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Dogsthorpe Star Pit
LNR Type: Urban
County: Cambridgeshire
Natural England
Regional Team:
East of England
Year of Declaration: 2004
Declaring Authority: Peterborough City Council
Area (Ha): Click here to open the site map (new window). Once displayed, click on the site to see area and other details.
Grid Reference: TF 213 026
Location: Beside the A47 between Peterborough and Eye. PE6 7YJ
Owned by: Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Peterborough Wildlife Trust
Managed by: Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Peterborough Wildlife Trust
SSSI Type: Biological
Link to site map: Click here to open the site map from the MAGIC web site.
How to get there: By bike and walking from the city centre follow the Green Wheel to and through Eye to Little Wood which is opposite Dogsthorpe Star Pit. Follow Green Wheel across Whitepost Road to the entrance.
Buses from Queensgate to Eye High Street. Get off at Toscanini's Restaurant and walk along Hodney Road to Little Wood, follow Green Wheel across Whitepost Road to the site entrance.
By car via the roundabout on Eye Bypass (A47) into Whitepost Road.
Parking in Hodney Road, first right after a quarter of a mile.
Entrance to Little Wood is off Hodney Road, and to Star Pit is over Whitepost Road via Green Wheel cycle track in the disused Welland Road behind Star Pit.
Visitor facilities: Surfaced circular path, accessible to all users including wheelchairs and pushchairs. Adjacent to cycle path. Education pack for schools and free introductory visit. Wildlife Trust Education Service for accompanied school visits.
Site leaflet.
Information boards.
Regular events
Car parking in Hodney Road.
What to see: A former clay pit with shallow pools which are important for the plants and beetles including brackish and fenland freshwater species. Dry banks of grassland with scrub and trees are good for plants, birds, butterflies and other invertebrates.

13 species of dragonflies and damselflies including the southern hawker. The salt from the underlying soils influences the plants which include large stands of grey clubrush, spiked water milfoil, water mint, marsh speedwell and common reed. Birds include snipe, shoveler, teal, kingfishers and herons. Common frogs and great crested newts are found on site. The drier grassland banks with scrub and trees have yellow-wort, bee orchid, greater burnet saxifrage and other plants. Butterflies include the rare white letter hairstreak as well as bumblebees, hoverflies and grasshoppers. The trees and shrubs are good shelter for birds including green, lesser and greater spotted woodpeckers, greenfinch, long tailed tits, long eared owl, kestrel, marsh harrier and sparrowhawk. Several rare migrants have been seen such as green winged teal.
Volunteer and 'Friends of' groups: Volunteer with The Wildlife Trust
Contacts for further information and how to get involved: The Wildlife Trust,
Peterborough Office
Tel: 01733 294543 -
Cambourne Office
Tel. 01954 713500
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Last updated 20/02/13
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