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 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
  • Latest Sightings
    A reason that Paxton Pits is a nature reserve is that it was designated with having sites of special scientific interest (SSSI). Back in the 80’s, the Pits was one of the few places to have breeding gadwall in the UK.  The other reason was that some rarer insects were found as well, such as… Read More
  • Latest Sightings 13.11.21
     Volunteers were out at the weekend on the monthly water bird survey (WeBS). It is good to see that the goldeneye are back. The tufted ducks weren’t all at Grafham Water and there were plenty to be seen on Island Pit, as well as a goosander. A great white egret on Pumphouse Pit and 6… Read More
  • 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



Ranger Jim’s blog – where sightings from the Reserve used to be gathered – is no longer updated since Jim retired, but you can read the archive here.