On the east bank of the River Don floodplain, Thorpe Marsh nature reserve is an area of lowland grassland with a large lake and small patches of woodland and scrub with oak, ash, hawthorn, blackthorn, willow, birch, and, in the wetter areas, alder.
The woodland gives many feeding and nesting opportunities for great spotted woodpeckers, long-tailed and willow tits, treecreepers and tawny owls, among others.
With such varied habitats supporting a wide range of plants and animals you are guaranteed to see or hear something of interest.
Size, 77 hectares
Entry fee, free
Parking information, limited car parking on Marsh Lane.
Grazing animals, cattle graze some areas of the reserve.
Walking trails, public and permissive footpaths throughout the site.
Access, not suitable for wheelchair users or pushchairs.
Dogs, on a lead and please keep all dogs to the bridle path only.
Best time to visit, March to September
- Fordstead Lane
- South Yorkshire
- DN5 0LN
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