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RSPB Old Moor, Barnsley

RSPB Old Moor, Barnsley
  • address: Barnsley, South Yorkshire
  • phone: 01226 751593
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Old Moor is only a short drive from Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield and yet, with its extensive visitor facilities, it is a fantastic place to watch wildlife at the heart of the Dearne Valley.

The landscape includes open water, marsh, reedbeds and grassland.

In winter, over 8,000 golden plovers join many other wading birds and waterfowl on the reserve. In summer, watch swallows and martins over the open water and dragonflies buzzing over flower-filled ditches.

Old Moor is an ideal site for both beginners and experienced birdwatchers alike. There is plenty for families to do, with a specially designed play area and Wildlife Explorer backpacks for free loan during visits.

There are events based around birds, regular dragonfly and butterfly walks during the summer and family activities such as pond dipping and 'bug hunts'.

The RSPB shop stocks a wide range of gifts, books and wildlife gardening supplies. The Gannets Café has a veranda outside, giving customers the bonus of a bird's eye view of the reserve.

Old Moor is part of the RSPB Dearne Valley nature reserve. Staff will be happy to guide you to other sites in the area, including Wombwell Ings and Gypsy Marsh.

Opening times
1 November - 31 January:
visitor centre open 9.30 am - 4 pm.
Gates open until 4.30 pm.

1 February - 31 October:
visitor centre open 9.30 am - 5 pm.
Gates open until 5.15 pm.

The site is closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Entrance charges
RSPB members free; adults £2.50; children £1.25; family ticket £5 (any number of children); concessions £2.

Free access from Old Moor to Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council 'Passport to Leisure' and 'Rothercard' cardholders.

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