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 take-away refreshments, 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.

Have you heard the Chiffchaffs singing loudly? They sound like they are singing their name "Chiff Chaff Chiff Chaff Chiff Chaff" and repeat the two, usually descending notes. Sometimes they reverse them though! To me it's a sign that Spring is definitely here. Chiffchaffs are summer visitors which are a similar size to a blue tit. They are greenish brown with pale underparts and have with a dark line through their eye and a pale stripe above it. They can be confused with willow warblers which have more yellowy underparts and a clearer yellow eye stripe over their eye.#paxtonpits #paxtonpitsnaturereserve #huntingdonshiredistrictcouncil #lovehuntingdonshire #embraceyourspace ... See MoreSee Less
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We are pleased to say we will be reopening the Visitor Centre for takeaway drinks and snacks from Monday 29th March! 🎉We are aiming to be open every day of the week, except Friday, from 11am - 3pm. This will depend on volunteer availability so please keep an eye on here for any updates if you are planning to visit.The toilets will be open 11am - 3pm every day as usual.We look forward to welcoming you soon! 😊 ... See MoreSee Less
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