Welcome to Potteric Carr Nature Reserve!

Potteric Carr Nature Reserve

Please Vote Potteric Panels! to help us make Potteric Carr even greener

September 2017 Update

Please note, the Potteric Carr café will be closed on Sat Oct 14 because of the AGM, although there will be free teas and coffees available for visitors on a help yourself basis.

We’re delighted to have got through to the final round of the M&S Community Energy Fund, placing us on the shortlist to receive £12,000 to put towards solar panels to power the Potteric Carr visitor centre, education centre and water pumps. We now just need your voteto win the money and make Potteric Carr even greener!

All you have to do is vote Potteric Panels at the M&S Energy Fund website and ask your friends, family, colleagues and neighbours to do the same!

If successful, not only does this mean we can reach our goal of making this fabulous centre carbon-neutral and inspire and educate as many people as possible about the benefits of renewable energy, but by creating our own electricity we will save thousands of pounds every year, money that can be put straight back into frontline conservation.

Voting NOW open. Please click here to vote!

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 .


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