Fumitory at Carr Lodge Credit Jim Horsfall

Carr Lodge Nature Reserve

A large expanse of lowland grassland, which floods in the winter, but dries out through the spring and summer. Home to flocks of ducks in winter, and ground nesting birds in spring.


Adjacent to Potteric Carr Nature Reserve
( nr junction 3 M18, south edge of Doncaster)

South Yorkshire

OS Map Reference

A static map of Carr Lodge Nature Reserve

Know before you go

Entry fee


Parking information

You can park at Potteric Carr and walk across (but please note you will be crossing a busy road), or park on Hall Balk Lane near Loversall.

Walking trails

There is a bridleway on the old railway adjacent to the site, with informal access around the site on a path. No access to the main fields to prevent disturbance to the rich bird life.


The site is very uneven, parts are wet and muddy. Not accessible for wheelchairs or pushchairs at present.


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

March to June; September to November


Adjacent to Potteric Carr, Carr Lodge forms a buffer to Potteric with complementary habitats. Birds use both sites to nest and feed.

In spring look out for ground nesting birds such as lapwing. Come summer, flowers abound, and over the autumn months passage birds will stop here. Over winter the drier areas will have flocks of thrushes such as redwings, while any flooding willdraw flocks of ducks like teal and wigeon.

The site is owned by the Land Trust and is managed by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.