Welcome to Potteric Carr Nature Reserve!

Potteric Carr Nature Reserve

Enjoy our visitor centre which has commanding views over a lake and reedbed. Maybe you will see a kingfisher or little egret while enjoying a coffee!

From here, nature paths suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs will wind you around a stunning, safe wetland habitat highlighted with pockets of woodland and wildflower meadows. Many hides allow you 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 water voles. The ponds provide a home for newts, frogs and whirligig beetles with staff on hand to show you the best spots for pond dipping. The meadows during summer are full of butterflies including small tortoiseshell and buzz with insects on warm afternoons. During the winter you may be lucky enough to spot our overwintering bitterns in the reedbeds – this globally threatened species is a real highlight for any wildlife watcher.

Come summer, vivid purple loosestrife and Southern marsh orchids provide plenty of colour.

The Potteric Carr Nature Reserve trail guide* is available to download below, which includes a map with all the hides and paths marked on so that you don't miss out any of the wonderful habitats and species during your visit. Also don't miss out on the Minibeast Totem Pole trail , which has a podcast put together by Pheasant Bank Academy.

For an idea of the geat array of wildlife that can be discovered on the nature reserve take a look at our latest sightings blog .

Please note we unfortunately do not allow dogs or bikes onto the reserve as they may disturb or harm our wonderful wildlife.

See here for prices, directions and more information about visiting us.

No cycling

Events at Potteric Carr Nature Reserve

All of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust's events can be found here including many at Potteric Carr.

Volunteering at Potteric Carr

To find out more about how to get involved at Potteric Carr, including our regular practical conservation task days, please see our volunteering pages.

Education at Potteric Carr

Potteric Carr also offers a fantastic education programme , working with children, young people and adults to encourage a love and understanding of Yorkshire's amazing wildlife!


Email to potteric.carr@ywt.org.uk or call 01302 325736 .

Disruption to footpaths: Friday 30th June 2017

Works to connect an electricity supply from the substation on Mallard way to the iPort development (south of the M18) will start by erecting a compound in the corner of the car park at Potteric Carr nature reserve from Monday 26th June. There may be disruption to footpaths (including closures, with alternative routes) from around Friday 30th June for around 3 weeks. The works will continue across the Loversall carr part of the reserve after this, but not affecting access for visitors. The reserve will still be open, but please ask on entry for advice on areas to avoid or if any footpaths are closed.

The works will be undertaken under the supervision of an ecologist and impacts on wildlife will be avoided where possible. This work is not being undertaken by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, but by a contractor on behalf of the iPort developers.


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