What you might see

From April to June listen to the fantastic song of the nightingale. This bird has migrated from Africa to find a mate and raise its young. A secretive bird, it has the ability to throw its song into a bush nowhere near where it actually is, catching many bird watchers out. This species is in serious decline and at Woods Mill nature reserve we manage the hedgerows and blocks of scrub to benefit this melodious bird.

With so many waterbodies and streams found at Woods Mill it is a great place to look for dragonflies and damselflies. Dragonflies such as the broad-bodied chaser can be seen clash­ing over the lake fighting for supremacy while the beautiful demoiselle gently floats through the dappled shade of Hoe Wood. The beautiful demoiselle will occasionally sit on a leaf waiting for unsuspecting prey.

Barn owls, great spotted woodpecker and kingfisher are some of the more colourful and easy to identify birds that live here.

little grebe / David Plummer

litte grebe / David Plummer



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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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