell with the commensal ragworm Neanthes fucata (=Nereis).
A Heron stood
by the water's edge as the tide rolled in.
Adur East (Shermanbury area) Nature Pages
are plenty of woods up here. I see Muntjac
Deer often on the bridle path going from
Frylands Lane, Wineham near Pooks Farm, to Kent Street, Wineham. In this
case I came round a corner on the road to the west of that path to come
them. the path is not far away and it wooded both sides. And I'm not
sure now, I only have someone else's word. I have seen them before and
one barked like a small dog. It was a resident of the area that told
they were Monkjacks."
are very shy animals, small (the size of a large dog) Asian deer that have
escaped from private parks, and when a pair of these deer spotted me they
quickly ran off in different directions in panic.
Mill Hill Wasp Spider Report
visited my Lancing garden (TQ 185 046),
nectaring on Ceratostigma plumbagnoides (Hardy
bruennichi, were seen on my walk over Lancing
Ring (TQ 180 065). Three
specimens of the Autumn Lady's Tresses
Orchid, Spiranthes spiralis,were
discovered but on this relatively overcast day, there were few butterflies
about, but they included a Small Copper
Butterfly. A Green Bush Cricket
was spotted as well.
Nature Newsletter (September 2002)
medium-sized dragonfly hawking around at just above head height
in St. Michael's Churchyard, Southwick, like a small version of the Emperor
Dragonfly was not identified as it would not remain still. The most likely
species would seem to be the Migrant Hawker,
mixta, which has now colonised the south-east of England.
albino (white-winged) Magpie is back again. This time I was able to
place it high up in an ivy adorned Sycamore Tree (TQ
2112 0532) right at the southern end of the
old railway track running southwards from Old Shoreham to where it stops
abruptly at the demolished bridge. I first heard the bird from underneath
the tree at 6:30 pm
in the approach to the partially empty factory buildings on the Adur Metal
Works industrial estate. A normal black and white livery Magpie flew up
leaving a seagull-like albino Magpie perched in the tree. Its white breast
was spotted with black lines. By the time I had taken out my camera the
bird had hidden deeper amongst the ivy, unless it had flown to another
tree and I could not place where the call came from. This particular Sycamore
Tree is a veritable haven for wildlife, including a rich selection of insects
and butterflies of many species.
correct term is leucistic,
unless the bird has also lost the pigment in its eyes. I have not altered
the past entries because leucistic also refers to birds that have lost
only part of their pigment. A few years ago a leucistic Redshank
was a regular visitor to the lower Adur estuary,
but this bird was not nearly so white.
disperse to new territories at this time of the year (Chris
Information (by Chris Mead)
Trust for Ornithology
low tide by the Toll Bridge a bright
yellow-legged juvenile Redshank
probed eagerly for food, so eagerly it did not give out its alarm call
and fly rapidly away.
a dry spell, Widewater Lagoon had receded/dried
out and the small separate
lagoon west of the western causeway was reduced to a few puddles since
August 2002. A live Lagoon
Cockle was found on the surface.
gravity reading in the main channel was about 1.022 at 21° C which
gives a salinity of about 34‰ (ppt)
which is full strength seawater.
Barrett is pretty sure that he spotted a Mink
close to Woods Mill (Sussex Wildlife Trust HQ at Small Dole).
than a minute after opening my front (north facing) window of my flat in
Corbyn Crescent, Shoreham, (TQ 22444 05295)
good condition Peacock Butterfly
flew in, the first I had seen since 1 May
2002. It was also the first ever butterfly
that had entered my flat. A large female Emperor Dragonfly in Corbyn
Crescent was on a passage flight. This is a late record for this magnificent
seal, probably a Common (or Harbour) Seal,
vitulina, is spotted off Lancing beach
between the breakwaters at high tide by the Golden Sands Caravan Park.
It was mistaken for a dog at first which is often the case. Seals are a
rare sight off the mid-Sussex coast, but a few have been seen off Shoreham
before. The nearest rookery is a small group of seals in Chichester harbour
which are occasionally seen around Selsey (Seal Island).
seal was also seen by Francis Garard
in the same area sharing the same swimming space with her in the morning
am on 29 August
immigrant Clouded Yellow Butterfly
fluttered in the breeze by the beach huts near Beach Green, Shoreham Beach.
Blue Butterfly fluttered by the ivy on
the railway line embankment at the southern end of Ravens Road (TQ
217 053), an area of note for urban wildlife
was a huge caterpillar. At the head end were two very realistic
eye markings. The body was dark chocolate brown with lighter brown rings
and circles. The length was around 6 cm (2½ inches) and the girth
similar to the average thumb. When disturbed it either thrashed or made
S shaped movements. The tail end had a short horn. I would suggest it would
be a moth caterpillar. It was found on the ground close to a massive Virginia
creeper vine but numerous other plants were
caterpillar was discovered in
a garden in West Way, south Lancing, (TQ
198 042) on alluvial soil near the coast.
Hawk-moths larvae display their eye spots when threatened. As it is
only these large moths (two British species)
that display large eye spots this is certainly what they are.
Moths are common and they are regularly
found indoors at this time of the year.
finding the Wasp Spider,
bruennichi, on Mill
Hill on 18 August 2002, another
one almost leapt at me down at Widewater Lagoon
(TQ 2008 0415) today.
one was close to the path across the causeway, I wasn't able to get
a good look at it but I think it was a male, about half the size of the
Hill specimen. I was distracted for a minute and when I looked back
had 'legged it'.
Page (by Ray Hamblett)
on Ropetackle' by Simon
Stevens in St Peter's Church Hall
green glazed tiles (more than comparable igs)
11th century shard pottery finds (earlier than comparable digs)
residential use (but this was only the evaluation)
how archaeological evidence disproves speculation
you live in Shoreham and are interested in its history, this is an illustrated
talk you really ought to see/hear.
survey undertaken. The full survey will start soon, but the firm undertaking
the full survey will be decided soon. The dig will be possibly the largest
in the south-east.
into the Marlipins Museum indicates the whole
building may be late 13th, early 14th century, making it claim to be the
oldest secular building in the UK to have more credence. Parts of other
buildings may be older, but not the substantial part.
Valley Book List
Archaeological Society EGroup
of the Week
| avt | n. L18. [Skt avatara descent, f. ava off, away, down + tar-
pass over.] 1 Hindu Mythol. The descent of a god to earth in incarnate
form. L18. 2 An incarnation or embodiment (of another person, an
idea, etc.). E19. 3 A manifestation to the world as a ruling power or as
an object of worship; gen. a manifestation, a phase. E19.
1 R. K. NARAYAN Krishna
was the eighth avatar of Vishnu, incarnated to help the Five Brothers regain
their kingdom.2 Q. BELL A certain kind of beauty appears and reappears,
sometimes vaguely, sometimes strikingly reincarnated from avatar to avatar.
M. MCCARTHY The classic English butler, of which he personally was the
avatar.3 L. STEPHEN Wit and sense are but different avatars of the same
spirit. Listener I knew Victor Neuburg so well during his avatar as editor
of the 'Poets' Corner'.
| anstk | a. M17. [Late L agonisticus f. Gk agonistikos, f. as AGONIST:
see -IC.] 1 Pertaining to (orig. ancient Greek) athletic contests or to
athletic feats. M17. 2 Rhet. Polemic, combative. M17. 3 Striving
for effect. M19. 4 Zool. Of animal behaviour: associated with conflict
between individuals. M20.agonistical a. (now rare) = AGONISTIC 1, 2 M17.
agonistically adv. (rare) polemically M19.
| pprest | n. ME. [OFr. purpresture, por- alt. of porpresure, f.
porprendre occupy, usurp, enclose, f. pur-, por- PUR- + prendre take, seize
f. L praehendere.] Law. 1 An illegal enclosure of or encroachment on the
land or property of another or (now only) of the public. ME. 2 Hist.
A payment or rent due to a feudal superior for permission to enclose or
build on land. LME.
| vt | n. M17. [med.L virgata, f. VIRGA: see -ATE1.] Hist. 1 In England,
a former measure of land, varying in extent and averaging thirty acres.
M17. 2 A rod or pole used as a measure. L18.virgater n. a person
holding or cultivating a virgate of land L19.
| kthekss | n. Pl. -thexes | -theksiz | . E20. [Gk kathexis
holding, retention, a rendering of G (Libido) besetzung (Freud).] Psychoanalysis.
The concentration or accumulation of libidinal energy on a particular object.
| drLd, -ad | n. Also D-. Pl. -ads, -ades | -diz | . LME. [(O)Fr.
dryade f. L Dryades pl. of Dryas f. Gk Druas, Druades, f. drus tree: see
-AD1.] Class. Mythol. A nymph supposed to inhabit trees, a wood nymph.
BYRON The palm, the loftiest dryad of the woods.
| mLntdak | n. Also -jak. L18. [Sundanese
minchek.] Any of
small deer with short antlers of the Asian genus Muntiacus; esp. M.
which has been introduced into Britain and Europe. Also called
| sLndniz | a. & n. L19. [f. Sundanese Sunda the western part
the island of Java + -ESE.] A adj. Designating or pertaining to a mainly
people of western Java, or their language. L19. B n. Pl. same. A
of the Sundanese people; the Austronesian language of this people.
from The Oxford Interactive Encyclopedia
by The Learning Company, Inc. Copyright (c) 1997 TLC Properties Inc.
The Spider & The Fly
by Mary Howitt
"Will you walk into my parlour?"
said the spider to the fly;
"'Tis the prettiest little
parlour that ever you may spy.
The way into my parlour
is up a winding stair,
And I have many curious
things to show when you are there."
"Oh no, no," said the little
fly; "to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding
stair can ne'er come down again."
"I'm sure you must be weary,
dear, with soaring up so high.
Well you rest upon my little
bed?" said the spider to the fly.
"There are pretty curtains
drawn around; the sheets are fine and thin,
And if you like to rest
a while, I'll snugly tuck you in!"
"Oh no, no," said the little
fly, "for I've often heard it said,
They never, never wake again
who sleep upon your bed!"
Said the cunning spider to
the fly: "Dear friend, what can I do
To prove the warm affection
I've always felt for you?
I have within my pantry
good store of all that's nice;
I'm sure you're very welcome
- will you please to take a slice?
"Oh no, no," said the little
fly; "kind sir, that cannot be:
I've heard what's in your
pantry, and I do not wish to see!"
"Sweet creature!" said the
spider, "you're witty and you're wise;
How handsome are your gauzy
wings; how brilliant are your eyes!
I have a little looking-glass
upon my parlour shelf;
If you'd step in one moment,
dear, you shall behold yourself."
"I thank you, gentle sir,"
she said, "for what you're pleased to say,
And, bidding you good morning
now, I'll call another day."
The spider turned him round
about, and went into his den,
For well he knew the silly
fly would soon come back again:
So he wove a subtle web
in a little corner sly,
And set his table ready
to dine upon the fly;
Then came out to his door
again and merrily did sing:
"Come hither, hither, pretty
fly, with pearl and silver wing;
Your robes are green and
purple; there's a crest upon your head;
Your eyes are like diamond
bright, but mine are dull as lead!"
Alas, alas! how very soon
this silly little fly,
Hearing his wily, flattering
words, came slowly flitting by;
With buzzing wings she hung
aloft, then near and nearer grew,
Thinking only of her brilliant
eyes and green and purple hue,
Thinking only of her crested
head. Poor, foolish thing! at last
Up jumped the cunning spider,
and fiercely held her fast;
He dragged her up his winding
stair, into the dismal den -
Within his little parlour
- but she ne'er came out again!
And now, dear little children,
who may this story read,
To idle, silly flattering
words I pray you ne'er give heed;
Unto an evil counsellor
close heart and ear and eye,
And take a lesson from this
tale of the spider and the fly.
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