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 refreshments, bird food and friendly expertise. The toilets are open every day from 11am-3pm. 

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. You can find a list of their upcoming events and more information about the work they do on the Wildlife Trust BCN website.


The Visitor Centre opening hours this bank holiday weekend are:Saturday - 10am - 4pmSunday - ClosedMonday - 11am - 3pmWe look forward to seeing you!The toilets will be open every day. ... See MoreSee Less
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If you have been walking along the River Trail over the last couple of weeks you will have seen that we have been installing a new fence around the Great Meadow. This is to replace the fencing which we (and the flooding!) removed last year.Previously the fence was constructed of metal stock fencing and wooden posts. The wooden posts were susceptible to rotting in the ground, making essential maintenance an ongoing process. The new fence is made entirely of metal, which should save us time and money in the long run.We use the fencing to help control the cattle which graze the meadow, as part of our grassland management.A huge thank you to the Friends of Paxton Pits for funding this project and to our volunteers who are helping with installation! ... See MoreSee Less
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Last week we put out our four tern rafts - you can spot these from the Kingfisher Hide!Common terns visit the reserve during the summer, having migrated from Africa where they spend the winter. If we put the rafts out too soon, resident black-headed gulls (who terns share nesting habitat with) take all of the spaces! If we put them out too late, the terns will move on and find other areas.We have to get the timing right for putting out the rafts - hopefully we've managed it again this year and we'll see some tern chicks over the next few months! ... See MoreSee Less
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