Paxton Pits Nature Reserve is a rich mosaic of wildlife habitats, with beautiful lakes, riverside, meadow, reedbed, scrub and woodland. It is open for visitors all year round. 

Famous for its nightingales and cormorants – and host to a wide variety of other birds, insects, mammals and flora – you’re sure to have a great experience whatever time of year you visit.

The Visitor Centre is currently open six days a week, 11am-3pm Saturday-Thursday for take-away refreshments, bird food and friendly expertise, and operates a Covid-safe one-way system. The toilets are open every day from 11am-3pm. Please observe social distancing rules when exploring the Nature Reserve.

Paxton Pits is situated in the Great Ouse valley in Little Paxton village, between St Neots and Huntingdon, and just off the A1. The nature reserve is managed by Huntingdonshire District Council in partnership with the Friends of Paxton Pits. It relies on you, its visitors and enthusiasts, for raising funds to improve the facilities and habitats for wildlife.

The Reserve is also home to the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire’s Environmental Education Centre. The Trust runs events for children and families, giving everyone the chance to get involved with wildlife whatever their age.

Our volunteers are an instrumental part of the developments on our site, and help us make Paxton Pits such a special place to visit. This Wednesday we are spotlighting the excellent work our volunteers are doing as part of the Work Party team - and giving a behind the scenes insight into the rebuilding of the Kingfisher Hide. We can’t wait for you to see the finished product! #workpartywednesday ... See MoreSee Less
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The Visitor Centre will be closed on Wednesday (12th), however the toilets will be open as usual, 11am - 3pm. Our apologies for any inconvenience. ... See MoreSee Less
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Today is World Migratory Bird Day, an annual, global campaign dedicated to raising awareness of migratory birds and the need for international cooperation to conserve them. Paxton Pits Nature Reserve is a seasonal home to many migratory birds including, swallows, cuckoos, warblers, terns and much more!Join us today in celebrating the migratory birds we have on site, and the importance of nature on a global scale.🦅 How many of our migratory birds have you seen or heard on the reserve? 🦆 World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) #singflysoar #likeabird #WorldMigratoryBirdDay #paxtonpits #paxtonpitsnaturereserve #migratorybirds #WMBD2021 #huntingdonshiredistrictcouncil #embraceyourspace #lovehuntingdonshire ... See MoreSee Less
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