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 – in usual times – 10am-4.30pm.

In these unprecedented times, however, the Nature Reserve paths are open, but for the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers and Huntingdonshire District Council staff, the Visitor Centre and toilets are closed until further notice. All events and work parties have been cancelled.

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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If you are out on the reserve as part of your daily exercise, please remember to keep your 2 metre distance from others.

A majority of our visitors at the moment are local dog walkers who are considerate of those who aren’t so keen on our four legged friends.
However, occasionally there is a rogue pooch that may scare other visitors. Please remember to keep your dog under close control while visiting the reserve.

This is twice as relevant on the reserve in Spring due to the amount of birds that are starting to nest close to, or on, the ground. Any disturbance in the undergrowth can disturb their nesting rituals.

We need you to keep your dog on a lead at this time of year on the Heron Trail between the main gate and the moorings and also on the Meadow Trail between the Visitor Centre and the ramp on the Hayling Ditch.’

At all times please clear up after your dog.
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