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, which is normally open for for refreshments, books and friendly expertise, is currently closed. 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.

6 hours ago

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When you’ve been watching birds for too long in the cold, snow joke!Some photos from today’s snow❄️❄️#paxtonpits#paxtonpitsnaturereserve#snow#snowscene#january#huntingdonshiredistrictcouncil#lovehuntingdonshire#embraceyourspace ... See MoreSee Less
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Due to unforeseen circumstances the toilets will be closed all day tomorrow. We apologise for any inconvenience.If you are visiting the reserve please be aware that the paths are extremely muddy and wet and water levels remain high. Please do not attempt to walk through any flooded areas as you could lose your footing.Lets hope for some brighter sunnier weather to come! ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

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A couple of messages from the Rangers:Due to unforeseen circumstances the toilets will be closed over the weekend. We apologise for any inconvenience.We are also expecting water levels to rise, meaning some of the paths may be inaccessible. Please take care when walking around the reserve and don’t attempt to walk through flooded areas as you could lose your footing.Have a good, safe weekend everyone! Thank you. ... See MoreSee Less
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