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 18.7.22
    Have you seen flying ants this year? I was sitting in the garden with family a couple of days ago and up they came. I expected to see the gulls come in for a feast, but no signs of them at all. Did you know that flying ants are called Alates? This is the nuptial… Read More
  • Ann’s Blog 27.6.22
    It is a while since I last wrote my blog. One of the reasons is that Mike and I have been away in the south-west, where the wildlife is a little different and we see new species for us. However, it is also rather exciting when we have a new species for the reserve and… Read More
  • 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



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.