Pitsford Water Nature & Wildlife

As a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest, Pitsford Nature Reserve plays host to a diverse range of fascinating species and is a haven for wildlife.

What can I see?

Pitsford Water is particularly good for avid birdwatchers, with a range of diving birds, waders and more.

You can expect to find:

  • Black-headed gulls
  • Little egrets
  • Great northern divers (common loons)
  • Great crested grebes
  • Slavonian grebes (horned grebes)
  • Green sandpipers
  • Whimbrels
  • Lapwings
  • Pheasants

And, with both scrub and wetland, it also supports a number of rare plants, healthy insect, mammal and amphibian populations, including:

  • Green dragonflies
  • Burnet moths
  • Twin-lobed deerflies
  • Large skipper moths


Nature Partnership with Anglian Water Parks


What can I do?

There’s a self-guided walk along our nature trail and some discreet, purpose-built bird hides, many of which offer wheelchair access.

The nature reserve at Pitsford Water is an excellent setting for those who enjoy birdwatching, with purpose built hides and a nature trail.

Plus, we hold regular events on the nature reserve and you’re more than welcome to volunteer to get involved in any activities.

More information can be found on the dedicated Pitsford Water Nature Reserve website.

Pitsford Nature Reserve is managed in partnership with the Wildlife Trust BCN.

Pitsford Water Nature & Wildlife
Pitsford Water Nature & Wildlife

Do I need a birdwatching permit?

You can buy an annual nature reserve permit that’s valid here at Pitsford, as well as at Rutland, Hollowell, Taverham and water parks.

Or, if you prefer, day permits to Pitsford Water Park nature reserves are available at the fishing lodge at Holcot. And there’s a day permit discount for senior citizens and under 18's.

What’s more, there are small nature reserves at Hollowell reservoir with access restricted to Pitsford Nature Reserve season ticket holders only.

Birdwatching permits for Pitsford Water Park and Hollowell Reservoir are available from:

Pitsford Water Fishing Lodge

Brixworth Road




Telephone: 01604 781350

Email: fishing@anglianwater.co.uk