This is the first published
Electronic Newspaper for
Shoreham-by-Sea and the
Adur Valley & District, West Sussex, England
23 September 2001: Volume 3 Issue 31
Museum will be closing on Saturday 29 September 2001 and will not be opening
until 2003. This is because of the building of the new adjunct at the rear.
The new community education
booth was officially opened this morning by Adur Council leader Don Phillips.
Also amongst those present were MP Tim Laughton & Councillor Tony Nicklen.
More details will appear
in my September
Lagoon page (by Ray Hamblett)
Downs National Park : Proposed Area
on the URL for the complete map
Sussex County Council announce most paths are now open, unless they are
inhabited or used by farm livestock, or farm animals are nearby.
path from Old Shoreham is officially
send any comments to: Andy Horton
White Butterflies and one Small
White arrive to feed on the Verbena
bonariensis in the warm south-facing front garden, on an overcast day
with similar numbers as seen on most sunny days.
Admiral prefers the Buddleia in the back
garden. A Comma Butterfly
settles on the leaves of the Hawthorn tree.
the last week a Robin
and two Blue Titmice
(feathered birds) have
around the garden. (TQ 185 045)
Nature & History - September 2001 Newsletter
went for an extended look in the early evening at half-tide over the River
Adur estuary between the Railway Viaduct and the Old Toll Bridge, which
is the best viewing area. This was just in case the reported Osprey
did turn up. I did not expect it to but I thought I would use the opportunity
to have a good look around. The sentinel Redshanks
quickly sounded an alarm call. The Mute
Swans (20+) were the largest but the most
spectacular birds present were a pair of Grey
Herons that loomed large in the binoculars.
The number of birds was not particularly large but the variety was better
than a town garden after I adjusted by eyes to the mudflats and the rather
sombre colours on a clear day with sun low in the sky after 6 o'clock.
Gulls and waders predominated. Almost all the hundreds of gulls were Black-headed
Gulls, (200+) all with distinctive red legs, with an occasional Herring
Gull and just a solitary Great
Black-backed Gull on a pole. The Redshanks
numbered about 20, and the largest flocks wheeling around were the probing
Some still had their black belly of their summer plumage. I
have always noticed that the estuarine Ringed
Plovers (35+) seem to look plumper than
the ones on the shingle of Shoreham
Beach. The larger Lapwings
(25+) had not yet arrived in their normal
large flocks. On the green Sea Purslane
vegetation a pair of Crows were
intent on searching for food.
has been reported to Sussex
Ornithological Society from the River Adur near Shoreham Airport at
was on the east side of the river about that time, and I did not see this
raptor despite looking and having my binoculars. The sun was low in the
sky and it was about half tide (3.5 metres).
captivate the outskirts of Lancing Clump with
their twittering melody and when seen their pretty appearance stands out
from the still lush vegetation.
Chart forecasted a 7 metre tide at Shoreham,
which is about 0.5 metre higher than the highest tides forecasted for the
1970s. The River Adur lapped at the sea walls but
there was no likelihood of a breach. The tide rose to within about 0.5
metre of the highest I have observed in February 1983.
Egret was feeding in the shallows which
were much nearer the bank than usual and it flew low over the river to
the airfield towpath on the opposite side of the river.
to Egrets at Thorney Island (1999)
day the numbers of House Martins
seem to escalate and by early evening, the hundreds turning to over a thousand
in Shoreham and Lancing, and in Shoreham Town Centre, especially around
Mary's Church, they put on a spectacular aerobatic show, swooping low,
all prior to their migration.
There is a considerable
amount of silt on Kingston Beach. The tide went
out a very long way below the Chart Datum
marker, the foot of the Thru'penny Bit (Harbour Control) was exposed, and
the thick mud was nearly dangerous, in most parts the boots would sink
below ankle depth in black smelly mud.
1 metre above Chart Datum, Kingston Beach
The conditions were unsuitable
for prawning. In spring this mud gets scoured away and it usually arrives
as a result of harbour dredging. In the upper-mid shore pools underneath
the groynes, there was a solitary juvenile Ballan
Wrasse and small prawns.
Information Booth at Widewater Lagoon is officially
opened by Tim Laughton MP (East Worthing & Shoreham). It contains a
picture display and information by Ray
Hamblett and Steve Barker.
Lagoon page (by Ray Hamblett).
distinctive red legs of a returning Redshank
out clearly in the fading light at the low spring tide on the estuarine
mud bank of the River Adur underneath from the Footbridge
crossing the river at Coronation Green, Shoreham.
I have difficulty in separating
and House Martins with
hundreds performing aerial acrobatics over Shoreham Beach including Widewater,
where they were particularly common, numbering over several hundreds. However,
today they were flying so low and so close that at times I was able to
look down on them and it is then that their white upper midriff of the
Martins become clear.
Nature & History - September 2001 Newsletter
Ring Photographic Gallery for July
are lines 112-114a of The Wanderer and
may be rendered as follows:
bith se the his treowe gehealdeth--ne sceal naefre his torn to rycene,
of his breostum acythan, nemthe he aer tha bote cunne,
mid elne gefremman.
is he who keeps his troth. Never must a warrior too hastily express his
heart's wrath, unless he, the eorl, knows first how to effect its cure
"Anglo-Saxon Elegiac Verse" (LJR, Cambridge, 1993).
the senses are shaken, and the soul is driven to madness... when
souls of the oppressed fight in the troubled air that rages... O who
probably do have the pre-English name of the Adur recorded in the Ravenna
Cosmography as 'Nuba' / 'Novia' (see Rivet & Smith pp. 426-7),
most likely a British *_nouia:_ 'new, fresh, lively'. (Paul Cullen).
(for Nova R&C 68) is a settlement name derived from the name of the
river. Both the Adur and the Cuckmere are candidates for Ptolemy's Kainos
Limen (Novus Portus) and Ravenna's river Novia (R&C 267). The Ouse
can be precluded because the settlement Mutuantonis (R&C 69 (Lewes?)),
is easily related to Midewinde, the earlier river-name.
Roman Map of Britain
Britannia in the Ravenna
The ‘Cosmography’ written
by an unknown author in Ravenna during the early eighth century has never
been fully explored as a source of Roman toponymy. This is especially true
in Britain, which is less well served than many other parts of the empire
by Roman-period geographers. Full of corruptions, with little evident logic
in its ordering of names, the Cosmography has always been regarded as less
useful than Ptolemy’s
Geography, the Antonine
Itinerary or the Peutinger Table in providing the names of places,
rivers and islands for Britain in the Roman period. However, of all the
ancient geographical sources relating to Britain, it contains more names
than any other and this fact alone should encourage us to examine it in
Dignitatum (Vortigern Link)
Roads in Britain
years ago on 3 September 1651, the Battle of Worcester
King Charles II was on
the run before finally escaping from near
Shoreham on 15 October 1651.
of the Week
| hrLndLn, hrLndLn | a. & n. M19. [f. L hirundo swallow + -INE1.]
A adj. Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a swallow. M19. B n. A bird
of the swallow family Hirundinidae. L20
from The Oxford Interactive Encyclopedia
by The Learning Company, Inc. Copyright (c) 1997 TLC Properties Inc.
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