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, 25 members of the Friends of  Tide Mills have just completed their April meeting, collecting 6 sacks of assorted litter, plus 1 bag of recyclable material.

As we reported last month, we have now re-installed the Ringed Plover nesting signs for this year. The Ringed Plovers and several other seasonal visitors are now to be seen once more as we slowly move into Spring. With the also slowly emerging vegetated shingle plants this is a very good time indeed to visit this local jewel and appreciate just what a special place it remains, this despite the well reported and on going threats at the Newhaven end of the site (The Port Acess Road and Brett aggregates application).

As always we ask that visitors reduce disturbance in the signed area to give the Plovers every chance of a successful breeding season. We will remove the signs July/ August.

If readers are interested in joining our informal, very friendly, small but steadily growing group of Tide Mills guardians you will be made most welcome.

Our next meeting, is Sunday the 20th May, please contact myself at or go to our website at

Thank you, 
Jim Skinner
The latest report has been published on the Friends of Tidemills website for a number of years now so this website will no longer be featuring the latest report. So for the latest report please go to:

Thank you, Jim Skinner, Chair
               & David Turvey, Webmaster 

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 

How do i join IN ?

There are no membership fees, forms etc.  Just email Jim Skinner (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