Know before you go
Access to the nature reserve is via existing gateways from Slipe Drove and from Willow Tree Fen nature reserve
Grass tracks with hand gates and stiles present; the grass ramp to the top of the bank is steep and grazed by cattle so can be uneven and difficult in places
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to July
About the reserve
The nature reserve consists of an area of land between the river and the road. There are wide areas of grassland which flood when river levels are high, wet marsh pools, borrow pits and a roadside dyke. There are extensive areas of water crowfoot, patches of water violet and, in the roadside dyke banks, yellow loosestrife. Yellow rattle, common fleabane and ragged robin are also present.
Breeding birds include great crested grebe, mallard, coot, reed warbler, reed bunting and whitethroat. Barn owls can be seen hunting over the reserve. In the winter months, large numbers of wildfowl are attracted to the river including wigeon, mallard, teal, tufted duck and goosander. Winter flocks of lapwing and golden plover can also be present on adjacent fields. There is a small woodland area with mature hawthorn hedge which attracts thrush species.
The reserve is grazed by cattle and used for hay-making. Weir boards in the roadside dyke helps keep meadows moist in early summer and riverside scrapes, that re-flood each winter, have been created.
Nearest postcode PE11 3NG or PE11 3QF. Please note - postcodes are for the nearest registered address as we are unable to get postcodes for nature reserves.