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 (take-away and limited indoor seating), 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.

We are very pleased to announce that there is now a small selection of second-hand paperback books for sale in the Visitor Centre. They are 30p each or 4 for £1 - an absolute bargain! All the money raised through book sales goes towards the upkeep of the nature reserve.Although we be selling some books again, unfortunately we will not be able to accept any book donations for the time being. There are some volunteers with garages full of previous donations at the moment and we would like to give them the chance to have some space back!Thank you for your continued support! ... See MoreSee Less
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Love Parks Week 2021 begins today and is a period for us all to take the time to appreciate our local parks, nature reserves and green spaces. @KeepBritainTidy is using this Love Parks Week to send a rallying cry to the Great British Public to love, respect and protect our parks throughout 2021 and beyond 💚If you have any photos that show why you love Paxton Pits Nature Reserve, please use the comments section below to share them! 📸#LoveParks #RespectParks #ProtectParks#paxtonpitsnaturereserve #naturereserve #LoveHuntingdonshire #huntingdonsiredistrictcouncil #embraceyourspace ... See MoreSee Less
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