Spring clean for Tide Mills Nature Reserve

Seaford Lifeguards helped volunteers from the Friends of Tide Mills by transporting litter they picked up from the beauty spot on their quad bikes.

The group said it very much appreciated the help from the lifeguards, who lent a hand during their March meeting.

Brilliant sunshine also put a smile on the Friends’ faces, as 25 of them gathered to give the beach a spring clean.

Several newcomers took part and managed to collect 35 bags of rubbish, as well as heavier and bulkier items.

Friends of Tide Mills chairman Jim Skinner said: “A fantastic effort by anybody’s reckoning.

“We again left Tide Mills in very good heart and hopefully all visitors will agree, and despite this atrocious and unprecedented weather of late, it looks fantastic and just in time for the first true signs of spring.

“Some of the vegetated shingle plants are starting to emerge, and the skylarks are active.”

Jim said visitors were concerned about the Environment Agency lorries and diggers removing shingle from the Tide Mills beach front to replenish the shingle on Seaford beach.

The Enivironment Agency assured the group that both the vegetated shingle habitat and land behind would not be compromised.

Jim said: “But of course this frustrating ongoing situation still needs to be monitored - hopefully one day we will have a permanent, sustainable beach maintenance scheme introduced.”

The Friends of Tide Mills will meet next on Sunday April 20 at 10am. Email brian.skinner2@btinternet.com