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Old Moor RSPB (Dearne Valley) South Yorkshire

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View from Wath Ings Hide, frosty November morning
View from Wath Ings Hide, frosty November morning

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Part of the Dearne Valley complex - see also Broomhill Flash, Edderthorpe Flash, Wath Manvers Lake, Wombwell Ings, Bolton upon Dearne.
Originally managed by Barnsley Metropolitan Council, now managed by the RSPB.
For many years this site was called 'Wath Ings', and may be referred to by this name in older birding literature.


Old Moor RSPB (Dearne Valley)
Near Brampton Brierlow, South Yorkshire

Contact Details

Telephone: 01226 751593


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Come off M1 at Junction 36. Take the A6195 (the Dearne Valley Parkway) towards Doncaster. Continue past several roundabouts until you see the reserve signposted. It is on your left just after the turning for Wath-Upon-Dearne.


Fee charged for entry to non RSPB members. (£2.50 adults, £1.25 children)


Large car park, no charge, with disabled spaces (approx. 400 yards from Visitors' Centre). Overspill car parking no longer appears to be in use. Note that the car park is also used by walkers on the adjacent Pennine Trail, so is often full at weekends.


Visitors' Centre with toilets (including disabled). RSPB shop, including optics, good selection of books and gardening supplies including peat-free plants. Large restaurant serving light snacks and full meals throughout the day (so good that the employees of the local industrial estate use it at lunchtime!). Bird feeding station can be watched from the Visitors' Centre with 'scopes available here for public use. Wheelchairs and 2 motorised buggies availble for use free of charge (ask at the desk).
7 hides.

Key Areas / Routes

Bird feeders and area surrounding the Visitors' Centre is a certainty for Tree Sparrows. Occasional winter visitors to the feeders include Siskins, Willow Tits and (occasionally) Brambling.
The Mere holds phenomenal numbers of ducks in winter, including Goosander, Pochard, Teal, Gadwall. In late summer the grassland around it is good for Yellow Wagtail, and the Mere is a good site to see Kingfisher, especially in August. Most years Garganey are seen here on passage, and Black Terns pass through in May.
Wath Ings has long been famous for its waders at times of passage (although recently management decisions leading to higher water levels have reduced the numbers). Green Woodpeckers can often be seen in the distant trees beyond the Ings from the Wath Ings Hide. In winter Bitterns are sometimes seen from this Hide, but more often from the new reedbad hides.
In winter thousands of Golden Plover and Lapwing can be seen around the site.

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