Know before you go
Parking informationParking space on the opposite side of the road a little further north at Chapel Six Marshes
Visitors are requested not to walk around the pit; views of the reserve may be had by walking down the short track from the road
Difficult terrain, not suitable for wheelchair users
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitJanuary to December
About the reserve
Excavated for clay for the repair of the sea banks following the floods of 1953, the flooded pit has marginal reedbeds and aquatic plants, such as water-crowfoot and great reedmace. 15 species of duck have been recorded, mainly winter visitors. Grebes, divers and wild swans are also often seen in winter. In summer breeding species include reed and sedge warblers, lesser whitethroat, and great crested and little grebes can be seen. In August and September thousands of migrating swallows and house martins roost in the reedbeds. Screens of willows round the banks of the pits have been planted in order to reduce disturbance to birds.
Nearest postcode PE24 5XH. Please note - postcodes are for the nearest registered address as we are unable to get postcodes for nature reserves.