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. 

  • Latest sightings 15.2.21
    The floods remain a topic of conversation around here. The road into St Neots from Little Paxton opened for a few days, only to shut again and this is where we are at present. Like, the human population, wildlife adjusts and makes the most of it. There is a feeling spring is around the corner… Read More
  • Latest sightings 11.1.21
    The fields are staying flooded on the Meadow Trail, down from the visitor centre. The black headed gull was the 1st bird to make the most of this.  As an opportunistic bird, it will feed on invertebrates brought to the surface with the rising water table.  Walking that way today, there were also Canada geese… Read More
  • Latest Sightings 15.11.20
    The weather is staying mild and many of our winter ducks are still up in the Baltic. This was demonstrated when we did the monthly Wetland Bird Survey(WeBS) yesterday. Another wet one and I discovered one of my boots was not waterproof! However, it was very good to be out and about. The duck numbers… Read More
  • Latest Sightings 18.11.20
    I like Teal.  So, it was good to see that 402 Teal were counted on our Wetland Bid Survey (WeBS-a British Trust for Ornithology run survey) on Sunday. Generally, the ducks seem to be slow at arriving at Paxton Pits this Autumn. The winds have been blowing the wrong way and the weather has not… Read More
  • Latest Sightings
    The first winter Thrushes have arrived. Paxton Pits Nature Reserve exists because of the sand and gravel being quarried here for many decades.  Aggregate Industries have been working to the north and are now about to start the next phase in the privately owned arable fields, which, when they have finished, will become a reed… 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Ranger Jim’s blog – where sightings from the Reserve used to be gathered – is no longer updated since Jim retired, but you can read the archive here.