A mixture of wetland, grassland and woodland with a surprising wealth of wildlife

This combination of newly created green spaces and existing habitats demonstrates how wildlife can be accommodated in a new village and how it can help to enhance life for all residents. You may be surprised by the amount of wildlife there is to find here, from badgers in the woodland to great crested newts in the ponds. Crow Hill in the reserve is particularly good for farmland birds, such as skylarks and corn buntings, and wetland birds enjoy the newly established lakes.

The grassland areas have been sown with wildflower seeds and are alive with butterflies and other insects in the summer, while brilliantly coloured dragonflies chase around the ponds. The community orchard features rare and local fruit varieties including the Cambridge Gage plum and Chivers Delight apples. They are planted in blocks with similar flowering times to encourage cross pollination.

This site is part of the West Cambridgeshire Hundreds Living Landscape Scheme.

Fishing is permitted on Lake Ewart only and is run by Cambourne Fishing Club. Permits and rod licenses must be purchased in advance.


Leaflets and maps can be found in the downloads box below right.


The map below is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive land boundary.

Nearby nature reserves

Hardwick Wood
3 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Overhall Grove
3 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Hayley Wood
4 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

Nature reserve map

Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2012. For indicative purposes does not show exact boundaries.

Reserve information

School Lane Cambourne
CB23 5DQ
Map reference
TL 316 595
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Nature reserve open at all times. Oaks Wood car park is locked at night (changes when clocks change - Winter 5pm, Summer 8pm, open by 9am).
90.00 hectares
Living Landscape schemes
West Cambridgeshire Hundreds
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Car parks are located at Oaks Wood on School Lane, behind the supermarket and near the Allotments on Brace Dein. Oaks Wood Car Park is closed at 8pm during summer time (BST) and 5pm during winter. It is opened by 9am each morning.
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In boundary meadows
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Tel: 01954 713500