The Tidemills at Bishopstone

Between Newhaven And Seaford on the south coast of England, Tidemills and its History.

Help conserve this special open space.

This precious and somewhat mysterious place, situated between Newhaven and Seaford on the East Sussex Coast, needs ongoing care and attention - why not join the Friends and give a couple of hours a month by helping us keep the place cared for - you will be made very welcome!

Who are the friends of tidemills?

The Friends of Tide Mills is a small, informal group of mainly local people interested in maintaining and preserving the unique atmosphere of this area for the benefit of all. The group was started April 2005 and has now become the focus for anybody who feels the area is threatened in any way - we have an excellent working partnership with Newhaven Port Properties, the land owners, and, latterly, the South Downs National Park Authority, as much of the area is now within the boundary of this latest UK National Park.

 Our prime objective is the collection of (mainly) seaborne rubbish (nearly 2000 bags to date) but we have also taken an active role in clearing vegetation such as Japanese Knotweed  and assisting other groups with the recording and conservation of the plants and animals inhabiting this special habitat known as “Vegetated Shingle”.

 Our other main objective, now achieved we feel, is to put Tide Mills firmly “on the map” so that as many people as possible know about it and appreciate it as we obviously do.

We meet once a month, on a Sunday morning (always the 3rd Sunday of the month) between 10am and noon. We have litter grabbers and bags generously provided by Newhaven Port Properties. We just need you to work them! When we started in 2005 and in the early years of our activities around 6-10 of us would collect up to  25-30 bags of plastic and other rubbish. In recent years between 15-20 of us collect 10-20 bags, so we do feel we are now making Tide Mills much cleaner than ever before, but obviously the more of us there are the more of a difference we can truly make. That this litter peaks in or after stormy weather is sadly indicative that most of it is generated by those who rely on the sea for a living and the contempt they treat it with - fish net cuttings, discarded marine grease, oil containers etc.

 In September each year we participate in the Marine Conservation Society’s National Beach Watch initiative. However it isn’t all about rubbish collection as we are regularly consulted over other matters that crop up from time to time - for instance; Newhaven Port expansion plans, incidents of pollution, nesting bird sightings etc. We also enjoy two picnics a year - after our August and December meetings.

 No physical exertion just gentle, worthwhile exercise, in the, still free, sea air, you can work alone or with others. We generally work for 2 hours but any time that can be spared is equally appreciated - come for as long as you want, when you want, you will be made most welcome.

latest report(as reported to the press)

Dear Sirs, the Friends of Tide Mills have just completed their August meeting.

We are very happy to report that 18 members collected, as last month, a very miserly (but heartening) 4 sacks of assorted litter (including 10+ cans and plastic bottles, which are taken for re-cycling by one of our members)- of course our ultimate aim is zero litter but nonetheless.....

Considering we are now at the peak of the Summer season, the whole of Tide Mills is looking near its best with some of the vegetated shingle plants still in flower- several  birds species are still to be spotted, this really is a great time to visit.
 
Our nesting Ringed Plover signs have now been recovered until next year. At least one pair of these little birds managed at least one chick, which is also very heartening.  Many thanks to all who heeded the signs and reduced disturbance in this area, undoubtedly this does make a difference.
 
We continue to voice objections and concerns about the ESCC proposal to press ahead with the Port Access road which will see an erosion of open space, disturbance etc. towards the Newhaven Port end of the site. Although possibly this objection will fail hopefully it will be the case that some mitigation will be offered- our views have been noted and some sympathy shown. At least we have been able to explain the situation on the ground and how important an area Tide Mills is to many people these days, which perhaps was not the case when this road was first muted, many years ago.
 
Readers may be interested in signing a petition against these proposals for Tide Mills, please go to http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-the-western-end-of-tide-mills-and-seaford-bay
 
We concluded our meeting with our customary annual Summer Picnic which was, as always very enjoyable and full filling!
 
Our next meeting is scheduled for Sunday 17th of September, 10-12.
 
More members are always very welcome to join our little band, the more we are the stronger we are in protecting this beautiful and precious open space and keeping it the peaceful haven it undoubtedly is. For more information please contact myself at brianjimskinner@gmail.com or
til next year. At least one pair of these little birds managed at least one chick, which is also very heartening.  Many thanks to all who heeded the signs and reduced disturbance in this area, undoubtedly this does make a difference.Our next meeting is scheduled for Sunday 17th of September, 10-12.the more we are the stronger we are in protecting this beautiful and precious open space and keeping it the peaceful haven it undoubtedly is. For more information please contact myself at brianjimskinner@gmail.com or

www.friendsoftidemills.webs.com/

How do i join IN ?

There are no membership fees, forms etc.  Just email Jim Skinner brianjimskinner@gmail.com (01273 517291)  or better still  just turn up, we meet at the junction of the coast path and Mill Drove at 10am. It can be windy so wear something warm. Kids, dogs even  mother in laws welcome as long as they are well behaved