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.

Pop-up Cafe at Woods Mill

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News from Woods Mill

    • When trees could speak

      When trees could speak

      Fern the Folklorogist is coming to Woods Mill nature reserve, near Henfield in October as part of the Shoreham Wordfest.

    • Summer Holiday Clubs 2019

      Summer Holiday Clubs 2019

      Sussex Wildlife Trust is leading fun-packed outdoor activity days for children across the county throughout the school holidays.

    • Bank voles

      Bank voles

      The staff garden at Woods Mill is home to a healthy population of bank voles.

    • 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.

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