Paxton Pits Nature Reserve

Lake at Paxton Pits

Paxton Pits Nature Reserve covers 77 hectares of lakes, meadow, grassland, scrub and woodland where you can enjoy a wealth of wildlife all year round. The reserve is a SSSI (Special Site of Scientific Interest) for its water birds and is well known for nightingales which can be heard singing between the end of April and June.

The reserve supports a wide variety of birds, insects, mammals and flora and this variety of wildlife is one of the reasons why Paxton Pits is such a special place. Many different types of dragonflies can be seen around the lakes and ponds in the summer months and Paxton Pits is now nationally recognised as a Dragonfly Hotspot.

Whether you are painting the scenery with watercolours, bird watching or going for a walk, we hope you enjoy your visit.

The reserve is open to visitors at all times. The Visitor Centre is open 11am to 3pm every day except Friday, subject to volunteer availability. The toilets are open 11am to 3pm daily.

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The Friends of Paxton Pits Nature Reserve is the voluntary group which supports the conservation of Paxton Pits.


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The Friends of Paxton Pits

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