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Holt Island Nature Reserve

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Lovely Oasis on the edge of town

An island in the River Great Ouse on the edge of St Ives, once a hive of activity growing willow... read more

Reviewed January 15, 2019
Tony G
St Ives, United Kingdom
Peaceful spot a few minutes from the town centre

A pleasant spot by the river in St Ives, Holt Island used to be a commercial willow growing... read more

Reviewed September 23, 2018
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All reviews lovely place basket making well worth a visit the river boardwalk butterflies edge volunteers willow april key activities children town museum
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Reviewed January 15, 2019

An island in the River Great Ouse on the edge of St Ives, once a hive of activity growing willow for basket making and shipping it down the river to market. Now, maintained by volunteers, it is a haven for wildlife with a boardwalk round...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed September 23, 2018

A pleasant spot by the river in St Ives, Holt Island used to be a commercial willow growing planting. Now the island is a sanctuary for wildlife with the willows and reeds providing a home for birds, butterflies and dragonflies. There is a boardwalk around...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 10, 2018

The nature reserve can be most easily accessed from the main part of the town via the churchyard of All Saints. It is a superb little reserve and has well formed paths on boardwalks. At the time of visiting there was no one else there...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed September 5, 2018

We picked a Sunday morning for our first visit here, which was perhaps a mistake as the church bells were ringing noisily as we crossed the bridge. It also appeared to be a maintenance day, so there were a number of volunteers busy with hammers...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Carol L
Reviewed August 20, 2018

A short walk to the edge of town and over a little quiet bridge brings you to this hidden gem of a nature reserve. There's a small visitors hut with information about recent wildlife sitings, plus a trail and pencils to pick up for the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 6, 2018

Run by a team of knowledgeable and dedicated people encouraging everyone to learn and participate in the work they do there. Love the 'Adopt a Nest Box' scheme and the Holt Island Honey is delicious.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed June 18, 2018

Holt Island Nature Reserve is a lovely place for children to wander. A great deal of work has gone into this project and when we took our grandchildren there they had a thoroughly wonderful day, ending in face paintings which we had great difficulty in...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Elaine E
Reviewed May 28, 2018

This has a pathway through on a mixture of boardwalk and grass paths. There are lots of boards telling you what to look out for whether it is mammals, birds, butterflies, flowers or water-life. A calm oasis with some seats to enjoy the peacefulness.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank 961SueW
Reviewed May 16, 2018

lovely place, very peaceful. Take a quiet stroll around the island on the boardwalk watching out for the numerous examples of flora and fauna.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank ianj507
Reviewed May 13, 2018

Not open all of the time but worth organizing a trip for the sheer peace & quiet!A boardwalk enables one to walk round the island where you can see almost all of Cambs wildlife at one time or another.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Response from Nusia52 | Reviewed this property |
If kept on a lead at all times only as there are badgers there