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


Current volunteering opportunities

News from Woods Mill

    • Cetti's Warbler

      Cetti's Warbler

      Cetti’s Warbler can be a frustratingly difficult bird to see - always on the move and often close to the ground. The thinning vegetation makes now a great time to try and spot one at Woods Mill.

    • A loveliness of ladybirds

      A loveliness of ladybirds

      Have you spotted lots of ladybirds recently? Ladybirds tend to gather together at this time of year, looking for cracks and crevices to hibernate.

    • European Hornets

      European Hornets

      There’s little doubt that the European hornet is a rather fearsome looking insect. But this ferocious exterior betrays a species that is in fact rarely aggressive.

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