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Five Arches Pit

Open water, reedbeds and willows in a fenland habitat that was once a quarry

The water-filled pit was created when material was quarried in order to build the adjacent railway embankment and Five Arches bridge. The pit and the area surrounding it developed a rich variety of wetland features, from mature willows and dense scrub to reedbeds and open water. From the footpath there are views of the open water and reedbed through the branches of the willows. Along the stone surface of the path grow collared earth star fungus.


Many birds call this site home, including warblers and water rail. A long running recording scheme regularly records more than 30 breeding bird species. Occasionally, marsh harrier and grey heron have been known to breed in the reedbed and willows.


To maintain the wetland, we coppice and pollard areas of willow on rotation.

 

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

Species and habitats

Habitats
Wetland
Species
Marsh Harrier, Water Rail

Nearby nature reserves

Woodwalton Marsh
1 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Gamsey Wood
2 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Lady's Wood
3 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

Location
7.9 miles from Huntingdon
Huntingdon
Cambridgeshire
Map reference
TL 203 830
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Size
4.00 hectares
Access
Some gradients on path,which can be rough in parts
Dogs
Dogs under effective control
Grazing animals
no
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Tel: 01954 713500
cambridgeshire@wildlifebcn.org