Great White Egret image by Carol Leather

Sightings are recorded and compiled by the Friends of Paxton Pits and published in Ann’s regular blog. The HDC Rangers also keep the Facebook page updated with the latest things they’ve spotted.

Your sightings are important to us!

Whether the sightings are birds, mammals, insects, spiders, fungi or unusual plant life – we would really like to hear from you. Please help us to keep our records up to date by reporting what you see to us and You can also add your sightings to the new logbook in the Visitor Centre. Records of common species are just as important as those for rarities. 

  • Breeding Bird Summary with a few insect sightings
    The Great Meadow has not been grazed this summer, as the floods earlier this year took the fencing, which has yet to be repaired.  It was time to monitor this area again, by our wildlife survey volunteers and we wondered what our findings would be, as the grass was very long. We hoped for wasp… Read More
  • Latest Sightings 12/8/21
    Our first work party today, since November last year, was pulling ragwort out from the Great Meadow. We didn’t pull any last year, due to Covid and cattle have not grazed there this year, as the fencing was destroyed by the floods. So, there is lots to pull! When, it is flowering, the cattle can… Read More
  • Latest Sightings
    Are you seeing more Damselflies in your garden than a few weeks ago? This warmer weather is perfect for them and their larger cousins, the Dragonflies. Last year, Paxton Pits Nature Reserve was designated a Dragonfly and Damselfly hotspot by the British Dragonfly Society for the ease of access and the 25 known species that… Read More
  • Latest Sightings
    There is always a certain anticipation of what will be seen on a wildlife survey, and the recent Butterfly & Damsel and Dragonfly transect did not disappoint. Although we weren’t particularly looking for other species, as we walked through the kissing gate to the Meadow Trail, a cuckoo sat in a nearby tree. Last year,… Read More
  • Latest Sightings 11.5.21
    What a difference this year from last year. We have been able to meet up for the 2nd Breeding Bird survey of the year.  The morning did not disappoint. The air was full of bird song. You could hear the cuckoo from the Visitor Centre garden, and you could watch long tailed tits and greenfinch… Read More



Ranger Jim’s blog – where sightings from the Reserve used to be gathered – is no longer updated since Jim retired, but you can read the archive here.