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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For years we have been grateful to Terry Brown for his detailed bird counts at Paxton Pits. However, we had no idea where he came from or what he looked like. The mystery man was revealed yesterday when I caught him filling in the log book. It turns out he comes all the way from Hertfordshire and simply loves Paxton Pits.
If you are visiting the Pits, please follow Terry's example and let us know what's about. These reports are almost the only way we can monitor changes in wildlife on the Reserve.
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Our mid-week volunteers are catching up on the thousands of tasks that we can only do in the winter. Today, half the team are filing in holes while the other half are keeping a sedge-bed open by cutting it back and removing the arisings. Of course a cup of tea in the sunshine provides a welcome break and a chance for bit of a natter. ... See MoreSee Less

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