Natural England has some very special and distinctive National Nature Reserves in the Peterborough area for you to visit and enjoy. All our sites are free to visit and intensive management is required for both wildlife and visitor access.
If you have enjoyed your visit to one of our reserves, your donation can help us to look after these unique and special places, now and for the future.
You can give any amount by clicking on the Donate button above, or to give £5 text NENG004 to 70970, or to donate £10 text NENG004 to 70191.
About our Peterborough reserves
Barnack Hills and Holes is one of Britain’s most important wildlife sites. Arising from the rubble of a mediaeval quarry, the site represents half of the surviving limestone grassland in Cambridgeshire, and is designated as a Special Area for Conservation to protect the orchid rich grassland.
Castor Hanglands is an oasis of green in an intensively farmed landscape. Walk amongst its ancient woodlands with their medieval boundary banks, the flowery heaths and commons still showing their 700 year old cultivation ridges, and you are stepping back in time to a world now almost gone.
Monks Wood is one of Britain’s best known lowland woods, home to many species of wild plant and a rich insect fauna. The ancient woodlands of oak, ash and field maple trees have an understorey of hazel, blackthorn, dogwood and sallow. The rare wild service tree is frequent.
Holme Fen is a rare and isolated remnant of fen habitat lying at the lowest most westerly point of the East Anglian fen basin with birch woodland, remnant ancient bog, heathland and acid grassland
Woodwalton fen is one of very few remnants of fen habitat to survive the large scale drainage for agriculture between the 17th and 19th century which saw the loss of almost all the wetland habitat in the wider area.
Thank you for visiting and supporting our reserves.