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’s Blog 19.11.23
    Have you ever been in awe of what you are seeing and realise too late that the camera is dangling from your neck? That is exactly what happened on a walk recently close to dusk time. We were investigating places where there could be Harvest Mouse nests. We will be doing a survey sometime soon.… Read More
  • Ann’s Blog 11.10.23
    As I write this, it is another glorious day, but where is the rain? The garden needs it, and we thought the fungi would need it. We were mistaken. It was National Fungus Day last Saturday and the Hunts Fungi Group came down to Paxton Pits. We had over 30 people join in. With all… Read More
  • Ann’s Blog 11.9.23
    This weekend we held our last Dragonfly and Butterfly survey of the year. The fact that it was also one of the hottest days meant we did not linger as long and only walked the morning transect around the Meadow Trail. There were countless white butterflies flying around, which led to more than a few… Read More
  • Ann’s Blog 17.8.23
    My last blog seemed to be all about rain. My blog this time last year was all about how dry the reserve was and what would the caterpillars eat. Well, the brown argus, in particular, must have found something. I had a walk up the Heronry trail last week on a hot sunny day and… Read More
  • Ann’s Blog 24.7.23
    The rain may be causing interruption to some of our wildlife surveys. Fortunately, the wildlife is still there. The trail cameras are showing up Roe deer on the actual reserve, which, in recent history, is new. And talking to someone who walks the back footpath to the QE11 playing fields, they have seen a young… 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.