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