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Paxton Pits Nature Reserve

Paxton Pits Nature Reserve is a rich mosaic of wildlife habitats covering 78 hectares of lakes, riverside, meadow, reedbed, scrub and woodland, situated in the Great Ouse valley between St Neots and Huntingdon. The Reserve is famous for its nightingales and cormorants, and is host to a wide variety of other birds, insects, mammals and flora.

The Reserve is managed by Huntingdonshire District Council, and is supported by the Friends of Paxton Pits Nature Reserve, which organises events and activities to raise funds that improve facilities for people and habitat for wildlife.

Paxton Pits, as a wildlife haven is a fairly recent event; millions of years of history went into making it the place it is today. The geology of the Ouse Valley makes it a good area to quarry for sand and gravel, which in turn creates holes that are great for wildlife. The quarrying has dug up some fascinating insights into local history too.
Digging into the earth reveals the rock strata and fossilised remains of early wildlife, in the geology section.

Once humans came on the scene, they left remains that have been investigated by archaeologists. There was wildlife, too, including some impressive mammoths.

Since the 1930s, quarrying has changed the landscape and created a haven for wildlife. From a small nature reserve in the late 1980s, Paxton Pits has grown to become popular with wildlife and people.

The Reserve is open to the public all day, every day. The Visitors’ Centre is open most days, where Voluntary Wardens, leaflets, maps and refreshments are available to help you get the most from your visit.

For more details visit their website.