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February 22 2016.

Jim Skinner writes:

Nineteen members of the Friends of Tide Mills completed their February meeting yesterday and,  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 haevn'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 on Sunday the 20th of March, from 10.00 am to noon, 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.

More details are available on our web site at or myself at