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Potteric Carr Nature Reserve

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Potteric Carr Nature Reserve Mallard Way, Doncaster DN4 8DB, England
+44 1302 570077
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Superb nature reserve with new visitor centre.

Visited the reserve as part of a group. Staff were very helpful providing us with maps and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Heather P
excellent value, great walk

it is a nautre reserve so nothing is guaranteed, you may see birds and other animals you may not... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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Nature paths suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs will wind you around a stunning, safe wetland habitat littered with pockets of woodland and wildflower meadows, and a cracking cafe is a great place for you recharge with friends. Hides allow you and your family to get up close and personal with birds such as woodpeckers and kingfishers and during your wander you may also encounter mammals such as roe deer and hedgehogs. The meadows during summer are full of butterflies on the wing in comparison to a snow laden winter where you may be lucky enough to spot our overwintering bitterns - this globally threatened species a real highlight to see for any wildlife watcher.Please note that we close over the Christmas period, check our website for details. We will be open every other day of the year (weather permitting) please see are website for further details. Unfortunately dogs, horses, bike, scooters etc are unfortunately not permitted on site.
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Potteric Carr Nature Reserve Mallard Way, Doncaster DN4 8DB, England
+44 1302 570077
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Visited the reserve as part of a group. Staff were very helpful providing us with maps and guidance where to try to see particular species. Many of our group saw willow tit and bittern and a few saw water rail and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, as...More

Thank Heather P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

it is a nautre reserve so nothing is guaranteed, you may see birds and other animals you may not. We were lucky with a kingfisher but never saw the marsh harriers; so we will go back. Good facilities, easy walking (no hills) great for families

Thank rickfug
Reviewed 9 November 2017

Whether you go for a couple of hours or a full day, lots of things to see and great walks, lovely café.

Thank GillyGBJ
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

I recently joined the Yorkshire wildlife trust £3.75 p/m for a family of 3 to avoid paying the £10 entrance fee for Potteric Carr which I feel is a little over priced!! However that being said it doesn't take away from how lovely this place...More

Thank KGU112
Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

Been with my kids. Nice walks and plenty of things to see. Kids enjoyed themselves and want to go back to explore some of the other paths that we missed. Restaurant is nice too and not that expensive.

Thank Stephan G
Reviewed 6 September 2017

This wonderful nature reserve is unassumingly tucked-away beside the M18 entrance to Doncaster. Once you enter the world changes and you are transported away from the concrete jungle. The noise of the motorway does at times penetrate but the site is large enough for you...More

Thank rodkersh
Reviewed 4 September 2017

myself, hubby and kids went to the reserve. lovely to get away...no phones or technology, just us and the great outdoors! great way to explore, lovely, clean trails :)

Thank kealz22
Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

I am a volunteer with natural England and they organised a trading day on the water vole an endangered species. It was an interesting and informative day and although we did not see any water vole we did see sign of them plus we had...More

Thank marfelllabs
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

This is a beautiful reserve with a lovely cafe and very friendly, knowledgeable staff who informed us about mosquito riddled paths to avoid. Great hides and areas to take it all in.

Thank SteveS1970
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust's enthusiastic welcome set up a very pleasurable visit. We decided on the red and blue trails with our map and rented binoculars to enjoy the strategically positioned birdwatching hides to enjoy Lapwings, ducks, swans, waders, Herons, Egrets, Cormorants and many more!...More

Thank Gary J
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Nikki P
17 September 2017|
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Response from Dalelynne | Reviewed this property |
If you just walk and don't look probably 3 hours. If you want to do it justice I would go all day.
12 August 2017|
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Response from DonnyDave30 | Reviewed this property |
no, the majority of the paths are either limestone, tarmac or mud. There are the odd boarding in muddy areas but I've seen wheelchair users frequently so I wouldn't worry about your footing. If you are overly concerned then... More
3 April 2017|
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Response from DonnyDave30 | Reviewed this property |
It certainly is accessible by car yes. but I've walking it from my home (Wadworth), and if you want to use public transport there is a park and ride near Morrisons (Watervole Way, Doncaster DN4 5JP), webiste info here... More