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.


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News from Woods Mill

    • If you build it, they will come

      If you build it, they will come

      Around four years ago, we attempted to rejuvenate one of the fields at Woods Mill​ into something less grass dominated and more meadow-like. A sign that a project like this has become really successful though is when host-specific invertebrates turn up to feed on the their food plants.

    • Nightingales

      Nightingales

      When it comes to birdsong, the nightingale is a world famous virtuoso with a voice so powerful, melodious and varied that few other species can match it.

    • What are the chalkboards at Woods Mill?

      What are the chalkboards at Woods Mill?

      We’re delighted that Woods Mill was chosen as one of Horsham District Council’s Year of culture “Hidden Gems”. To celebrate, we’ve put up a number of nature-related quotations around Woods Mill. Do come and have a hunt for them #HDYOC19

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