RSPB Old Moor is a visitor haven nature reserve right in the heart of the Dearne Valley Reserves totalling 8 nature reserves all managed for wildlife by the RSPB. The Dearne Valley wetland areas have national importance as they have Special Site of Scientific Interest – SSSI status. Whilst visiting RSPB Old Moor, be sure to ask the welcome team about our satellite reserves all of which have public access for nature walks.
RSPB Old Moor boasts visitor facilities including a shop for all your bird care products, optics and gifts. Whilst the café offers a seasonal menu of hot and cold food with a balcony with fantastic views over the reserve.
Our site also offers the chance for beginners and experienced wildlife watchers alike to get closer to nature in our hides and viewing screens that are strategically located for the best views over our wetland habitats. RSPB Old Moor has a comprehensive reed bed system and is a hot breeding ground of the rare Bittern – a species of heron that was near extinct in the 1980’s! Marsh Harrier are the most recent red list bird that are now breeding at RSPB Old Moor which is located between Barnsley and Rotherham metropolitan boroughs and over 400,000 people that live and work here – a real conservation success story. RSPB Old Moor and the Dearne Valley Reserves are gaining a reputation of one of the best sites for dragonflies with visitors travelling miles for their photography and to enjoy the spectacle of these prehistoric insects.
For families, RSPB Old Moor is a great day out so that children can get that all important connection to nature. There are pond dipping kits and activity back packs for hire that contain all the fun things budding explorers need to while away their time around our Wild Play Zones and adventure playground. Throughout the year there are seasonal nature trails and we have nature events including: moth identification, sweep netting and identifying insects and dragonfly spotting.
If the pandemic has taught us one thing; the countryside and nature are deeply important to us all for mindfulness and our wellbeing. At RSPB Old Moor we have a specially designed wellbeing trail that takes you around the reserve with seasonal mindfulness exercises at different locations with QR coded links taking you to more in depth mindfulness exercises.
The reserve is accessible for prams, wheelchairs, and mobility scooters, with appropriate W/C and changing facilities and a lift taking you to the café. You can book the use of one of our courtesy mobility scooters by ringing 01226 751593.
|Toddlers – 4yrs
|First child free