Heather at Manor Farm

Manor Farm nature reserve

A new type of nature reserve, Manor Farm sits adjacent to Potteric Carr and a new housing development. It is a stepping stone into the larger, interconnected wildlife corridor - making South Yorkshire that little bit more wild!

Location

Adjacent to Potteric Carr Nature Reserve
(near junction 3 M18, south edge of Doncaster)
DN4 7BX
A static map of Manor Farm nature reserve

Know before you go

Entry fee

Free

Parking information

Car park on Cammidge Way, Doncaster

Walking trails

The reserve connects to a bridleway which loops round the side of Potteric Carr and eventually leads to Carr Lodge (through iPort).

Access

Mixture of path types: grit surfaced, dirt paths, and mown grass. Slight hills (one steep) but mainly flat. Take care during wet weather.

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open all year round

Best time to visit

Late summer/autumn

About

Manor Farm nature reserve sits directly next to the Warren Park housing development, directly to the east of Potteric Carr.

The site comprises predominantly of semi-natural ancient woodland, a small area of heathland and amenity grassland; grass that until recently was mown short, like a typical lawn.

Manor Farm is a stepping stone into the larger, interconnected wildlife corridor that we are creating around Potteric Carr nature reserve. This permeable landscape allows wildlife to flow through from one core site to another, and so improves connectivity of our Yorkshire landscapes; making South Yorkshire just that little bit more wild!

Manor Farm also provides easy access to natural greenspace for the local community. This type of connection has been shown to improve both physical and mental health.

Directions

From the M18, follow signs for Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Once on the A638, continue straight and then turn left at the next round-a-bout. The car park is on the left just as you reach the houses.

Seasonal highlights

Spring – little grebe breeding on the balancing pond, swans building their nest.

Late summer/autumn: heathland/heather – walk from one woodland area to another and you’ll find a small visual treat in blues and purples. On early morning visits watch the morning sun play with the fog through the trees

Other wildlife: intricate spider webs outlined in dew on an early morning visit, shaggy ink cap mushrooms (amongst others!)