Woods Mill

A mixture of wetland and woodland habitats. Headquarters of the Sussex Wildlife Trust. Please note that dogs (except assistance dogs) are not allowed at Woods Mill nature reserve at any time.

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, bike racks and toilets. There is no charge but donations are welcome. 

The Horsebox Cafe is currently closed.

Sorry no dogs (except assistance dogs).

Tree Safety Work at Woods Mill nature reserve complete

Safety work has now been completed, involving removing dangerous trees. This relates to Ash Dieback

A lot of the trees have been left on the ground and will be allowed to slowly rot down, which will add to the biodiversity of the woodland.

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Reserve size:
19 hectares

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Be tick aware

Be tick aware

Now summer is here it is a good time to brush up on your knowledge of ticks, where they live and what sensible precautions you can take.

Please don't feed the ducks

Please don't feed the ducks

Sussex Wildlife Trust is urging people to please stop feeding the ducks at Woods Mill nature reserve because excess bread is polluting the lake and harming wildlife.

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