An environmental education centre surrounded by a great nature reserve

Environmental Education Centre

This centre offers a great learning experience for visiting education and community groups - including a chance to get up close to local wildlife on the surrounding nature reserve throughout the year. You can see wildfowl in the winter and nightingales in the spring, and some are even lucky enough to see an elusive otter. As well as the wildlife outdoors, the Education Centre has a large classroom, spacious veranda and a specially made outdoor learning area.

Visiting school groups have exclusive use of the Education Centre for the day, as well as access to the surrounding Paxton Pits Nature Reserve. 

In the school holidays we can sometimes offer self-guided wildlife activities for families. Please check our events listings to see when these are available. There are also Wildlife Watch groups based at Paxton Pits for local children and teenagers.

Outdoor Learning Area

Volunteers spent an amazing 360 days helping us to create an outdoor learning area around the Centre. The space, which was once a quarry vehicle depot, now boasts a willow woolly mammoth storytelling area, a performance area, raised ponds, vegetable beds, a mini meadow and a minibeast hotel made out of old boats.

We've planted nectar-rich flowers and trees to provide a haven for bees and other insects. Local plants, such as viper's bugloss which is great for bumblebees, and teasel which is a good source of food for birds in the winter, have also self-seeded themselves. Mulleins, the food plant of the mullein moth grow and biting stonecrop - a very drought tolerant plant thrives. New specis of insects visit our garden each month.

Contact us

Please get in touch if you would like to pay a visit

This centre is the result of funding by Natural England through Defra’s Aggregate Levy Sustainability Fund and Cambridgeshire Horizons. Partners in the project Huntingdonshire District Council manage the nature reserve with support from The Friends of Paxton Pits Nature Reserve.

A-Z of Wildlife

Photo of Great Crested Grebe

Name: Great Crested Grebe

Scientific name: Podiceps cristatus

Category: Grebes and divers

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