Latest report(as reported to the press).

Dear Sirs, the Friends of Tide Mills have just completed their April meeting, in still slightly chilly but at least dry weather. 20 of us collected 8 bags of assorted litter and other various bits and pieces.  The whole area is looking fantastic, with Spring well and truly upon us- marvelous.


Our Ringed Plover nesting signs remain in place, again we ask that disturbance of the marked area is kept to a minimum, to help these amazing little birds successfully breed again.


Very shortly we are attending a meeting with ESCC to discuss, and hopefully persuade, to not proceed with the planned Port Access Road, which, in our and many others opinion is not necessary and a complete waste of scarce public funds. This road will see heavy goods vehicles routed over a bridge and into Tide Mills itself- this much loved peaceful open space that we have all come to value deeply.


Our next Friends meeting is Sunday 21st. May, meeting between 10 and 12, we congregate at the waymarker at the beach end of the old Village Road. More members are always welcome to our little band, no matter how much time can be spared.


Many thanks,


Jim Skinner, Chair.

Litter Recovery data

The following is the result of the efforts put in by our little group, come and join in and see the change

Meeting Date
 Number of Volunteers
 Sacks of Rubbish Collected
2009 Monthly Average
 13
 13
2010 Monthly Average
 13
 16
2011 Monthly Average
 14
 18
2012 monthly ave.
 13
 18
2013 monthly ave.  
 14
 14
2014 monthly ave.  
 18
 16 + some larger items
2015 monthly ave.    
 16
 10 + some larger items
2016 January 17th
 11
 11 + numerous larger items
2016 February 21st
 19
 17 + some larger items
2016 March 20th
 20
 19 + some larger items
2016 April 17th
 21
 21 + a few larger items
2016 May 15th 
 19
 13 + a few larger items
2016 June 19th
 18
 6 + a few larger items
2016 July 17th
 15
 6 + a few larger items
2016 August 21st  
 19
 9 + a few larger items
2016 September 18th
 12
 6 + a few larger items
2016 October 16th 
 12
 7 + a few larger items
2016 November 20th
  6
  unknown
2016 December 18th
 25
 20 + large pile of other items(see picture)
2017 January 15th
 10
 10
2017 February 19th
 23
 12
2017 March 19th
 18
 8
2017 April 16th
 20
 8

News

Just to pass on the exciting news that the rare butterfly the "Long-Tailed Blue" has been seen flying on the Tidemills Nature Reserve. A report features on the Sussex Butterflies Sightings page (with pictures for Saturday September 19th 2015).

Tide Mills  - bird species list 2105

The following list of bird species for Tide Mills is based on regular visitor records but  it should be stressed is non scientific and purely based on observation.


The aim is to inform visitors to the area and hopefully enhance enjoyment.


The list is split into the seasons of the year and, where appropriate,  location within Tide Mills where the species are most likely to be seen. We hope you find it of interest. Other observations and comment are welcome.


1. SPRING- March, April, May.


1.1 Migrant species.


Wheatear, Sand Martin, Swallow, House Martin, Willow Warbler, Chiff Chaff, Whitethroat, Avocet, Sanderling, Common Sandpiper


1.2 Resident species.


Skylark, Linnet, Stonechat, Goldfinch, Kestrel


1.3 Offshore species.


Sandwich and Common Terns, Great and Artic Skua, Common Scoter, Brent Geese


2. SUMMER- June, July, August.


2.1 Breeding Species.


Whitethroat, Stonechat, Rock Pipit, Linnet, Greenfinch, Ringed Plover, Skylark


2.2 Early returning migrants.


Common Swift, Willow Warbler, Wheatear, Whinchat, Sand Martin


3. Autumn- September, October, November


3.1 Autumn migrants.


Wheatear, Whinchat, Chiff Chaff, Blackcap, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Common Redstart, Hobby, Meadow Pipit, Dunlin, Knot, Godwit (both species), Common Sandpiper


3.2 Autumn Flocks.


Lapwing, Curlew,  Redshank, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Linnet


3.3 Off shore


Sandwich Tern, Common Tern


4. WINTER- December, January, February.


Newhaven East Pier. Purple Sandpiper, Turnstone


Mill Pond, Beach. Ringed Plover


Mill Pond, Mill Creek. Redshank, Dunlin, Kingfisher, Teal, Little Egret, Shelduck, Little Grebe


Newhaven Harbour. Iceland Gull, Glaucous Gull, Shag, Cormorant


Port Industrial Area. Black Redstart


Off Shore. Great Crested grebe, Diver (all 3 species), Cormorant


Previous reports.

19th March 2017

Dear Sirs, the Friends of Tide Mills have just completed their March meeting. As last month, in rather blustery weather (of course to be expected this time of year), 18 of us collected 8 sacks of rubbish.

Generally the whole area remains in very good order, lets hope we can keep it that way now that spring is imminent (we hope). We know that many people help in this work, just casually and without fuss- we appreciate the effort that is undoubtedly put in, fantastic, and very heartening.

The first sign of emerging vegetated shingle plants is now very much in evidence. The bird nesting warning signs for the forthcoming breeding season are now installed. As always with these signs, if visitors could minimise disturbance (including of course their dogs) of the signed area that would be appreciated by not just us, but the birds as well.

On a more serious note, your readers may be aware of ESCC intention to build a heavy goods vehicle road bridge and road over the railway line and Mill Creek, to provide an alternative road into the port. With this goes the possibility of non port traffic into Tide Mills itself. Needless to say we are extremely concerned about this proposal and are endeavouring to seek clarification from ESCC currently. It seems neither the port authority or any other developer has a particular, pressing, interest in this project, which makes the whole thing look like a waste of many millions of pounds. We are currently requesting a review of the project.


We meet from 10 - 12 on every third Sunday of the month and always welcome new members to our happy little band. Our next, April meeting is on the 16th.

More information from me at [email protected]

Thank you. 

19th February 2017

Dear Sirs, the Friends of Tide Mills have just completed their February meeting. In not brilliant weather (of course to be expected this time of year), an amazing 23 of us (including several very welcome new faces) collected 12 sacks of rubbish, which is not too bad at all thankfully


Generally the whole area remains in very good order, lets hope we can keep it that way as we move into spring. We know that many people help in this work, just casually and without fuss- we appreciate the effort that is undoubtedly put in, fantastic, and very heartening.


The first sign of emerging vegetated shingle plants is now very much in evidence, and to reinforce the much awaited arrival of spring we have reinstalled the bird nesting warning signs for the forthcoming breeding season- enough to lift everybodys spirits! As always with these signs, if visitors could mimimise disturbance (including of course their dogs) of the signed area that would be appreciated by not just us, but the birds as well.


On a more serious note, your readers may be aware of ESCC intention to build a heavy goods vehicle road bridge and road over the railway line and Mill Creek, to provide an alternative road into the port. With this goes the possibility of non port traffic into Tide Mills itself. Needless to say we are extremely concerned about this proposal and are endeavouring to seek clarification from ESCC currently. It seems neither the port authority or any other developer has a particular, pressing, interest in this project, which makes the whole thing look like a waste of many millions of pounds.


We meet from 10 - 12 on every third Sunday of the month and always welcome new members to our happy little band.


More information from me at [email protected]


Thank you.

15th January 2017

Dear Sirs, the Friends of Tide Mills have just completed their first meeting of 2017. In not very kind weather 10 of us collected 10 sacks of rubbish, as normal most of this was blown in from the sea.


Generally the whole area is in very good order, lets hope we can keep it that way into the spring. We know that many people help in this work, just casually and without fuss- we appreciate the effort that is undoubtedly put in, fantastic, and very heartening.


The first sign of emerging vegetated shingle plants is now evident, and our next meeting, Sunday the 19th of February, will confirm that Spring will soon follow when we will be re installing the bird nesting warning signs for the forthcoming breeding season- enough to lift everybodys spirits!


We meet from 10 - 12 on every third Sunday of the month and always welcome new members to our happy little band.

18th December 2016

Dear Sirs,  The Friends of Tide Mills met on Sunday 18th December and had what proved to be a record breaking event- 25 (the highest number ever) of us collected nearly a record amount of rubbish- three large stockpiles of bulky, mainly fishing industry related discard (nets, fish baskets, line etc.), and 20 sacks worth of smaller items.


Almost all of the items recovered have undoubtedly blown in off the sea, proving, once again, those who make their living from the sea appear to be the main dumpers into it- this is of course shameful.


The photo (taken by member David Turvey) gives an idea of how much we collected. On a much more cheerful note we were joined by two new members, we all then participated in our annual Christmas Picnic, to celebrate the end of another very successful year in helping to preserve this fantastic area of open space on our doorstep.


Our next and first meeting of 2017 is taking place Sunday the 15th of January (which is always the third Sunday of the month), 10 til 12, meeting at the old village beach road waymarker.


We always welcome new members to our friendly little band, no matter how much time can be spared- the more we are the easier it is to ensure Tide Mills stays cared for and how we all like to see it.


20th November 2016

Dear Sirs,  despite the weather (on Sunday 20th November) and in fact at the last minute deciding to cancel our meeting- 6 very intrepid members of our little band nonetheless still came along and collected some rubbish from Tide Mills.


It is always a great surprise when our members come along under such conditions, fantastic.


Our next meeting is taking place Sunday the 18th of December (which is always the third Sunday of the month), 10 til 12, meeting at the old village beach road waymarker. After this meeting we will be having our Christmas Picnic, to which all our members, including those we don't see so often these days, are warmly invited.


We always welcome new members to our friendly little band, no matter how much time can be spared- the more we are the easier it is to ensure Tide Mills stays cared for and how we all like to see it.

16th October 2016

Dear Sirs, in very challenging conditions, 12 Friends of Tide Mills have just completed their October meeting.


7 sacks worth of rubbish were recovered, plus a few larger items- not too bad, lets hope this relatively clean state of affairs continues now.

Its a real shame that dogs mess remains the persistent problem that it is, but that is down to the dog owners, not the dogs. Tide Mills is such a valuable gem for everybody to share and enjoy, why won't these inconsiderate individuals not see this????


Our next meeting is taking place Sunday the 20th of November (which is always the third Sunday of the month), 10 til 12, meeting at the old village beach road waymarker.


We always welcome new members to our friendly little band, no matter how much time can be spared- the more we are the easier it is to ensure Tide Mills stays cared for and how we all like to see it.


18th September 2016

Dear Sirs,  12 Friends of Tide Mills have just completed their September meeting. 


6 sacks worth of rubbish were liberated from this special place this month, plus a few larger items, which is not too bad given we are presumably through the height of the summer season now.


Regular visitors will once again be able to savour the quiet return to normality and calm once again, marvelous.....


Our next meeting is taking place Sunday the 16th of October (which is always the third Sunday of the month), 10 til 12, meeting at the old village beach road waymarker.


We always welcome new members to our friendly little band, no matter how much time can be spared- the more we are the easier it is to ensure Tide Mills stays cared for and how we all like to see it.


21st August 2016

Dear Sirs,  19 Friends of Tide Mills have just completed a very successful August meeting. 


We collected just 9 sacks worth of rubbish, plus a few larger items, which is very heartening for all of us, especially given the ferocity of the gale on Saturday. A few pieces of Palm Oil were also collected, which visitors need to be mindful of as Palm Oil is known to poison animals, particularly dogs.


After our meeting we enjoyed our Annual Summer Picnic, which is always something we look forward to.


Our Ringed Plover nesting signs for this year's breeding season have now been recovered, unfortunately we think there have been no attempts at breeding this year. There has also been no sign of Wheatears nesting. This is disappointing but possibly due to the wet and relatively cold June earlier on. 


Our next meeting is taking place Sunday the 18th of September, 10 til 12, meeting at the old village beach road waymarker. 


We always welcome new members to our friendly little band, no matter how much time can be spared- the more we are the easier it is to ensure Tide Mills stays how we all like to see it.



17th July 2016

Dear Sirs,  15 Friends of Tide Mills have just completed their July meeting. 


We collected just 6 sacks worth of rubbish this time, plus a few larger items, which is very heartening for all of us. As always we do thank all visitors who help us in this effort, who both take home their own litter and in picking up extra items as well.


The vegetated shingle plants continue to flower which transforms the whole area magnificently.The birds are in full song and hopefully are enjoying a very succesful breeding season.


Our Ringed Plover nesting signs for this year's breeding season remain in place, these can be seen just to the Seaford side of the old village and close to the tidal lagoon. As always we respectfully ask that disturbance within this area is minimised during the mating and fledging season March to July. We will recover the signs in August.


Our next meeting is taking place Sunday the 21st of August, 10 til 12, meeting at the old village beach road waymarker. We will afterwards be having our annual Summer Picnic, which is always very much looked forward to. 


We always welcome new members to our friendly little band, no matter how much time can be spared- the more we are the easier it is to ensure Tide Mills stays how we all like to see it.


19th June 2016

Dear Sirs,  18 Friends of Tide Mills have just completed their latest, June, meeting. 


We collected just 6 sacks worth of rubbish this time, plus a few larger items. Now we are entering hopefully a more settled spell of weather (not before time) we will be able to say Tide Mills is back to its very best.  Many thanks again to all visitors who help us in this effort.


The vegetated shingle plants are now  in full flower which transforms the whole area magnificently.The birds are in full song and hopefully having a very succesful breeding season.


Our Ringed Plover nesting signs for this year's breeding season remain in place, these can be seen just to the Seaford side of the old village and close to the tidal lagoon. As always we respectfully ask that disturbance within this area is minimised during the mating and fledging season March to July. We will recover the signs in August.


Readers and visitors may be wondering on the status of the replacement level crossing at Bishopstone, which is the main Tide Mills entry point for many. Network Rail indicated last year that the new crossing would be in place this last April, it now seems that the South Downs National Park Authority lodged an objection to the NR proposal which NR are still considering. Warning sirens have just recently been installed which should make for a safer crossing than presently- it is not known presently whether these are all NR are intending. We have requested the SDNP Authority to seek clarification from NR as soon as possible.


Given the recent fatality the level crossing upgrade is obviously a major concern.


Our next meeting is taking place Sunday the 17th of July, 10 til 12, meeting at the old village beach road waymarker. All are very welcome to come along, no matter how much time can be spared- the more we are the easier it is to ensure Tide Mills stays how we all like to see it.


15th May 2016 

Dear Sirs, 19 Friends of Tide Mills have just completed their latest, May, meeting. This meeting co-incided with "National Mills" day which hopefully enabled more visitors than normal to learn about our little group.


We collected 13 sacks worth of rubbish this time, plus a few larger items. We are still finding litter left over from the winter, but continue to make progress in clearing it. Many thanks again to all to help us in this effort.


The vegetated shingle plants are now starting to emerge, in a few weeks they will be in full flower which transforms the whole area magnificently.


Our Ringed Plover nesting signs for this year's breeding season remain in place, these can be seen just to the Seaford side of the old village and close to the tidal lagoon. As always we respectfully ask that disturbance within this area is minimised during the mating and fledging season March to July. We will recover the signs in August.


Our next meeting is taking place Sunday the 19th of June, 10 til 12, meeting at the old village beach waymarker. All are very welcome to come along, no matter how much time can be spared- the more we are the quicker it will be to get Tide Mills back to how we all like to see it.


17th April 2016

Dear Sirs, in glorious weather 21 Friends of Tide Mills have just completed their latest, April, meeting. We were very pleased to welcome two visitors from Yorkshire and four members of the local Surfing community, all very much enjoying their time with us.


We continue to make progress in the battle to clear the litter of the winter storms. This is in no small part due to both our efforts and, as importantly, others who take it on themselves to help clear litter when they visit this special place. If everyone took home, or binned, just one piece of litter whenever they visit, what a continuous and significant difference this would make. To those who do, good on you, and many thanks indeed.


We collected 21 sacks worth of rubbish this time, plus a few larger items.


The vegetated shingle plants are now starting to emerge, in a few weeks they will be in full flower which transforms the whole area magnificently.


Our Ringed Plover nesting signs for this year's breeding season remain in place, these can be seen just to the Seaford side of the old village and close to the tidal lagoon. As always we respectfully ask that disturbance within this area is minimised during the mating and fledging season March to July. We will recover the signs in August.


Our next meeting is taking place Sunday the 15th of May, 10 til 12, meeting at the old village beach waymarker. All are very welcome to come along, no matter how much time can be spared- the more we are the quicker it will be to get Tide Mills back to how we all like to see it.


20th March 2016

Dear Sirs, 20 members of the Friends of Tide Mills have just completed their latest, March, meeting.


We are very pleased to report that we feel, for the first time this year, to be making real progress in the battle to clear the litter of the winter storms- this is a great feeling. This achievement is in no small part due to both our efforts and, as importantly, others who take it on themselves to help clear litter when they visit this special place. Fantastic, thank you to all.


We collected 19 sacks worth of rubbish this time, plus a few larger items.


Our Ringed Plover nesting signs for this year's breeding season are now in place, these can be seen just to the Seaford side of the old village and close to the tidal lagoon. As always we respectfully ask that disturbance within this area is minimised during the mating and fledging season March to July. Installing these signs is an indication that at last Spring is just around the corner! We will recover the signs in August.


Our next meeting is taking place Sunday the 17th of April, 10 til 12, meeting at the old village beach waymarker. All are very welcome to come along, no matter how much time can be spared- the more we are the quicker it will be to get Tide Mills back to how we all like to see it.


21st February 2016

Dear Sirs, 19 members of the Friends of Tide Mills have just completed their February meeting, given the far from ideal conditions this is an amazing number of volunteers and just reinforces how much this special place is cared about.  We welcomed several new members, which is always heartening for us. 


As last month we are confronted by levels of litter we havn't witnessed for some considerable time- showing (if there was any doubt) how much litter dumping is still occurring in our seas, as the vast majority of the litter is undoubtedly being blown in to the beach rather than being casually discarded. We collected 17 sacks worth of rubbish this time, plus a few larger items.


We have also now re-installed our Ringed Plover nesting signs for this year's breeding season, these can be seen just to the Seaford side of the old village and close to the tidal lagoon. As always we respectfully ask that disturbance within this area is minimised during the mating and fledging season March to July. Installing these signs is an indication that at last Spring is just around the corner! We will recover the signs in August.


Our next meeting is taking place Sunday the 20th of March, 10 til 12, meeting at the old village beach waymarker. All are very welcome to come along, no matter how much time can be spared- the more we are the quicker it will be to get Tide Mills back to how we all like to see it.

24th January 2016

Dear Sirs, 11 members of the Friends of Tide Mills have just completed their January meeting. As last month we are confronted by levels of litter we haven't witnessed for some considerable time- showing (if there was any doubt) how much litter dumping is still occurring in our seas, as the vast majority of the litter is undoubtedly being blown in to the beach rather than being casually discarded. We collected 11 sacks worth of rubbish this time, plus any amount of larger items.


Our next meeting is taking place Sunday the 21st of February, 10 til 12, meeting at the old village beach waymarker. All are very welcome to come along, no matter how much time can be spared- the more we are the quicker it will be to get Tide Mills back to how we all like to see it.



20th December 2015

Dear Sirs, 19 members of the Friends of Tide Mills have just completed their December meeting. Due to these continuous gales we were confronted by levels of litter we havn't witnessed for some considerable time- it just goes to prove how much litter dumping is still occurring in our seas, as the vast majority of the litter is undoubtedly being blown in to the beach rather than being casually discarded. We collected 17 sacks worth of rubbish this time, which is significantly more than the average over the past 18 months or so. Needless to say it will take at least 2 more monthly clear ups to clear this litter, what a sad indictment to those who use the sea as a dustbin.


On a brighter note after our meeting we held our annual Christmas Picnic which as always was a very nice way to finish for the year. Please find the attached photograph taken by our good friend Mr David Turvey.


Our next, and first, meeting of 2016 is taking place Sunday the 24th of January.

15th 
November 2015

Dear Sirs, in the most difficult of weather conditions, 9 members of the Friends of Tide Mills have just completed their November meeting. In very tough weather we managed to remove 6 sacks worth of rubbish this time, which given the recent storms is very heartening.


Our next, and final, meeting of 2015 is taking place Sunday the 20th December, when we will be holding our annual Christmas Picnic to which all our members, old and new, are very welcome to come along to.


18th 
October 
2015

Dear Sirs,  Friends of Tide Mills has just completed its October meeting. 11 of us collected 7 bags of litter, continuing the gradual reduction that we have experienced over this year, which is obviously very heartening for us- this is undoubtedly due also in no small part  to the many visitors who, like us, want to see Tide Mills in its best light and well cared for and who make the time to help keep the area clear of rubbish. 


This joint effort makes all the difference and is essential to ensure Tide Mills continues to be this fantastic quiet space for all.  In terms of the new bird arrivals the first Redshanks can be seen on the Mill Creek feeding in the mud, a Turnstone was been seen patrolling the shoreline and Black Headed Gulls in winter plumage can be seen also on Mill Creek, along with Little Egrets. Oyster Catchers are also in the area.


The phase 1 port expansion work is scheduled to start 1st November when the reptile barriers are due to be replaced by permanent fencing. Access to the East Pier will be maintained during this work, unless for temporary safety reasons access is not possible due to plant movements. The plans for conservation improvements by way of mitigation of loss of open space continue to be developed, which we as the FOTM are very much involved with.


Next months meeting is Sunday the 15th November, always the third Sunday of the month. We meet between 10 and 12, but any time that can be spared is appreciated just the same. Tide Mills continues to need as many people as possible to help maintain it and care for it, you will be made most welcome if you do decide to join us in the bracing (and still free!) sea air.


20th September 2015

Dear Sirs,  11 Friends of Tide Mills have just completed their September meeting. Now that the main holiday season is behind us, the bird nesting signs are recovered and our winter bird visitors are starting to arrive we can see sure signs of the changing season. We collected just 9 bags this time which, as we have seen over the Summer is undoubtedly in no small part to the many visitors who, like us, want to see Tide Mills in its best light and well cared for and who make the time to keep the area clear of rubbish. 


This joint effort makes all the difference and is essential to ensure Tide Mills continues to be this fantastic quiet space for all.  In terms of the new bird arrivals the first Redshanks can be seen on the Mill Creek feeding in the mud, a Turnstone was been seen patrolling the shoreline and Black Headed Gulls in winter plumage can be seen also on Mill Creek, along with Little Egrets. Oyster Catchers are also in the area.


Next months meeting is Sunday the 18th October, always the third Sunday of the month. We meet between 10 and 12, but any time that can be spared is appreciated just the same. Tide Mills continues to need as many people as possible to help maintain it and care for it, you will be made most welcome if you do decide to join us in the bracing (and still free!) sea air.


16th August 2015

Dear Sirs,  12 Friends of Tide Mills have just completed their August meeting, very fortunately in very fine summer weather. As with previous months this year generally very little litter is being found, which given we are now in the height of the Summer season is very heartening indeed. We collected just 6 bags this time which undoubtedly is in no small part to the many visitors who, like us, want to see Tide Mills in its best light and well cared for and who make the time to keep the area clear of rubbish. 


This joint effort makes all the difference and is essential to ensure Tide Mills continues to be this fantastic quiet space for all.  


One or two illicit camps continue to appear, these are reported to NPP, the land owners, who do make clear no permission is given to camp anywhere down at Tide Mills.  This issue raises its head every year and regrettably seems to be getting worse. The main problems of course being litter rubbish left on site and personal hygiene leading to public health concerns. All the more frustrating is the availability of a perfectly fine campsite along at the Buckle. 


The whole area continues to look great, with a wonderful display of wild flowers and birds just now.  Encouragingly at least one pair of Ringed Plovers has fledged young, the Plover nesting signs hopefully have helped these little birds again this year- we thank everybody who avoid the signed area. We have now recovered the signs, and will re-erect them next February.


Visitors will also notice the reptile barrier towards the East Pier, this in preparation for phase one of the Port expansion proposals, the final decision of which is due imminently. The reptiles (grass snakes, slow worms, common lizard) are being trans-located elsewhere on site, over towards the old village in the bunded area. Additional features have been installed to encourage more of these creatures to breed.


The photograph (taken by one of members, Mr David Turvey) shows us enjoying our annual summer picnic after our meeting.


Next months meeting is Sunday the 20th September, always the third Sunday of the month. We meet between 10 and 12, but any time that can be spared is appreciated just the same. Tide Mills continues to need as many people as possible to help maintain it and care for it, you will be made most welcome if you do decide to join us in the bracing (and still free!) sea air.

19th July 2015

Dear Sirs,  17 Friends of Tide Mills have just completed their July meeting, the first of the school holiday season. Just 6 bags of general litter were collected this time round, we are very pleased to be able to report that so far the amount of litter remains relatively low across the whole of this fantastic area. 


This is in no small part to the many visitors who, like us, want to see Tide Mills in its best light and well cared for and who make the time to keep the area clear of rubbish. This joint effort makes all the difference and is essential to ensure Tide Mills continues to be this fantastic quiet space for all.  


One or two illicit camps have now taken place, which is a pity and not really practical due to there being no facilities whatsoever and the very fine campsite along at the Buckle. 


The whole area is currently looking great, with a wonderful display of wild flowers and birds just now.  Encouragingly at least one pair of Ringed Plovers may have fledged young, hopefully this will be confirmed next month.


Our next meeting is Sunday the 16th August (which will include our annual Summer Picnic), always the third Sunday of the month. We meet between 10 and 12, but any time that can be spared is appreciated just the same.


21st June 2015

Dear Sirs, 16 Friends of Tide Mills have just completed their June meeting. Just 4 bags of general litter were collected this time round, we are very pleased to report that so far this year the litter remains relatively low across the whole of the area. This is in no small part to the many visitors who, like us, want to see Tide Mills in its best light and well cared for and who make the time to keep the area clear of rubbish. This joint effort makes all the difference and is essential to ensure Tide Mills continues to be this fantastic quiet space for all.


The whole area is currently looking great, with a wonderful display of wild flowers and birds just now.


Our next meeting is Sunday the 19th July, always the third Sunday of the month. We meet between 10 and 12, but any time that can be spared is appreciated just the same.


17th May 2015

Dear Sirs, the Friends of Tide Mills has just completed its May meeting where 16 of us managed to collect 10 bags of general litter plus some larger items. The whole area is currently looking very pleasant, with vast amounts of sea kale growing this year.  Ringed Plovers can be seen towards the back of the beach, we are not sure about any chicks at the moment but hopefully this will be another successful year for these little birds. 


Our next meeting is Sunday the 21st June, always the third Sunday of the month. We meet between 10 and 12, but any time that can be spared is appreciated just the same.


19th April 2015

Dear Sirs, the Friends of Tide Mills has just completed it's April meeting, as last month, in a very bracing breeze to say the least. 18 (including several very welcome new members) of us managed a miserly 9 sacks of rubbish.


The whole area is very pleasingly almost completely clear of litter at the moment- long may this continue! If everybody could take home just one piece of litter what a major difference it would make. We are very grateful to all visitors to this special place who do undertake to do this and we know there are many who do. Many thanks to you all.


Our next meeting is Sunday the 17th of May (always the third Sunday of each month), meeting at 10am at the Waymarker adjacent to the beach at the road leading from the level crossing. 


Our meetings last nominally for two hours but all are welcome no matter how much time can be spared. Please do join us, we really are seeing major progress now in the care of this wonderful place.



15th March 2015

Dear Sirs, the Friends of Tide Mills has just completed it's March meeting, in a very bracing breeze to say the least. 19 (including two very welcome new members) of us managed 16 sacks of rubbish and various other larger items.


Our bird nesting signs erected in February are still in place which was very pleasing. Last year a pair of these little birds had their best Tide Mills breeding success that we know of, successfully raising several young. Obviously as these birds nest on the ground any disturbance is likely to cause breeding failure so we do ask that people, and dogs in particular, are kept from entering the breeding area. The signs will be recovered during the Summer and we hope this not a problem.


Our next meeting is Sunday the 19th of April (always the third Sunday of each month), meeting at 10am at the Waymarker adjacent to the beach at the road leading from the level crossing. 


Our meetings last nominally for two hours but all are welcome no matter how much time can be spared. Please do join us, we really are seeing major progress now in the care of this wonderful place.

15th February 2015

Dear Sirs, the Friends of Tide Mills has just completed it's February meeting. 21 of us collected 16 sacks of rubbish and also erected 6 Ringed Plover nesting warning signs to the Seaford side of the old village. 


Last year a pair of these little birds had their best Tide Mills breeding success that we know of, successfully raising several young. Obviously as these birds nest on the ground any disturbance is likely to cause breeding failure so we do ask that people, and dogs in particular, are kept from entering the breeding area. The signs will be recovered during the Summer and we hope this not a problem.


To date we have still received no further information regarding Network Rail's proposal to replace the existing kissing gates over the railway line with some sort of bridge.


Our next meeting is Sunday the 15th of March (always the third Sunday of each month), meeting at 10am at the Waymarker adjacent to the beach at the road leading from the level crossing. 


Our meetings last nominally for two hours but all are welcome no matter how much time can be spared. Please do join us, we really are seeing major progress now in the care of this wonderful place.


18th January 2015

Dear Sirs, an amazing 20 members of the Friends of Tide Mills, including 3 new members, in the cold and damp, has just held its first meeting of 2015. 12 sacks of rubbish were collected, plus many larger, bulkier items washed ashore as a result of the recent spate of gales.


For 20 people to appear on such a cold and damp day in January is fantastic and puts us in good heart for the remainder of the year.


Regular visitors to Tide Mills Beach will note that, due to the recent Environment Agency shingle shifting works, the beach remains extremely steep and unstable- please take extra care- our concerns will be communicated to the EA.


To date we have received no further information regarding Network Rail's proposal to replace the existing kissing gates over the railway line with some sort of bridge.


Our next meeting is Sunday the 15th of February (always the third Sunday of each month), meeting at 10am at the Waymarker adjacent to the beach at the road leading from the level crossing. At this meeting we will be installing 6 Ringed Plover Nesting signs, kindly provided by the South Downs National Park Authority, we, and the birds, would very much hope that visitors, and their dogs, respect the area to be sign posted by minimising disturbance- last year these amazing little birds enjoyed their most successful breeding season in years, lets hope this year is at least as good.


21st December 2014

Dear Sirs, the Friends of Tide Mills, in bracingly cold and damp weather, has just held its final meeting of 2014. 14 of us collected 9 sacks of rubbish, which is not really that bad given the recent spate of gales.


Afterwards we enjoyed our annual Christmas Picnic and reflected on another very successful year in our endeavour to help keep Tide Mills cared for and protected.


The Waymarker at the beach end of the Old Village Road has now been replaced by ESCC, for which many thanks.


Regular visitors to Tide Mills Beach will note that, due to the recent Environment Agency shingle shifting works, the beach remains extremely steep and unstable- please take extra care!


We have also been informed of Network Rail's intention to replace the existing kissing gates over the railway line with some sort of bridge- at this stage no more is known.


Our first  meeting of 2015 is Sunday the 18th of January (always the third Sunday of each month), meeting at 10am at the Waymarker adjacent to the beach at the road leading from the level crossing. Our meetings last nominally for two hours but all are welcome no matter how much time can be spared. Please do join us, we really are seeing major progress now in the care of this wonderful place.


16th November 2014

Dear Sirs, our Friends of Tide Mills Group, in not very nice weather, has just held its November meeting. 17 of our members collected 20 sacks of rubbish, plus many bulkier items.


Undoubtedly most of this material has washed in from the sea over the course of the ongoing storms- what a sad situation whereby the sea continues to be used as a dustbin.


The Finger Post at the beach end of the Old Village Road has fallen over, this has been reported to the SDNP Authority.


Regular visitors to Tide Mills Beach will note that, due to the current Environment Agency shingle shifting works, the beach is extremely steep and unstable- please take extra care!


Our next meeting is Sunday the 21st. December (always the third Sunday of each month), meeting at 10am at the waymarker adjacent to the beach at the road leading from the level crossing. Our meetings last nominally for two hours but all are welcome no matter how much time can be spared. Please do join us, we really are seeing major progress now in the care of this wonderful place.

19th October 2014.

Dear Sirs, our Friends of Tide Mills Group has just held its October meeting, 14 of our members collecting 13 sacks of rubbish, which given the recent spate of gales is not too bad.


Hopefully your readers will be aware of the Palm Oil, a white waxy type material, which is being washed ashore at the moment- this is poisonous to Dogs and should only be handled with Gloves.


Our next meeting is Sunday the 16th November (always the third Sunday of each month), meeting at 10am at the waymarker adjacent to the beach at the road leading from the level crossing. Our meetings last nominally for two hours but all are welcome no matter how much time can be spared. Please do join us, we really are seeing major progress now in the care of this wonderful place.

21st September 2014

Dear Sirs, our Friends of Tide Mills Group has just held its September meeting, 21 of our members collecting just 9 sacks of rubbish. 


Considering the fantastic summer weather we have all enjoyed this year the amount of litter generally is at an all time low - this is very heartening for us and as always we thank all those who take their litter home, this really does make a difference.


Our next meeting is Sunday the 19th October (always the third Sunday of each month), meeting at 10am at the waymarker adjacent to the beach at the road leading from the level crossing. Our meetings last nominally for two hours but all are welcome no matter how much time can be spared. 


17th August 2014

Dear Sirs, 15 Friends of Tide Mills have just completed a very succesful August meeting. Just 7 sacks of rubbish were collected, over almost the whole area from Seaford Buckle to Newhaven East pier.


Again, as we our now into the main holiday season, we would like to request that everybody who visits this special place please make sure no litter is left behind. Together we are undoubtedly ensuring Tide Mills remains well cared for and championed for all to enjoy.


We believe that at least one pair of Wheatears has managed to produce two broods of chicks this year and at least one pair of Ringed Plovers has managed to fledge at least one chick- this is possibly the most successful year to date for these birds, certainly one we have been able to report- fantastic. As several other bird species are possibly still fledging, we would like again request that visitors keep disturbance to a minimum if at all possible. If Dogs could be kept under tight control that would be most appreciated. 


After our meeting we enjoyed our Annual Summer Picnic (please see the accompanying picture).


20th July 2014

Dear Sirs, the Friends of Tide Mills has just completed its July meeting unfortunately in fairly humid conditions. 14 of us managed around just 7 sacks of rubbish this time around which means that, so far into this Summer season, overall the whole area from the Buckle to East Pier is still in very fine shape.


Again, as we enter into the main holiday season, we would like to request that everybody who visits this special area please ensure no litter is left behind. Together we can all make sure Tide Mills remains well cared for and championed for all to enjoy.


We would like again to remind that Wheatears, Ringed Plovers, Skylarks and several other species of bird are still nesting and fledging and request that visitors keep disturbance to a minimum if at all possible. If Dogs could be kept under tight control that would be most appreciated.  


15th June 2014

Dear Sirs, the Friends of Tide Mills has just completed its June meeting. 24 of us (a record number for our little group, fantastic) managed around  just 6 sacks of rubbish this time around which means that generally speaking the whole area from the Buckle to East Pier is, once again, in very fine shape.

18th May 2014

 Dear Sirs, the Friends of Tide Mills has just completed its meeting for May. 16 of us managed around 13 sacks of rubbish this time around and generally speaking the whole area from the Buckle to East Pier is in very fine shape.


The Sea Kale plants in particular are in full flower and spectacular.


Wheatears and, possibly, Ringed Plovers are nesting just now and obviously we ask that visitors keep disturbance to a minimum if at all possible. If Dogs could be kept under tight control that would be most appreciated.

20th April 2014

Dear Sirs, despite the inclement weather and the fact that it was also Easter Sunday, 10 Friends of Tide Mills, including one very welcome new member, has just completed its April meeting. 8 sacks of assorted rubbish were collected and we were pleased to see that most of the rubbish that accumulated over the winter gales is now largely cleared.


Some of the vegetated shingle plants are now in bud, Wheatears, Skylarks and Swallows are active, fantastic.

16th March 2014

  The Friends of Tide Mills have just completed its March meeting. In brilliant wall to wall sunshine (that's two months in a row now!) 25 of us (including several very welcome new members) managed a mammoth 35 bags of rubbish and any amount of heavier, bulkier items- a fantastic effort by anybody's reckoning.


 We again left Tide Mills in very good heart and hopefully all visitors will agree, and despite this atrocious and un-precedented weather of late, it looks fantastic and just in time for the first true signs of spring. Some of the vegetated shingle plants are starting to emerge, and the skylarks are active, fantastic.


 Visitors will continue to be concerned about the EA lorries and diggers removing shingle from the Tide Mills beach front, as emergency shoring up work for Seaford beach. The EA has again assured us that both the vegetated shingle habitat and land behind will not be compromised, but of course this frustrating ongoing situation still needs to be monitored- hopefully one day we will have a permanent, sustainable beach maintenance scheme introduced.

We were very pleased to have the assistance of Seaford Lifeguards, who used their quadbikes to transport the litter sacks back to the level crossing for us- this was very much appreciated.

16th February 2014

 The Friends of Tide Mills have just completed its February meeting. In brilliant wall to wall sunshine 23 of us (including several very welcome new members) managed a mammoth 30bags of rubbish and any amount of heavier, bulkier items- a fantastic effort by anybody's reckoning.


  We again left Tide Mills in very good heart and hopefully all visitors will agree, and despite this atrocious and un-precedented weather of late, it looks fantastic and just waiting for the first true signs of spring.

 Readers will want to be aware that some Palm Oil has been found on the beach which has been reported to the EA. This is a particularly nasty substance which is known to be poisonous to dogs. Unfortunately several dead sea birds were also found.



  Visitors will also be concerned about the EA lorries and diggers removing shingle from the Tide Mills beach front, as emergency shoring up work for Seaford beach, which is now effectively destroyed as we know. The EA has assured us that both the vegetated shingle habitat and land behind will not be compromised, but of course this ongoing situation needs to be monitored.


   Newhaven Port Properties has very kindly donated more litter sacks and some super duper new litter grabbers, so we have plenty to spare for everybody- we much appreciate NPPs ongoing support for our merry little but steadily growing band.

2014 January 19th

The Friends of Tide Mills has just completed its first meeting of 2014 (Sunday the 19th of January).  A truly amazing number of us, around 25, recovered an unbelievable amount of rubbish from site- around 32 sacks of lighter, assorted rubbish and a significant amount of heavier, bulkier items. We were expecting an increase in the level of litter due to the recent run of gales, but not to this extent, which is very concerning and shows that the sea is still being indiscriminantly used as a dumping ground- very sad and worrying indeed. We were joined by several new members which is great and very heartening.

2013 December 15th

The Friends of Tide Mills has just completed its December/Christmas meeting (Sunday the 15th). 16 of us recovered 8 sacks of assorted rubbish from this special place, along with several bulkier items. We were very pleased to welcome two new members to our steadily growing but still very jolly band.


 The amount of rubbish found was at least in part due to the recent gales and generally Tide Mills remains in very good shape largely down to people now taking more interest in the area and taking their litter home- brilliant.


 In addition to our littering efforts we also managed to widen a stretch of path next to the Creek which in time we hope to complete all the way down to the Newhaven end. It is to be hoped that as we continue to make good progress in littering the site we will be able to increasingly undertake similar work in the future.