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Free Summer Showcase at Potteric Carr reserve

Wednesday 14th June 2017

Pond dipping at Potteric Carr Credit Matthew Roberts

Whether you’re a regular visitor or a curious first-timer, pop down to Potteric Carr nature reserve on 24th June to experience all the nature reserve has to offer for free.

Previous open days at Potteric Carr have drawn in over 500 people and it gives the reserve such a buzz. It’s wonderful to attract new visitors so that they can experience everything the site has to offer.

If getting closer to nature in on your list this summer, a trip to Potteric Carr near Doncaster makes for a tempting prospect. The 240 hectare Yorkshire Wildlife Trust reserve features a mosaic of flourishing habitats – glistening wetlands, cool, shaded woodland and vibrant wildflower meadows, all teeming with wildlife.

The reserve is opening its doors on 24th June for a free open day to showcase this wonderful site, in the hope of engaging more people with nature and the work of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

Kat Woolley, Potteric Carr Education Officer, said ‘Previous open days at Potteric Carr have drawn in over 500 people and it gives the reserve such a buzz. It’s wonderful to attract new visitors so that they can experience everything the site has to offer. We want to share this amazing wild space with the people of Doncaster so they can reap the benefits of being outdoors in such a beautiful setting. By showing people our projects and the fantastic wildlife we protect, we hope to engage more people in the work that we do in the future.'

Open day visitors can get involved in the many free activities on offer, including pond dipping, woodland games, minibeast adventures and creative crafting in the education centre. Staff will be on hand at information stalls to give more insight in to Yorkshire Wildlife Trust projects, as well as being ready to lend their expertise to guided walks.

Several miles of level trails wend their way through the reserve, with lots of hides providing opportunities to spot wildlife close up. Carefully maintained paths and benches make the site accessible for all, but you don’t have to delve in to the far corners of the reserve to experience nature – the visitor centre boasts a spacious deck overlooking a large lake, perfect for birdwatching. Recent sightings include marsh harriers, avocets, lapwings and bittern.

The on-site Kingfisher tearoom will be putting on a spread of delicious barbeque-style food, as well as the usual hot and cold drinks and cakes. Free entry to the reserve is from 9am until 5pm and activities start at 9.30am.

For more information about Potteric Carr nature reserve please visit http://www.ywt.org.uk/potteric-carr