Potteric Carr Nature Reserve
Welcome to Potteric Carr Nature Reserve!
An even better welcome awaits visitors with the opening of the new visitor centre that will further enhance the experience of all those that come to the site having a brand new shop and tearoom with lakeside views.
Nature paths suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs will wind you around a stunning, safe wetland habitat littered with pockets of woodland and wildflower meadows.
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.
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.
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Close to the Town Centre off White Rose Way, Jct 3 M18