Wetlands Nature Reserve : Introduction

The Wetlands Nature Reserve was created in 2005 and is a culmination of several years of planning, design and construction, with two main principles reasons; First to act as a natural flood defence mechanism; second to create a new and diverse natural habitat, open for all to enjoy.

The Reserve consists of a mix of habitats, including naturally filled ponds, wet grassland, wet woodland, riverbank habitats, shrubs and individual specimen trees. The creation of these areas will help contribute to local wildlife targets for the county as a whole.

We work closely with the Cambridgeshire Wildlife Trust who provide their expertise and guidance in creating a reserve where people can appreciate and learn about local wildlife as part of their everyday life.

We are fortunate to have a Community Conservation Group composed of representatives from Hinxton and Ickleton villages, along with members of the Genome Campus staff and volunteers from the general public.

Working closely with the Wildlife Trust, the Group take an active role in promoting activities such as "Bat Nights" and Bird box building sessions. General maintenance days also take place throughout the year.

For further information on how to become a member of the group, please see our contact page.

The Wetlands covers a 6.1 hectare site, bordered by the River Cam to the east and the London - Cambridge railway line to the west.

The Wetlands Nature Reserve is open to the public all day every day. The entrance to the Reserve is at grid reference TL 498 442.

For more information on the Wetlands Nature Reserve, please download our leaflet.

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