Paxton PIts to quadruple in size

The size of Paxton Pits nature reserve will almost quadruple over the coming 10 years following a deal with landowners downstream of the present 192-acre site. At a ceremony to mark the agreement yesterday (Tuesday), the landowners looked at how Huntingdo

The size of Paxton Pits nature reserve will almost quadruple over the coming 10 years following a deal with landowners downstream of the present 192-acre site.

At a ceremony to mark the agreement yesterday (Tuesday), the landowners looked at how Huntingdonshire District Council plans to manage the habitat expansion to more than 700 acres to make it one of the largest reserves in Cambridgeshire.

Pictured with HDC leader Councillor Ian Bates, front left, are Edmund Thornhill, who owns most of Diddington, Colin Jenkins of Aggregate Industries, whose company has been extracting gravel, Tim del Nevo of Oxford University, which owns the rest of the additional land, and local district councillor Ken Churchill.

Dr Ray Matthews, chairman of the 2,000-member Friends of Paxton Pits, centre back, said: "This is an historic moment for the reserve.