Nene Washes

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The Nene Washes is one of the finest areas of floodplain meadows in the UK with large numbers of breeding wading birds, including snipe and black-tailed godwits, infact this is the UK's most important site for breeding black-tailed godwits with around 40 pairs nest here in spring. Thousands may also gather on the floods in winter before heading to Iceland to breed. Snipe can be seen at the Nene Washes all year-round and when the barn owls have young to feed, you could see them at any time of day as they scour the grassland for small voles and shrews to take back to their nest.

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National Cycle Network Route 63 passes 1 mile (1.5 km) to the south of the the footpath.


Whittlesea station on the Peterborough-Ely line has a train every two hours, Monday-Saturday only. It is a 2.5 mile (4 km) walk from the station to the south bank at Bassenhally.


Buses run along on the A605, through the village of Coates. Alight at Coates Council Houses and walk down Eldernell Lane about 1 mile.


The reserve is 8 miles (13 km) east of Peterborough, and north-east of Whittlesey. There is a car park at the end of Eldernell Lane, off the A605 east of Coates. There is currently no signposting to the reserve.


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Free, but donations to help RSPB continue their work here are appreciated.


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