warm but damp March is ended by north-east winds, showers, and near freezing
temperatures at night.
Tamarisk on Lancing
Green has been chopped down. I do not understand why. The old trees have
been left on site.
of Black-headed Gulls on the mudflats each side of the Toll
Bridge, but there are no sign of the flocks of Lapwings on the
airfield or the Adur.
Beeding Parish Councillors have complained that wildlife (wading birds)
have been driven away by the draining of the Upper Beeding Brooks,
to prevent flooding, by the Environmental Agency.
have visited Windlesham Gardens (a road) on several occasions during February
and March. A Grey Heron visited a large pond in a large town garden
just off the town centre, and Herring Gulls look like making a nest
on the rooftops.
Report by Alan
Issued by English Nature
protection for our wildlife gems.
The second reading of the
and Rights of Way Bill took place in
the House of Commons on
March 20th. English Nature welcomes the new bill and is particularly pleased
with the proposed provisions for Sites of Special
Scientific Interest (SSSIs)
which will lead to their better protection and
management. Amongst the
proposed powers in the new bill is one to tackle the problem of third party
damage to SSSIs. Owners and land managers of SSSIs around the country are
often faced with the problem of third parties damaging the wildlife on
their sites. Incidents include off-road motor cycling, arson,
abandonment of vehicles
and fly tipping. These new powers would mean that
any third party found damaging
any SSSI would be committing an offence under
the law and liable to prosecution.
Currently, English Nature has to apply
for a Nature Conservation
Order under Section 29 of the Wildlife &
Countryside Act for the
SSSI before action can be taken against third
parties who damage SSSIs.
Off-road motorcycling has damaged large areas of several SSSIs over recent
months including two important heathlands - Broadmoor to Bagshot Woods
and Heaths in east Berkshire and Kings and Bakers Woods and Heaths in Bedfordshire.
Parts of these two sites which should be brimming with purple heather,
woodlarks, nightjars, moths and reptiles have been reduced to a lunar landscape
of bare earth and mud by continuous motorcycle scrambling.
Notes for editors:
of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) are the best wildlife and
geological sites in England,
selected by English Nature and protected by law
(currently the Wildlife
& Countryside Act 1981). SSSIs are geographically
spread throughout the country,
and cover about 7% of England (approx. 1
million hectares). They
are there to protect the most important and
threatened parts of our
are 4,081 SSSIs in England, which are owned and managed by
32,772 people or organisations,
the majority of whom English Nature works
closely with to secure effective
land management for wildlife. As some
people have an interest
in more than one site this means that the 4,081
SSSIs have 25,237 different
owners and occupiers. (Figures: December 1999).
further information about English Nature, visit our website
of the new Countryside and Rights of Way Bill can be accessed
via the internet on http://www.parliament.uk
For further information:
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COUNTRYSIDE BILL PASSES SECOND
On Monday 20th March the
Countryside Bill received its second reading in
the House of Commons.
Standing committees are made
up of MPs with representation from each
party proportional to party
representation in the House of Commons.
of the Countryside Bill Committee, announced yesterday, are:
CANDY ATHERTON, Falmouth
and Cambourne, Labour
DAVID BORROW, South Ribble,
HELEN BRINTON, Peterborough,
HUW EDWARDS, Monmouth, Labour
JAMES GRAY, Wiltshire N,
DAMIAN GREEN, Ashford, Conservative
DAVID HEATH, Somerset and
Frome, Liberal Democrat
KEVIN HUGHES, Doncaster,
Labour (Government Whip)
DAVID KIDNEY, Stafford,
DAVID LEPPER, Brighton Pavillion,
ELFYN LLWYD, Meirionnydd,
CHRIS MCCAFFERTY, Calder
ANNE MCINTOSH, York, Labour
MICHAEL MEACHER, Oldham
West and Royton, Labour
CHRIS MULLIN, Sunderland
DENIS MURPHY, Wansbeck,
JAMES PAICE, Cambs SE, Conservative
GORDON PRENTICE, Pendle,
TERRY ROONEY, Bradford,
NICHOLAS SOAMES, Sussex
GARETH THOMAS, Clwyd West,
MARK TODD, Derbyshire S,
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the Sites of Special Scientific Interest using this link:
of the Earth SSSI Navigator
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hand to answer questions.
Please send in any details
of local events.
& Hove has applied for City status because the Councillors think
that their towns (Hove has always been more of an adjunct to Brighton)
are important places, and together with other applicants like Wolverhampton
and Swindon, want their status upgraded in the footsteps of Sunderland
that was made a city recently.
This is not a particularly
new idea. In the 13th century, the important towns wanted to be made into
Boroughs so they could collect taxes and be represented by two Members
1295 Shoreham was made a Borough.
1295: Richard de Beauchamp and Thomas Pontoyse are the first Members
of Parliament (until 1885) for New Schoreham.
1296, 90 taxpayers resided in the Shoreham.
1703 A great storm
shattered the town of Shoreham. This major storm of 26 November caused
destruction on the English Channel coast of England killing over 8000 people.
just over 100 years the longshore drift had deflected the harbour entrance
3 miles to the east of New Shoreham.
(George, the Prince Regent commissioned the Pavilion in the village of
Brighthelmstone, thus assuring the emergence of nearby Brighton as a premier
tourist resort. He was crowned as King George IV in 1820 and visited Brighton
until 1827. From 1796 to 1815 England was at war with Napoleon and troops
were stationed at Brighton. Sea bathing became important for Brighton as
a tourist resort from about 1736. 1754, Richard Russell, the author
of a treatise on the health benefits of seawater, settled in Brighton to
put his theories into practice, initiating the vogue of sea bathing. In
1783, George, the Prince Regent first visited Brighton.)
1885 By the
Redistribution of Seats Act 1885, Shoreham ceased to be represented by
Members of Parliament, after 590 years, since 1295.
History of Shoreham-by-Sea