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About Fen Drayton Lakes

Young hobby eating dragonfly in mid-air

Image: Graham Catley

This complex of lakes and traditional riverside meadows next to the River Great Ouse used to be gravel workings. It is a fantastic place to explore and watch birds with huge numbers of ducks, swans and geese on the lakes in winter. In summer, terns, hobbies and a variety of dragonflies are regularly seen. Otters also live here, but are rarely seen.

Several public rights-of-way and trails cross the reserve. Disabled access is possible to one of the viewing screens. Please call for more information.

Opening times

Open at all times.

Entrance charges

None, though donations to help us continue our work here are appreciated.

If you are new to birdwatching...

Wildfowl flocks can be seen from autumn to spring, with breeding warblers, hedgerow and wetland birds from spring to autumn.

Information for families

Some family events are held. Please check the events page for details.

Information for dog owners

Dogs are only allowed on public footpaths and bridleways

Contact us

Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 52.293939,-0.018244
  • Grid reference: TL352680
  • Nearest town: St Ives, Cambridgeshire
  • County: Cambridgeshire
  • Country: England

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