Common tern by Carol Leather

The Kingfisher Lottery Club is a great way to make a regular donation to the nature reserve whilst also being in with the chance of winning a cash prize. Pay an annual subscription of just £12 a year per share/number, and get more than sixteen chances to win a cash prize every year!

  • Anyone can join – you do not need to be a member of the Friends of Paxton Pits
  • For an annual subscription of £12, you receive one share/number
  • You can have more than one share/number if you wish
  • You can join the Club with a cash/cheque joining form at the Visitors’ Centre – or download a joining form and send it to the address on the form
  • Upon request the promoter will be pleased to send you a standing order joining form if you want to set up a regular payment
  • There are more than sixteen chances of winning a cash prize every year
  • The Kingfisher Lottery Club fund is divided between cash prizes and to fund projects at the reserve

We have just completed setting up the 2020/21 Lottery Draw Programme and are pleased to announce a substantial rise in subscriptions which has enabled us to increase the prize fund. We have two extra £100.00 first prizes one for September 2020 and one for June 2021. We have also reached the highest level of contributions ever, £4,848.00.

Thank you to everyone who takes part.

Past Achievements and Future Plans

The funds raised by the Kingfisher Lottery Club have been used to great effect around the Nature Reserve for the benefit of wildlife and visitors.

Cobham Hide (2013/14) – the first “lottery project” jointly funded with the Friends. The hide has completely merged into its surroundings and offers a different view with a mixture of birds and insects in a marshy habitat.

Tern Rafts (2013/14, 14/15, 15/16 and 16/17) – located on Heronry North Lake were funded by the Friends (one raft) and the lottery (three rafts). They have proved to be a great success over the past seven years with around 70 chicks fledged. The 19/20 season proved to be a “difficult” breeding season in terms of the weather including a new UK record for hottest day 37.8 recorded in Cambridgeshire followed by incessant heavy rain with floods in Lincolnshire. We look forward to the new breeding season and will improve the raft’s defences to keep potential predators at bay.

Washout Pit Screen (2017/18) – an area at the north end of Heronry North Lake looking out on an area of Washout Pit which provides an interesting view to watch the summer migrants in the thick scrub without causing any disturbance

Kingfisher Bank/Nest Tunnels (2018/19 work in hand) – After further deliberation the current plan is to site Kingfisher nesting tunnels around Heronry South and North Lakes where we already enjoy frequent sightings. We believe spreading the nest sites may help reduce risk of disturbance.

Insect Hotels (19/20/21 next project) – We are about to extend our existing programme of work to provide additional areas to maintain and increase our insect population. We plan to build some with larger structures “insect hotels” and a number of smaller single unit “habitat boxes”