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RSPB Old Moor Nature Reserve

Situated right at the heart of the Dearne Valley, Old Moor is a wonderful place to come and watch wildlife. The skies, fields and open water are teeming with birds throughout the year.

In the summer the grasslands are ablaze with butterflies and orchids, and you'll be able to see newly-hatched ducklings. In winter the reserve is an important stopping-off point for ducks, geese and swans – plus 8,000 golden plovers!

There are lots of events, guided walks and family activities, as well as home-cooked food in the Gannets Café and a well-stocked shop. The reserve is a great day out for young and old alike.

The reserve is suitable for any age, and all our events and school holiday activities are for families with children of all ages.

Who to contact

RSPB Old Moor

Where to go

RSPB, Old Moor Lane
S73 0YF

Other Details


The reserve has an entrance fee which is (from May 1st 2014) - £5 adults, £2.50 children, £11 families, £3.50 concessions, carers free, RSPB members free. Parking is free for all and includes a number of blue badge holder spaces. Coaches are welcomed by prior arrangement. There are charges for mobility scooters (£2.50) and for both pond dipping kit hire, and backpack hire (£2.50 each). There are some charges for events and these will be advertised on our website and in our visitor centre. School holiday craft activities are included in the reserve entry fee

Local Offer


Activites that you can do on your own like pond dipping, following a wildlife trail or using an explorer backpack are suitable for all age groups and abilities, for example our pond dippiing platforms have lips in place to make them safe for wheelchairs.

Our playground has been designed for people with different levels of mobility with a basket swing, and some ground level activites.

The reserve aims to bring people into close contact with nature through gentle trails, wildlife watching hides and viewpoints, and both self lead and guided activities and events.  With our cafe and shop and our new Discovery Zone that has lots of traditional games, families can spend a whole day out in beautiful scenery watching and listening to the birds and animals that live on the reserve and learning more about the wildlife that lives in our area.

We try and make sure that all of our leaflets and posters are clear to read and understand.

We have no specialist staff on site but everyone is trained in good customer care whoever our visitors are.

Our staff and volunteers are trained in child safety and welfare but no specific training has been received on working with children and young people with SEND and their families.

Non educational providers Local Offer Response

What outcomes does your service aim to achieve for children and young people with special educational needs and disability and their families?

We want families to spend more time outdoors enjoying the beauty of nature and to find our more about the wildlife in their area and how they can help it.

How accessible is the service and facilities for those with a disability

The site is accessible for wheelchairs and buggies and there are mobility scooters available to hire.

There is lift access to the cafe, accessible toilets, and a changing facility with a hoist (own straps must be provided).

Future developments

We will be installing an audio information post in the Summer of 2014.
We aim to link our existing landscape, games and sculpture into a sensory trail in the Autumn of 2014.

Governing body

The RSPB is a registered charity with a governing board.

Last updated on 02/01/2020
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