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“So close to nature”

Potteric Carr Nature Reserve
Ranked #6 of 55 things to do in Doncaster
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an exceptional nature walk around a gorgeous nature reserve not unlike the Idle Valley reserve in Ranskill/Retford. Brilliant for kids with plenty of activities in the half term and a fantastic walk for friend and couples, taking in the scenery. When the sun shines you could be anywhere.
It's easy to get to off the M18 and perfect for those in Doncaster to just get away from the hustle and bustle and relax, without going too far.

Thank Jack H
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We were just passing and decided to call in just to enjoy a short walk, wrong we spent two hours there and this was not enough.
The layout and availability of many hives allowed us to view many of the birds there and we were even lucky enough to see a Roe Deer 20 yards on front of us.
Well worth the effort.

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Reviewed 6 March 2018

Easy to find as just off M180 - modern clean visitor centre with coffee, food, and toilets. One toilet at end of site (check if open) before you go round. Good selection of wildlife depending on time and weather. Extensive site - flat walking.
Entry fee but if you go regularly cheaper pay to join up for the year and visit lots of sites all over Yorkshire without entry charge.

Thank lmorgan2015
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

No prices on entry could only to be told how much it cost when at the entry door on entry to the reserve which was poorly signposted saw very little nature ie wildlife except for ducks for this I paid over five pounds I could have gone to the nearby lakeside and would have seen far more ducks for free

Thank Jeffliz45
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Reviewed 11 December 2017

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 well as commoner species. Overall, a great reserve.
The only reason I have deducted a mark was due to unisex toilets with extremely tiny hand basins and very high mirrors for anyone under 5' 8" tall!

Thank Heather P
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