Woods Mill

A mixture of wetland and woodland habitats. Headquarters of the Sussex Wildlife Trust.

Woods Mill is the headquarters of Sussex Wildlife Trust and an environmental education centre. Woods Mill is a prime example of what the wider countryside once contained. Visitors can walk past the old ponds and lake, through the ancient woodland, alongside the streams and waterways into the unimproved meadows with their wild hedgerows – habitats all contained within its 47 acres. This variety of habitat attracts an impressive number of species including mammals, insects, amphibians and birds.

Woods Mill Nature Reserve is open throughout the year, with a car park and toilets. There is no charge but donations are welcome.

With the support of Scottish Power Foundation essential repairs and conservation work will be happening around Woods Mill nature reserve this summer. The work is scheduled to start from the 6 August 2018 and there will be some disruption. It might mean some paths closed or diverted at time. Please look out for on-site information. Thank you for your co-operation.


Woods Mill at 50

This year is the 50th anniversary of the opening of Woods Mill nature reserve. Throughout 2018 and 2019 we are celebrating with a series of wildlife walks, talks and events. All these events will be free thanks to generous support from the ScottishPower Foundation.

Find out more about Woods Mill at 50



Woods Mill Warden

Our Woods Mill Warden is on site during the summer months to answer your questions and run some Family Wildlife Activities, such as pond-dipping and meadow sweeps.

Activity times on these days are usually 11am-12 noon & 2pm-3pm. Click here for dates of Warden activities at Woods Mill.

Woods Mill Eco Hut is open weekdays from 9am to 4pm, the Eco Garden is open all the time.

Current volunteering opportunities

News from Woods Mill

    • Willow Emerald Damselfly

      Willow Emerald Damselfly

      Commoner species of late summer dragonfly abound, but amongst the Darters and Hawkers may be the rare, slender metallic form of the Willow Emerald Damselfly.

    • Brown Hairstreak

      Brown Hairstreak

      The Brown Hairstreak is the largest of the UK’s five native Hairstreak species. Now is a great time to spot this most elusive of Butterflies at Woods Mill.

    • Wasp Spiders

      Wasp Spiders

      The world of invertebrates is a strange one indeed. Full of illusion and deception, things are often not as they seem and a prime example of this is mimicry.

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