Contacts and, where available, websites of organisations which support Paxton Pits. Paxton Pits Nature Reserve contacts
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Besides the Nature Reserve, other lakes in the Pits Complex are used for recreational activities.
Fishing - Cloudy, Rudd and Hayling Lakes
Little Paxton Fisheries. Permits from Ouse Valley Specialist Angling, 25-31 Huntingdon Street, St Neots. Telephone 01480 386088
Sailing - Paxton Lakes Sailing Club
Telephone 01707 322141
Waterskiing - South Lake Ski School
Telephone 01480 216966
Other organisations associated with the nature reserve
The local authority manages the site for people and wildlife. It owns part of the reserve and has a Management Agreement with Oxford University over the remainder.
The country’s longest long distance footpath, from Brackley in Northamptonshire to King’s Lynn in Norfolk, forms the eastern edge of the Paxton Pits complex.
The expanding village of Little Paxton lies on the southern edge of the nature reserve and many villagers are visitors, volunteers and Friends of Paxton Pits.
The RSPB has supported the establishment and development of the Paxton Pits Nature Reserve, and continues to advise on habitat creation and management.
Rick Harrison 01480 465885 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Central England Co-operative (formerly Anglia Co-operative)
The Company’s Eaton Socon food store has been a very generous supporter of Paxton Pits Nature Reserve. Projects sponsored by Central England Co-operative include a Dragonfly Viewing Platform, a bird observation screen and improvements to the accessibility of nature trails.
Part of Paxton Pits Nature Reserve and some parts of the wider Pits complex are County Wildlife Sites, designated by The Wildlife Trust because of their scarce flora and importance for breeding waders and warblers. The local group in Huntingdon provides talks about wildlife conservation, opportunities to get involved in local nature conservation activities and learn about wildlife.
The Wildlife Trust manages and operates the Environmental Education Centre at Paxton Pits Nature Reserve. Activities for children of all ages are organised throughout the year, and educational programmes are provided for school groups in the region. Contact email@example.com
Conservation work at Paxton Pits is contributing to Cambridgeshire's Biodiversity Action Plan - check out our area’s priorities.
Natural England is the government’s nature conservation adviser and is responsible for ensuring that Sites of Special Scientific Interest are managed properly.
Bardon Aggregates operates the mineral extraction facility in the area to the north of Paxton Pits Nature Reserve (in Southoe and Diddington). The Company’s help and cooperation is invaluable in undertaking management work in those areas of its quarry that will eventually become the extension to the nature reserve.
Sudbury Meadow is in St Neots, a 0.8ha (2 acre) site, owned by Huntingdonshire District Council. The Friends of Sudbury Meadow has taken on its management, working closely with staff and volunteers involved with Paxton Pits.
We also recommend checking out the St Neots community website for more information about the surrounding area.