Thorpe Marsh Nature Reserve

Enjoy a peaceful walk around Thorpe Marsh Nature Reserve with pastures lined with hedgerows, ponds, lakes and small woodlands. With such varied habitats supporting a wide range of plants and animals you are guaranteed to see or hear something of interest.

 On the east bank of the River Don floodplain, Thorpe Marsh Nature Reserve is a mixture of semi-improved and unimproved grassland, small patches of woodland and open water.

It was never intensively farmed due to the surrounding railway lines and Ea Beck, as well as as being purchased by the Central Electricity Generating Board in the 1960s for tipping fly ash. This has meant that a great mix of plant species have flourished. Reedholme and Cockshaw Fields have centuries-old ridge-and-furrow corrugations with plants not now commonly seen in pastures - species such as adder's tongue fern, pepper saxifrage, devil's bit scabious, great burnet and common figwort. Voles, mice and shrews thrive here and so do the owls that feed on them, including long-eared owls in winter.

Fordstead Lane: Barnby Dun, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN5 0LN


Opening Times: Open at all times

Parking: Limited car parking on Marsh Lane.

Dogs: must be on lead

Cattle graze some areas of the reserve.

Public Transport;

Catch the Doncaster to Askern service via Almholme from Fordstead Lane.


The nature reserve entrance is at the Norwood Gate on Fordstead Lane, near the Norwood pumping station. Visitors may approach via Arksey or Barnby Dun. The public bridleway to the south of the ash-tip leads to the nature reserve and its permissive footpaths.