Ifield Mill Pond is considered the most important wetland site in Crawley and has been designated a Local Wildlife Site.
The beautiful area, which borders Bewbush, Gossops Green and Ifield, is made up of northern and southern ponds, as well as Bewbush Water Gardens – an area of semi-formal ponds and natural planting – to the south west.
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.
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 .
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.
The Mill Pond fishery is south of the railway line and is operated by Crawley Angling Society for members only.
Help to manage this site by becoming a volunteer with Gatwick Greenspace Partnership .
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.
Ordnance Survey grid reference: TQ 244360.
Gossops Drive, numbers 1 and 200.
Hyde Drive, numbers 2 and 300.
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