Mill River Nature Reserve

A recently created nature reserve comprising 75 acres.

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15 June 2019


Entrance Fee:
£5.00 per adult, children under 12 go free
2.00 pm - 5.00 pm
Garden Owner:
The Wentzel family and the parishioners of Shingay-cum-Wendy

For all enquiries, please get in touch with Cathy Curtis by email at or by phone on 07921 941394

This is a recently created nature reserve, normally only open to the parishioners of Shingay cum Wendy and their guests.

Comprising 75 acres adjacent to the beautiful and tranquil Mill River, the reserve provides a valuable and varied wildlife corridor. Since its creation in 2015, over 30,000 trees and shrubs have been planted and extensive habitat creation undertaken.

The reserve plans were developed, implemented and are now maintained by South Cambs Conservation Consultants (SCCC) in consultation with Cambs Wildlife Trust.

SCCC Partner Will Garfit is a renowned wildlife artist, countryman and naturalist, and will give a presentation at 3.00 pm and then lead a guided tour. (Alison Schwabe and Simon Saggers will also be on hand for further information.)

For those who prefer to wander independently, an information sheet will be available on the day to identify the different walks along the mown paths that flank the river.

It will also highlight key points of interest, including the fine lime tree avenue, bird and insect life, and wildflowers.

The reserve was created following the installation of a nearby solar farm, which is now cleverly screened. It is an excellent example of landowners and the community working together to create something special.

Homemade teas will be served in the water meadow and there will be a treasure hunt and ‘things to look for’ activity for children.

Parking is available nearby.

The tented tea area and walking routes are both wheelchair accessible. 



Turning of the A1198 to Shingay-cum-Wendy, continue into the village. The nature reserve is on the left hand side.


  • Teas and refreshments
  • Car parking
  • Wheelchair access
  • Dogs on leads