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Wilson's Pits (Nene Wetlands)

ADVANCE NOTICE: Because of the roadworks associated with the widening of the adjacent roundabout, access to the Wilson's Pits Nature Reserve will be severaly restricted and often impossible for the foreseeable future. There will be no parking near the gate. We regret the inconvenience, but it is beyond our control.

Part of a large gravel pit complex

This reserve has now been combined with several others to form the Nene Wetlands, part of the Nene Valley Living Landscape. To find out more, please visit the Nene Wetlands page.


Wilson's Pits are three disused gravel pits with areas of scrub, grassland and the newly created 'scrape' areas. The older pit has developed into a sheltered area surrounded by maturing willows and reedbeds that are very important for invertebrates.

Part of a larger Site of Special Scientific Interest, this is an important refuge for overwintering and breeding birds, including little grebe, shoveler, gadwall, reed warbler and reed bunting.

In the summer you can see a huge variety of dragonflies and damselflies which use the vegetation on the edge of the pits, including brown hawker and black-tailed skimmer.


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

Nearby nature reserves

Nene Wetlands
0 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Higham Ferrers Pits (Nene Wetlands)
1 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Ditchford Lakes and Meadows (Nene Wetlands)
1 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

4 miles from
Map reference
SP 944 680
Best time to visit
Apr - Aug
Sep - Feb
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32.00 hectares
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Wide level grass tracks
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Tel: 01604 405285