The Wetlands Nature Reserve was created in 2005 and is a culmination of several years of planning, design and construction, with two main principles:
- To act as a natural flood defence mechanism
- 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.
The six-hectare (15-acre) site has been specially created to provide a range of habitats for a range of plant and animal species. The Reserve includes several niche environments, each suitable for a specific set of animal and plant species. These include a dry grassland meadow area, ponds and aquatic/marginal areas around them, and a shrub and woodland area. Artificial otter holts have been built along the river bank, while a World War II pillbox has been adapted for use by bats.
Management of the Wetlands Nature Reserve
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 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.
For more information on the Wetlands Nature Reserve, please download our leaflet.
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.