Spotted Redshank, Potteric Carr (Richard Collis).



SOUTH YORKSHIRE (Doncaster), (Compass)

SE59o09´/00o05´ 130ha flat basin of marsh and reedbeds, with woodland. Surrounded and crisscrossed by railways and close to industrial site. 
Protected/registered status 
Anytime (1981 to present)


Birding Site Guide

The following visitor costs and facilities information is from Friends of Potteric Carr website http://www.potteric-carr.org.uk/

Access is from Doncaster or via M180 junction 3, head for B&Q Depot and reserve is signed off this roundabout.

Day admission

Single £2.50; family £6.50 (a family is up to two adults and up to three children); child £1.50; concession £2.00. (Yorkshire Wildlife Trust members: single £1.00, family £2.50). 

Annual admission

Single £10.00; family £20.00 (a family is up to two adults and up to three children). (YWT members: single £2.50, family £5.00).

Open 7 days a week 09.00 to 17.00 tickets bought at reserve on arrival. Groups should obtain permission before visiting. The need to carry a permit/admission ticket is a condition imposed by the YWT to meet its obligations to Network Rail (due to live railway lines on the site) and on no account should visitors cross railway lines if they are not in possession of a valid permit/ticket. 


The Reserve has around 8km of paths (5km accessible to wheelchairs, unassisted), 12 viewing hides (ten suitable for the disabled) and a Field Centre with cafe, which opens daily and where a variety of hot and cold drinks, snacks and meals are available. Toilets are situated at the entrance reception offices, in the Field Centre (during opening times), and outside the Field Centre. Bird feeders at some hides in winter make for accessible viewing of a wide range of species. 

Wood Sandpiper, Potteric Carr (Richard Collis).

Websites: Friends of Potteric Carr, with full bird list and other groups and colour map Friends of Potteric Carr Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Potteric Carr Nature Reserve 01302 570077 Potteric Carr Nature Reserve, YWT, Sedum House, Mallard Way, Doncaster, DN4 8DB Friends of Potteric Carr 01709 543117 


Up to 2007 220 species of birds have been recorded at Potteric Carr from 1968 to 2006. Birds seen (1981 to present) include commoner farmland and woodland species and a wide range of marsh and water birds. The site is noted for its Bitterns, as it is a reliable site for them. Rarities not seen by me include Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus, Purple Heron Ardea purpurea, White Stork Ciconia ciconia, many ducks including Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca , White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla, Red-footed Falcon falco vespertinus, Marsh Warbler Acrocephalus palustris and other scarce species. 

Redstart, Potteric Carr (Richard Collis)

Female Redstart at Potteric Carr, 25th August 2010 (Richard Collis) x 2. 

 Redstart, Potteric Carr 2 (Richard Collis)

Knot, Potteric Carr(Richard Collis).

Knot at Potteric Carr, 25th August 2010 (Richard Collis).

Author: BSG