Encouraging start for beach cleaners at Tide Mills

Twenty members of the Friends of Tide Mills, including three new faces, braved the cold and damp for the first meeting of 2015.

Twelve sacks of rubbish were collected, plus many larger, bulkier items washed ashore as a result of the recent spate of gales.

Chairman Jim Skinner said: “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 and people are advised to take extra care.

To date the Friends have received no further information regarding Network Rail’s proposal to replace the existing kissing gates over the railway line with a bridge.

The next meeting is February 15 at 10am at the waymarker next to the beach at the road leading from the level crossing.

Members will be installing six ringed plover nesting signs, kindly provided by the South Downs National Park Authority.

Mr Skinner said: “We, and the birds, would very much hope visitors, and their dogs, respect the area to be signposted by minimising disturbance - last year these amazing little birds enjoyed their most successful breeding season in years. Let’s hope this year is at least as good. 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.”

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