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.

We now upload our invertebrate and plant survey data to the national iRecord database. To explore our data, create a free iRecord account and search for Paxton Pits in the Activities menu.

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 at and, for birds, 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. 


  • Ann’Blog
    The ground is at long last starting to warm up, so if the weather is dry, the smaller creatures start to move around earlier in the day. The water also is warmer, which is encouraging the emergence of the dragonflies and damselflies. Today, with the weather sunny, there were blue damselflies everywhere, including banded demoiselle… Read More
  • Ann’s Blog
    Haven’t we been fortunate with the weather in the last few days? The fresh lime green leaves are well out now on the blackthorn and hawthorn. Lovely to see, but it does make birdwatching more difficult, particularly for those which sing well into the scrub most of the time! Yes, they are back in. It… Read More
  • Ann’s Blog
    If you want to hear a chiffchaff, now is the time to walk around the reserve. They are in full song. A recent visitor to the reserve who had written their sightings in the bird sighting’s book in the Visitor Centre recorded 20 singing chiffchaffs on his walk! We are now in Spring, and the… Read More
  • Latest sightings Blog
    I noticed a blue tit go into one of our boxes at home today. This mild weather is so tempting for the birds. Although, I hope we don’t have a year like last year, when birds nested early, then it was wet.  Unfortunately, our bird ringers on the reserve found that 2021 was not a… Read More
  • Latest Sightings Blog
    The bench up on the south-east corner of Island Pit has become our favourite stop for coffee and home-made flapjack. It ended up being a slow walk up there. A redwing on the dead tree opposite the Hayden Hide was enjoying the rays of sunshine and, unusually for the species, stayed there for as long… 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.