A disused quarry, now a haven for wildlife

This local nature reserve used to be a quarry for brick clay and 'borrow' material used to build the local railway. The abandoned pits filled with water, providing a haven for the wildlife that was forced into the area as the surrounding fenland was drained and ploughed.


Follow the boardwalk to explore the wetland, which is important for a variety of wildlife including water voles, water shrews and insects, especially dragonflies and damselflies, rare beetles and moths. Sedges, rushes and other wetland plants abound. The uncommon reed beetle can be found on the common reed.


Twayblade and bee orchid can be found on the drier grassland areas. Dense scrub also provides food and shelter for birds such as woodcock, sparrowhawk and tawny owl. Look for round holes in tree trunks and sawdust left by feeding goat moth caterpillars. You may even spot a common lizard.


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

Nearby nature reserves

Stanground Wash
5 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Stanground Newt Ponds
5 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Dogsthorpe Star Pit
6 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

6 miles from
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TL 282 966
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11.30 hectares
County Wildlife Site
Local Nature Reserve (LNR)
Walking information
Main paths good; slightly rougher on minor paths; several flights of steps; boardwalk on southern side
In Whittlesey turn right on to B1093 at second roundabout. Take second left onto New Road. Pass the recycling centre and turn into the car park on the right.
Dogs must be on lead
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Tel: 01733 687515