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Cambourne Nature Reserve

Built around a new village, with ponds, grasslands, woodlands and an orchard

Cambourne is home to the headquarters of the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire. The nature reserve and country park that surround the town is managed by the Trust.


Cambourne’s combination of existing and newly created habitats shows that wildlife can be accommodated in a new development and enhance life for all residents. A surprising amount of wildlife dwells here, from badgers in the woodland, deer in the woods and great crested newts in the ponds.

The grassland areas have been sown with wildflower seeds and butterflies and other insects dance over them in summer. Crow Hill supports farmland birds such as skylark and meadow pipit, while wetland birds and dragonflies enjoy the lakes.

A community orchard is planted with rare and local varieties including the Cambridge Gage plum and Chivers Delight apples. To encourage wildflowers, we mow the rides and cut back the grasslands.


Leaflets, walks 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 6BJ
Map reference
TL 316 594
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Opening Times
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