The Nene Valley has a bold vision centered around the Nene Wetlands reserve, which aims to restore, improve, and connect seven wildlife sites within a square mile of nature reserve. These sites include existing nature reserves managed by the Wildlife Trust, such as Ditchford, Wilson’s Pit, Higham Ferrers Pits, and Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows. Additionally, the Trust has leased three sites within the Rushden Lakes complex (Skew Bridge Lake, Delta Pit, and Higham Ferrers Lake) from the developers, which are also integrated into the reserve.
The Nene Wetlands features a brand-new visitor center, the first for the Wildlife Trust BCN (Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Northamptonshire). This visitor center is located within the Rushden Lakes retail development, serving as a connection point for both wildlife enthusiasts and shoppers. The center aims to create an awareness and appreciation for the region’s unique natural and industrial heritage, as well as its future potential. Visitors are encouraged to recognize that they are sharing the destination with over 20,000 migratory birds, making it one of Europe’s premier locations to witness this impressive natural spectacle.