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Latest sightings

Sightings are recorded over at the blog, which contains the most up-to-date reports. Records are listed by area, with unconfirmed reports in purple. If we don’t state where a sighting was, it may be because we don’t know!

Latest sightings for November include a face-off between a great white egret and a bittern, the arrival of the redwings and lots of waders still being spotted on the lakes as the water level is still low. October was a great month for birds, too, as this write-up from Trevor explains.

Your sightings are important to us!
Whether the sightings are birds, mammals, insects, spiders, fungi or unusual plant life - we would really like to hear from you. Please help us to keep our records up to date by adding your sightings to http://paxtonpits.blogspot.com/ or email sightings@paxton-pits.org.uk

What is where? (click the links for a map)
Please note: the pits and land north of the nature reserve are part of a private working quarry, busy with machinery and vehicles, and with deep water and unstable sand/clay. There is strictly no access at any time, either from the nature reserve or neighbouring villages. Two areas can be viewed from public footpaths: Washout Pit from the Ouse Valley Way and Island Pit from the southerly end of the eastern shore.

Sightings are now in a web log (blog) format. This will enable us to keep you up to date more quickly.

Otters are always about and sightings are recently increasingly common. Muntjac deer are easily seen on the arable and we have a tame black squirrel at the Hayden Hide. Frogs and Toads are now very scarce here, but newts are thriving. Look in any shallow pond for smooth newts and in the garden pond for great crested newts.

Insects Click for butterfly and dragonfly information and photos.

Spotting on Heronry North
(Paul Biggins)