You can see the lagoon just beyond the footpath – this beautiful, coastal nature reserve is one of Lancing's hidden treasures, situated a short stroll along Lancing seafront, between Beach Green and Shoreham Beach.
As seasons change throughout the year, you will discover a rich diversity of birds that rest, migrate and reside here. Watch the Little Egret wading through the shallow waters with its elegant, crested plumage, listen to the haunting cry of the Oyster Catcher or simply sit and watch the Swans as they glide serenely by.
All around the banks of this saline lagoon, you can enjoy the colourful plants and flowers that thrive in shingle and coastal grassland. Rabbits run free from the banked bracken and bats fly silently when the sun has set.
Woods Mill has lots of wildlife with coppiced woodland, meadows and a reed-fringed lake. There is an all-weather path around the reserve and boardwalk across lake and reed bed. There is also a hide for birdwatching, and a wildlife garden.
The reserve is the headquarters of Sussex Wildlife Trust and an environmental education centre, with lots of events and courses throughout the year. As this is an educational reserve no dogs are permitted.
If you are interested in orchids or other wild flowers do check what courses are being organised by the Sussex Wildlife Trust. Their headquarters are within a mile or two of Steyning at Woods Mill.
Courses often start with an indoor session introducing you to the wild flowers of the county and their identification. After lunch you could walk around the Woods Mill reserve and search for flowers. You would learn how to identify them as well as their medicinal uses and folklore. Perhaps you might see a burnt tip orchid! (in the photo)
This course takes place just a couple of miles from Steyning at the Sussex Wildlife Trust headquarters.
Steyning is at the foot of the South Downs and 10 miles from Brighton