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Dearne Valley Old Moor RSPB Reserve

by Lydia (follow)
A family friendly nature reserve

Dearne Valley Old Moor RSPB Reserve is blessed with a wide range of facilities and is teeming with wildlife. There is something for everyone to enjoy, from idyllic walks or wildlife watching to pond dipping and an adventure playground. In the summer the meadows are full of orchids, wildflowers and butterflies. In winter, they are home to hundreds of ducks, swans and geese.

Picture taken from the RSPB website


The site was designed with the aim of providing a year round accessible wildlife spectacle. This has resulted in a wide range of habitats including reedbeds, lakes, wader scrapes, ponds, hedgerow, meadows and wet grassland. There is always something to see. The star species here are kingfishers, barn owls, bittern, avocet and tree sparrow.

Picture taken from the RSPB Old Moor Dearne Valley Facebook page


At Old Moor they are passionate about connecting children with nature and the outdoors. That is why they have everything you need to help your family get hands on with nature. There's an adventure playground, discovery zone with heritage games, family hide and events and activities at weekends and school holidays. There are also discovery backpacks and activity sheets available to hire every day and pond dipping kits are available from April to the end of October. Their Activity Zone is open during the holidays with a range of free craft activities.

Picture taken from the RSPB Old Moor Dearne Valley Facebook page


They have a range of activities here throughout the year, from the Festive Robins Christmas trail to hands on activities to Big Wild Sleepovers there is something for everyone. There are also a series of guided walks that seek to help you get to know the birds and wildlife better. Expert guides lead these group walks, and are happy to answer your questions along the way.

Picture taken from the RSPB website


Additional information:
Address:RSPB Dearne Valley, Old Moor, Old Moor Lane, Wombwell, Bolton upon Dearne, Barnsley, S73 0YF
Opening hours: The visitor centre and cafe are open daily from 9.30am - 5.00pm (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day). The reserve stays open until 8pm from April to October

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