Nestled in the heart of the Dearne Valley is RSPB Old Moor nature reserve with 250 acres of nature to explore.
Everyone is welcome at Old Moor. You don’t need to know your bumble bees from honey bees, or why a heron stands still for hours*. You just need to know that here you will get a warm welcome and the freedom to play in the fresh air enjoying the best that nature can offer. (*but we can tell you that too!).
The visitor centre is housed in beautiful 18th century farm buildings sympathetically restored in the 1990’s to provide a shop, cafe, education suite and toilet block.
There are pond dipping kits and exciting activity back packs for hire that contain all the fun things budding explorers need to while away their time around our Discovery Zone or adventure playground. During the school holidays we have paints, glue, paper and craft materials available to help you create pictures of what you’ve seen – or just the things you like! Regular storytelling and music sessions take place in the Storytelling Tent on the lawn and Christmas sees the arrival of Santa and his reindeer to make sure children take away magical memories.
Our site also offers the chance for beginners and experienced wildlife watchers alike to get closer to nature in our eight hides and viewing screens and there they can observe an amazing spectacle of waders, gulls and passing migrant birds in their winter plumage. In summer our dragonflies and butterflies are spectacular as the sun reflects on their multicoloured wings. We have boxing hares, shy bitterns and highland cattle too!
We have dedicated photography points around the site to ensure that that perfect shot is achieved.
Special events include open air theatre, ghost walks, stargazing, meeting orphaned bats, bushcraft, bug hunting and bat walks.
When you have finished exploring, we have a cafe on site with home cooked snacks, hot meals and children’s lunchboxes, and a shop stocking everything from bird seed to binoculars, pocket money toys to jewellery.
The site is buggy and wheelchair friendly. Mobility scooters, explorer backpacks, pond dipping kits and binoculars are all available to hire.
The RSPB is a registered charity and all profits made on site go directly to aid its conservation work.
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