Welcome to Potteric Carr Nature Reserve!

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 the friendly Kingfisher Tearooms is a great place to you recharge with friends and family. 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 hedgehogs. 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, in comparison to a snow laden winter where you may be lucky enough to spot our overwintering bitterns – 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

Level Crossing Closure

Network Rail has decided to temporarily close a level crossing on Potteric Carr Nature Reserve. This means that parts of the nature reserve are currently inaccessible. Please see the latest news post for more information.

*This means that not all routes shown on the current trail guide are accessible.

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!


For more information about visiting Potteric Carr or getting involved in volunteering, send an email to potteric.carr@ywt.org.uk or call 01302 570077.




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