SEAFORD: Still too much litter on our beaches

THE Friends of Tide Mills has just enjoyed another extremely successful meeting on Sunday, April 17.

Thirteen, including two very welcome new members, managed to collect around 17 sacks of assorted rubbish, plus several much larger items - all coming mainly from the beach itself.

Although this is, of course, very disappointing, in that we shouldn’t really be collecting anything near this amount in the ideal world, apart from one or two ‘hot spots’, the area behind the beach remains relatively litter free, which is heartening.

We ask the dog walkers who are leaving their dog waste bags seemingly for us to collect for them not to do so. Please make the effort to take them to the nearest dog bin - this is not a job we really should be undertaking.

Our Ringed Plover nesting signs are still in place and again we ask that visitors minimise disturbance of the signed area. Last year several chicks were raised, let’s hope for a similar successful year this year.

On the birding front, Wheatears are active, possibly at least one pair of Ringed Plovers and Skylarks.

We have also just been donated a box of rubbish sacks by the landowners, Newhaven Port and Properties, for which we are very grateful.

The next meeting is on Sunday May 15 - all are welcome, no matter how much time can be spared, to help look out for and care for this special place.

Meet at 10am at the beach end of the old village road for around two hours - more information from brian.skinner2@btinternet.com.

FRIENDS of Tide Mills

report by Jim Skinner