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 famous for its nightingales and cormorants and is home to a wide variety of other birds, insects, mammals and flora. Whether you are painting the scenery with watercolours, bird watching or going for a walk, we hope you enjoy your visit.
In 2018 Paxton Pits Nature Reserve received the Green Flag Award, which recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces in the country.
The reserve is open to visitors at all times. The Visitor Centre is open from approximately 10am to 4.30pm every day (except Christmas Day), subject to volunteer availability.
The reserve is also home to an Environmental Education Centre, which is managed by the local Wildlife Trust. The Friends of Paxton Pits support the reserve by organising events and activities to raise funds to improve the reserve for people and wildlife.
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See our leaflet and map for directions on how to find us.