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Mill Pond and Water Gardens

Ifield Millpond

Ifield Mill Pond and Bewbush Water Gardens

Ifield Mill Pond is considered the most important wetland site in Crawley.

The beautiful area, which borders Bewbush, Gossops Green and Ifield, is made up of a northern and southern pond, as well as Bewbush Water Gardens – an area of semi-formal ponds and natural planting – to the south west.

The area has been designated a Site of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI).

Recently the area has been vastly improved, with the construction of:

In addition, both northern and southern ponds had silt removed, some of which was reused in the construction works.

What to see

The Mill Pond supports a rich bird community – coot, moorhen, mallard, mute swan, great crested grebe, reed bunting and grey wagtail all breed here. Winter visitors include many species of duck, while kingfisher, heron and water rail may occasionally be seen.

In the spring, frogs, toads and newts breed in the pond and during summer, damselflies and the larger dragonflies can be seen skimming over the water. Greater reed-mace (which is sometimes called bulrush by mistake) and the true bulrush, together with yellow iris and water mint emerge at the water's edge. Amphibious bistort, a plant which has different shaped leaves depending whether it grows in the water or on the bank, also grows here.

For more information see the full site report and species list .

Things to do

Watermill

Visit Ifield Watermill, which is operated by Crawley Museum Society and open on the last Sunday of the month from May to September and on National Mills Day in May each year. Call Crawley Museum Society on 01293 539088 or visit http://www.crawleymuseums.org .

Walks

Combine your visit with the Ifield Mill Pond and Water Mill circular self-guided walks. A 30 minute walk loops around the Ifield Mill Pond via the boardwalk or a longer 60 minute walk takes you back in time past the Ifield Water Mill.

For Children

Fun activity worksheets for children and an information leaflet for adults are available to download so that you can make the most of your time investigating the area.

Fishing

The Mill Pond fishery is south of the railway line and is operated by Crawley Angling Society for members only.

Volunteering

Help to manage this site by becoming a volunteer with Gatwick Greenspace Partnership .

How to get here

The main pond south of the railway line is reached either via Waterfield Gardens, off Gasson Wood Road, Bewbush, or via Rother Crescent off Gossops Drive. The smaller part of the pond north of the railway line is accessible on foot, from the south via the railway bridge, or by road via Hyde Drive, off Rusper Road.

Map of Crawley Nature Conservation Areas

Ordnance Survey grid reference: TQ 244360.

Nearest bus stops:

Gossops Drive, numbers 1 and 200.
Hyde Drive, numbers 2 and 300.

Neighbourhood:

Bewbush, Gossops Green and Ifield.

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Town Hall
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Crawley
West Sussex RH10 1UZ

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Partnership Services
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Crawley
West Sussex RH10 1UZ

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