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, and has a Visitor Centre for refreshments, books and friendly expertise open most days, 10am-4.30pm.

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.

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.

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What's that flower? You can't miss these big bright yellow flowers that look like a handkerchief on a stick. They grow in the poorest of soils, especially the bare pea-gravel by the dragonfly pond.
The story goes that they (or at least their seeds) came over from America by ship, possibly in bales of cotton, but it is more likely that they have escaped from gardens. The plant was imported as an ornamental flower and for its medicinal use as the seeds yeild a useful oil.
Many flowers of the American prairies are much more fire and drought tolerant than ours, because they need to be, so they were able to spread out of the ports along railway lines, even in the age of steam.
The flowers open out in the evening, partly to conserve moisture but mainly to attract moths that are their main pollinators.
So, what is it? It's evening primrose.
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The variable weather has taken its toll on insects, but summer is nowhere near over. There is a lot more to come. The invasion of painted lady butterflies continues right across the country and I have never seen so many migrant hawker dragonflies before. These are the medium sized blue ones that you can see miles from water in gardens and woodland rides. They are very inquisitive and will have a good look at you. They almost never seem to land, but this one did. ... See MoreSee Less

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We have not had many records of wasp spiders this year, but you could still see them if you look hard enough. Please let us know if you find one and the location. ... See MoreSee Less

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