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Nature Reserve




Previously managed by British Sugar, the ponds were used as settling ponds that took the washings from the sugar beet. The ponds are now leased to the Wildlife Trust on a 999-year agreement. The site is split into two halves. On the west side there is a reedbed that provides homes to many birds such as reed warbler and reed bunting. The pools and channels within the reedbed are home to great crested newt and some uncommon species of water beetle. Surrounding the reedbed is a circular boardwalk for easy access. On the west side of the site there is a small lake that can be viewed by leaving the boardwalk and following the track to the viewing platform. From here you can comfortably view the wildlife. herons can be regularly seen patrolling the edges while the open water is used by many species of ducks.

Opening Details

Open all the time

Dawn to Dusk


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Map reference: TL 184979  Lat: 52.56604 Long: -0.25460

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