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.

Stop, look and listen! 🌺Take note of nature, be it on your weekend walk or daily commute.🌿From the beauty of flowers, the changing of seasons and bird song, every moment of nature is precious. Simple moments in nature matter, for human and natural well-being.🌼Go Jauntly – Great Big Green Week (18th-26th September 2021)Go Jauntly are celebrating their Great Big Green Week alongside The Nature Connectedness Group and The Mental Health Foundation to create a Green Care Code!The Green Care Code is a prompt to you to stop, look and listen whilst near nature to experience a significant improvement in mental ... See MoreSee Less
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Paxton Pits Nature Reserve is valued by so many people for different reasons - exercise, watching wildlife, photography, meeting friends and family and also sketching and painting. A local painting group have been out and about painting in the local area, including at Paxton Pits, and are exhibiting their work on Sunday 26th September, 10am-4pm at Grafham Village Hall. We think this painting of the view from one of the bird hides by Kim Hall is lovely!#paxtonpitsnaturereserve #LoveHuntingdonshire #huntingdonshiredistrictcouncil #embraceyourspace ... See MoreSee Less
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Due to a lack of volunteer availability the Visitor Centre will be closed tomorrow (Monday) and Wednesday this week.The toilets will remain open daily between 11am and 3pm.Apologies for the inconvenience. ... See MoreSee Less
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