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.

COVID-19 Restrictions

Please stay local to where you live and enjoy your local wildlife, do not travel to our nature reserves.

We would ask that all visitors follow strict social distancing guidelines during their visit to ensure their safety and the safety of those around them. The bird watching hide and Horsebox Cafe are closed. Thank you for you co-operation.

More information on Sussex Wildlife Trust’s response to the Coronavirus can be found here


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. 

The Horsebox Cafe is currently closed and will re-open in the spring.

Sorry no dogs (except assistance dogs).


Current volunteering opportunities

News from Woods Mill

    • Christmas & New Year

      Christmas & New Year

      Season’s greetings to all of Sussex Wildlife Trust’s members and supporters.

    • Ancient Woodland

      Ancient Woodland

      Sussex has large areas of ancient woodland i.e. woodland that has existed since at least 1600 CE, with some pre-existing this arbitrary benchmark. Sussex Wildlife Trust is lucky enough to manage a small part of this

    • 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.

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