Lattersey credit. David Price

Lattersey

A disused quarry, now a haven for wildlife

Location

New Road
Whittlesey

Peterborough
PE7 1SZ

OS Map Reference

TL 282 966
A static map of Lattersey

Know before you go

Size
11 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

There is a small car park on New Road

Grazing animals

Yes

Walking trails

Main paths good; slightly rougher on minor paths; several flights of steps; boardwalk on southern side

Access

Not suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

summer

About the reserve

This local nature reserve used to be a quarry for brick clay and 'borrow' material used to build the local railway. The abandoned pits filled with water, providing a haven for the wildlife that was forced into the area as the surrounding fenland was drained and ploughed.  

Follow the boardwalk to explore the wetland, which is important for a variety of wildlife including water voles, water shrews and insects, especially dragonflies and damselflies, rare beetles and moths. Sedges, rushes and other wetland plants abound. The uncommon reed beetle can be found on the common reed.  

Twayblade and bee orchid can be found on the drier grassland areas. Dense scrub also provides food and shelter for birds such as woodcock, sparrowhawk and tawny owl. Look for round holes in tree trunks and sawdust left by feeding goat moth caterpillars. You may even spot a common lizard.  

Contact us

Contact number: 01954 713500

Environmental designation

County Wildlife Site
Local Nature Reserve (LNR)