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



Woods Mill Warden

Our Woods Mill Warden is on site during the summer months to answer your questions and run some Family Wildlife Activities, such as pond-dipping and meadow sweeps.

Activity times on these days are usually 11am-12 noon & 2pm-3pm. Click here for dates of Warden activities at Woods Mill.

Woods Mill Eco Hut is open weekdays from 9am to 4pm, the Eco Garden is open all the time.

Current volunteering opportunities

News from Woods Mill

    • Barn Owl breeding success

      Barn Owl breeding success

      It’s been six years in waiting, but Woods Mill once again rejoices in the successful breeding of a pair of barn owls.

    • All Aboard!

      All Aboard!

      Thanks to Southern Transit, special branded buses are in service encouraging people to ‘get closer to nature’.

    • App explorers

      App explorers

      A number of routes around Sussex Wildlife Trust nature reserves are now available on the ViewRanger app

    • The birds of Woods Mill

      The birds of Woods Mill

      Even allowing for rapidly soaring temperatures throughout the month, Woods Mill has been a hive of avian activity.

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