Norwood Road

Norwood Road - Pat Doody

Norwood Road

A precious wildlife refuge sheltered in the heart of a fenland town.


400m north of railway station

OS Map Reference

TL 417 980
A static map of Norwood Road

Know before you go

3 hectares

Entry fee


Walking trails

There is an extensive boardwalk around much of the site, which can be very wet.


Not suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

This reserve was originally several cottages and a railway 'borrow pit' from which ballast was removed. The pit has flooded to create a deep pool, and the gardens reverted to natural grass. A variety of wildlife habitats exist here, including marsh, open water and hawthorn scrub.

The water attracts coot, moorhen and mallard, as well as sedge and reed warblers nesting in the reeds. Newts use the cottage rubble for winter hibernation. Other species you might see include grass snake, narrow buckler-fern, adder's-tongue fern and, at dusk in summer, noctule bats.   

Contact us

Contact number: 01954 713500

Environmental designation

County Wildlife Site

Location map

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Did you enjoy your visit? From donating to volunteering, there are many different ways you can help us restore and protect local wildlife. We can't do this without you!

How you can help

Betony at Upwood Meadows June  - c. Robert Enderby

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