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RSPB Nene Washes


By Paul Brackley


Barn owl on a wooden fence. Picutre by Nathanx1.
Barn owl on a wooden fence. Picutre by Nathanx1.

A true birders' site - wading birds, wildfowl, birds of prey and owls.

RSPB Nene Washes

Address: 21A E Delph, Whittlesey, Peterborough PE7 1RH

Opening hours: Open at all times

Entry prices: Free to members; donations encouraged from non-members

Parking: Free car park

Toilets: None. Public toilets on Eastgate and Station Road in Whittlesey

Refreshments: None

Hides: None

Accessibility: Footpaths and bridleways are not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs

Dogs: Only allowed on footpaths and bridleways

What it lacks in facilities, this reserve makes up for in species. It’s a true birders’ site. Important for wading birds and wildfowl, this reserve is also a fantastic place to watch birds of prey and owls.

Marsh harriers and hobbies are visible in summer, and corncrakes can sometimes be heard calling into July, while hen harriers, peregrines and short-eared owls can be seen in the winter.

When the washes flood in winter, large flocks of Bewick’s and mute swans are present, along with many ducks and geese. Barn owls can be seen hunting for voles all year around.

Access consists of the Nene Way footpath along the bank at Eldernell, but the car park is a great place to view the washes. There are no other visitor facilities.

For more information visit the RSPB Nene Washes website.



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