Holt Island Nature Reserve

Holt Island Nature Reserve, St Ives: Hours, Address, Holt Island Nature Reserve Reviews: 4.5/5

Holt Island Nature Reserve
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KevinRayment
Welwyn, UK859 contributions
Sep 2021
Wandered along the river and wondered where the white bridge went and found this little gem. Very well looked after with a raised circular walk around the island.
Written 13 September 2021
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Jane B
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May 2021
A lovely little haven of peace and tranquility and paradise for nature lovers - birds, butterflies and dragonflies to name but a few. Walking distance from the market place and shops and close to St Ives Bridge.
Written 31 May 2021
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ybsae
Stockton-on-Tees, UK457 contributions
May 2021
Found it by chance. Worth a visit, and you can wander around in under half an hour if nothings happening at the time. Lots of native plants to be seen, but the wildlife on the day we visited was limited to a couple of ducks
Written 28 May 2021
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dace520
Redhill, UK924 contributions
Jun 2019
Until recently I did not know this was a nature reserve.
Reason; I have some nephews in this locality, we regularly visit, and every time we went for long walks, which feature around St Ives, and we took this particular route past "an island", I was informed they had camped on this island many times during in their Scouting years.
Consequently I would not have appreciated anyone having boisterous scouts being in the same position as an important nature reserve.
It made my smile when I learnt it was such the case.
We live and learn.
Written 25 February 2020
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Greg
Cambridge, UK5,209 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
Enjoyed a pleasant wander through the reserve taking in views of the River Ouse and sun-drenched boardwalk and shrubbery. This is a popular place to visit and enjoy time with picnics and there are plenty of benches to sit down at. You can see the flood plains and the area is a short walk from the Norris Museum, High Street and St Ives Bridge.
Written 4 July 2019
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rara213
Cambridge, UK74 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
A great place to visit and wander through, full of nature. A good place to keep children occupied for a short time.
Written 27 May 2019
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Tony G
St Ives, UK41 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
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 the island and lovely views across the flood plain to the historic town - itself worth a visit. Numerous picnic tables and bird watching points. Usually open at weekends from April to September, but at other times a key can be obtained from the nearby Norris Museum. Admission is free but donations are invited.
Written 15 January 2019
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AlinaRC
Hertfordshire1,165 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
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 the island with good views across he river and to the floodplains on the far bank. The day we visited there was a demonstration of basket making techniques. There were also activities for children over the weekend with butterflies. It is close to the parish church and museum - a pleasant 10 minute stroll from the high street.
Written 23 September 2018
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copletuna
54 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
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 and this added to the serenity of the place. It affords beautiful views of the river and gives an outlook on the backs of a number of riverside dwellings that are not possible from the road side. There are informative notices along the paths. Well worth a visit which will take about 30 to 40 minutes.
Written 10 September 2018
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Carol L
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Sep 2018 • Couples
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 and lawnmowers so it wasn't as tranquil as we had hoped. Having said that, it was beautifully looked after and I was able to use my camera to capture some images of butterflies and at the last minute a rare Willow Emerald Damselfly which made my day. We will certainly visit again.
Written 5 September 2018
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