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Potteric Carr Nature Reserve

#10 of 52 things to do in Doncaster Features Animals
Potteric Carr Nature Reserve Mallard Way, Doncaster DN4 8DB, England
+44 1302 570077
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Beauty on your door strep

After visiting for the fist time in April, we enjoyed the experience that much that we became... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Mary M
Doncaster, United Kingdom
Brilliant for wildlife

This is a great place to see wildlife. On a warm sunny day in summer the butterflies and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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 6 days ago

After visiting for the fist time in April, we enjoyed the experience that much that we became members and visit every time the weather is fine. We often take a picnic and make a day of it with friends or grandchildren

Thank Mary M
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to see wildlife. On a warm sunny day in summer the butterflies and dragonflies are on the wing and offer opportunities for photography or just identification of warriors species. The birds are well worth seeing with species not seen regularly...More

Thank Dalelynne
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great place to visit to watch, see and be around nature. On a quick walk we even saw deer at 2 different points - as close as 5 yards away! Probably needs a bit of work on wayfinding, the paths on the map are...More

Thank SummerJobber
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I hadn't been to Potteric Carr for well over 30 years so I wasn't sure what to expect. The layout with clearly defined short, medium and long walks make it easy for people of differing abilities to enjoy this haven for wildlife. We saw a...More

Thank BarryONeil
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This site is very large, so if you have time for some long walks then you will enjoy your visit more. Quite a few hides, each with different birds to see. Was nice seeing the bittern and harriers

Thank Phil S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of work had gone on since we were last here. A new walk through woodland was pleasant and a view over into neighbouring fields to the highland cattle. Wandered along a few of the paths around the lakes and was impressed with the changes...More

Thank AnnieTre
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

This is a lovely place to have a walk round. It's nice and peaceful and very well organised. The hides are well placed and well kept and the footpaths on all the main routes are well managed. There are loads of birds to see and...More

Thank cazbatt
Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

What a lovely nature reserve that is hidden away. It has recently had renovation work done and it has made a great improvement to the facilities offered. The reserve is bursting with various wildlife and flowers. Different times of the day open up totally different...More

Thank Adele S
Reviewed 9 June 2017

Brand new visitor centre including a well stocked café, viewing area (binoculars available) and an extensive outdoor decked seated area. A very welcome site either on entry or after an extensive walk around Huxter Well. I’m not going to be hypercritical as, like I said,...More

Thank DonnyDave30
Reviewed 31 May 2017

Potteric Carr is a lovely place to visit and spend anything from an hour to all day exploring it's well marked paths and tracks. It is a haven for wildlife especially water birds. There are many hides which give views across the lakes where water...More

Thank Pat_Street
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3 April 2017|
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Response from Emily G | Reviewed this property |
Get the bus that goes to Lakeside. There'll be a bus stop nearby, definitely one at the Lakeside shopping village so you can get off there and head in the direction of the railway bridge/B&Q and it'll be on your left.
14 February 2017|
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Response from helen p | Reviewed this property |
No you don't have to pay anything to go to the cafe only if you want to go onto the reserve
Sharon S
28 February 2015|
Response from Potteric C | Property representative |
Hi Sharon Unfortunately we do not allow dogs onto Potteric Carr, the site is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) with the reserve being home to a lot of rare species. We try and minimise disturbance... More