This six-hectare (15-acre) nature reserve has been specially created to provide a range of habitats for local plant and animal species. The reserve provides a natural flood-relief mechanism. By acting as a large sponge and storing rainwater during periods of heavy rainfall, the wetland reduces the likelihood of flooding downstream. The ponds are filled naturally so water levels fluctuate as the water table rises and falls.
The reserve supports a wealth of wildlife in its mosaic of habitats—grassland, hedgerows, woodland and aquatic/marginal vegetation. This variation means there is something to see at all times of the year whether it’s wildflowers in the Summer or ice and frozen seedheads in the Winter.
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 the Wellcome Genome 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. For further information on how to become a member of the group, please see our contact page.
The Wetlands Nature Reserve is open to local villagers on foot and Campus staff and visitors. There is no public parking available. The entrance to the Reserve is at grid reference TL 498 442.
Aims and objectives
Our primary objective in managing the reserve is to conserve and enhance it, to continually improve habitats and increase our understanding of its wildlife.
Wildlife management and working to enhance biodiversity is key to our commitment to maintaining this beautiful wetland for all to enjoy.
Monitoring and surveying
We carry out various surveys including a common bird census, otter, butterfly and small mammal audit.
We are fortunate to have some Campus staff who have an interest in ornithology and regularly go out onto the Wetlands Reserve and around the Campus to help keep a record of the wildlife and birds that are using the area.
Frequently asked questions
Answers to questions that visitors often want to ask before visiting the Wetlands Nature Reserve, including advice to dog walkers.
Managing Wetlands Nature Reserve is a team effort, of Wildlife Trust, volunteers and members of staff of the Wellcome Genome Campus.
Comments/questions/suggestions about the management of the nature reserve and to offer your help for weekday and weekend conservation activities, sightings, surveys or register for events please contact:-
Aims and objectives
Our primary objective in managing the reserve is to conserve and enhance it, to continually improve habitats and increase our understanding of its wildlife.Learn more