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18th July 2019 – Potteric Carr NR

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Potteric Carr, on the edge of Doncaster, managed by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust  is one of the  largest urban nature reserves in the country. It is certainly extensive with the walk around the perimeter being just over 4 miles. We had a great day there but there was so much to see and so many hides to visit that we had to miss a great deal of the hides (but that was probably due to me spending too long in one hide trying to get a decent shot of common terns).

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As well as the ponds there were extensive woods and wildflower meadows and it was a great place to see damselflies, dragonflies, butterflies  and all sorts of bugs and insects and roe deer.

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The highlight for me was the common terns but you wouldn’t have thought so by the paucity of my photos.

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There was a very good visitors centre and café to begin and end your trip (you certainly couldn’t pop back to it for lunch if you were at the far end of the reserve – but we were wise enough to get them to prepare us some sandwiches). It’s definitely worth a diversion to visit this lovely reserve.

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