Potteric Carr Nature Reserve

Potteric Carr Nature Reserve, Doncaster: Hours, Address, Potteric Carr Nature Reserve Reviews: 4.5/5

Potteric Carr Nature Reserve

Potteric Carr Nature Reserve
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Hiking Trails
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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Honest4us
Doncaster, UK12 contributions
Hell on earth
Oct 2021 • Couples
If you like to be charged £9 per couple for a walk, and then be subject to decaying buildings and road noise everywhere you go.. this is the place for you!!

I don’t mind paying for anything if the cost is reflected in the item/experience received. This place did not deliver in the slightest. Apparently a nature reserve for birds, we saw one duck the whole time we were there. I imagine the wildlife is scared off by the constant drone from the dual carriage way, train tracks, and motorway; which are next door.

The facilities are poorly maintained. Rotten benches, paths and facilities. No idea where the reinvestment goes. To top it off there was a lovely pile of rusty shopping trolleys and push bikes that had been pulled out of the river by staff, and left in eye site of the paying visitors.

There is one million, free, local walks I’ll be going on before returning to this dump.
Written November 6, 2021
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Annabellacottonsocks
Redhill, UK171 contributions
A tranquil natural environment
Sep 2021
We spent about 4 hours here and had a thoroughly enjoyable day in a lovely natural environment. There are different trails of varying lengths, which the helpful young woman on Reception explained when we arrived. She gave us a colour coded map and we found them easy to follow. We walked the shortest trail and then returned to the Reception area where the cafe is situated for lunch. It was lovely sitting outside overlooking the reserve eating very fresh,tasty baguettes with a good mug of coffee.
After lunch we did the longest trail; it was so peaceful and there were 6 or so birdhides to stop off, sit down for a rest and look out over the water. I'm not an expert and , to be honest, not that interested in knowing the names of all the birds but it was so peaceful just sitting and soaking in the natural environment. My husband has binoculars and enjoys seeing which birds he can spot and identify.
After our walk we had a look around the shop before leaving.
We thought all the staff were friendly and welcoming, all facilities exceptionally clean, the routes are all clearly marked and there is information relating to the birds one might see in all the hides; so at £4.50 entrance fee per person excellent value.
Written September 9, 2021
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derek236
Doncaster, UK4 contributions
better free places to visit
Jul 2021
too expensive for what it is better off going to Rabbit Ings Country Park near royston and its free
cafe at poteric hit and miss on what is available, one or two staff need a a refresher course on customer service
nicely set out though with outdoor terrace
Written August 24, 2021
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Rescuedaisy
Doncaster91 contributions
Peaceful walking areas.
Aug 2021
I love going here to distress . Walking through the woods etc is a relaxing experience as well as enjoying the nature.
Written August 9, 2021
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swannj
Sheffield, UK43 contributions
Take your mosquito repellent
Jul 2021 • Couples
Nice space, not overcrowded, some attention needed to the walkways and Reed beds, as many overgrown but I suppose everything has been affected one way or another. Disappointed that the websight doesn't warn of mosquito problems, we acquired a good few bites and certainly would have avoided if prior information was given, although it was after we had paid and interestingly selling repellent in the shop!
Written July 27, 2021
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grevs
Gloucestershire, UK3 contributions
enjoyable time
Jun 2021
We stopped here to break up our journey.
The visitor centre has lots of information about the wildlife and maps are are hand for you to discover different areas. The paths are easy and you can walk as little or as much as you want. There are plenty of hides with information about the birds.
All of the staff are very helpful and friendly.
Café has a good selection of food and toilets are clean.
There was a display of different binoculars to try before buying.
Brilliant place to visit.
Written June 27, 2021
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Snelling983
Sheffield, UK149 contributions
Another great visit
Jun 2021
First visit for over a year. The team have done an amazing job at opening up and making sure everything is well co-ordinated. Fantastic place to visit, great to sit with nature.
Written June 26, 2021
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Alison W
7 contributions
Bitten to death
Jun 2021 • Couples
I was very disappointed with this place. We were warned about one of the walks having lots of biting insects. We decided to avoid that walk but got absolutely bit to death anyway. You couldn’t get close to any of the wildlife, so unless you take binoculars or have a very powerful zoom camera you can’t tell what kind of birds you are looking at. They are all so far away. Some of the paths are very overgrown with many nettles. You would be better off going to the lake at lakeside where there are hundreds of birds and it’s free.
Written June 18, 2021
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elizabethj823
Rotherham, UK10 contributions
Very nice walk and good nature
Jul 2020
nice place to see wildlife with a very nice walk with hides to watch the water birds good parking out side
Written May 22, 2021
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Geoffrey T
Sheffield, UK37 contributions
A great local discovery
Oct 2020 • Family
Have been there a couple of times recently for the first time. Reasonable admission price, or join the trust for regular entry. Excellent cafe and small shop. Friendly helpful staff and clean toilet facilities. Good paths and map of the large area. Didn’t see much on the little lake near the entrance. We had to walk to the furthest lake to see large flocks of birds. There are many good hides around this lake and good views of birds on lake or flying. I will certainly go regularly when lockdown ends.
Written November 11, 2020
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