Dearne Valley

Old Moor & Dearne Valley

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  • Wednesday 23rd April - Happy St Georges Day

    Now the sightings from today including all the usual suspects from the bird garden (as yesterday), and a bittern heard booming around 9.45 am.

    On Adwick were a pair of gargany, yellow wagtail, wheatear, lapwing, avocet and LRP.

    From Wath Ings were reports of male shoveler, female Teal, male widgeon shellduck, pochard and redshank.

    3 avocets were seen on wader scrape.

    A sparrowhawk was seen near the pylons and a coot with 2 young chicks near the reedbeds.

    Thats about it for today.



  • Tuesday 22nd - a little delayed

    Hi all, I hope you enjoyed the Easter weekend it was great to see so many of you here. Apologies for the delay of Tuesdays sightings but we had a report of suspected hare coursing at Adwick just as I was about to sit down and write. Unfortunately nobody was caught this time but please keep letting the police and the team here at Old Moor know if you do see anyone involved in this kind of pursuit on the site.

    So sightings for Tuesday starting in the bird garden - collared dove, m/f mallard, m/f blackbird, m/f bullfinch, m/f chaffinch, great tit, blue tit, longtail tit, wood pigeon, moorhen, stock dove, magpie, yellowhammer, robin, reed bunting.

    On the mere we had reports of 7 Arctic tern, common sandpiper, Med gull, sand martins, LBB gull, great crested grebe and cormorants, and reed and sedge warblers opposite the hide.

    From Wath Ings were sightings of swallows, house martings, oyster catcher, yellow wagtail, widgeon, pochard and little grebe.

    Linnets,willow warblers, blackcaps and chiffchaffs were reported from Green Lane.

    On Wombwell Ings were greenshank, bar-tailed godwit, yellow wagtail and little egret, and on Bolton Ings were black necked grebe common whitethroat and pink footed goose.

  • Easter Monday - 2014

    Hello, I spent a lovely afternoon in the very warm sunshine at Old Moor which was just lovely! It's been another busy day with many families enjoying all the reserve has to offer.... we hope you all had a great day!

    The sightings....

    Bird Garden - all the usual suspects + a yellowhammer again and also flowering comfrey.

    Wader Scrape - 19 black tailed godwits and a herring gull early this morning, 2 avocets, 2 great crested grebes displaying, tufted ducks, moorhens, black headed gulls, Canada geese, 3 ruff, 2 dunlin, 

    Wath Ings - 3 curlew, 2 redshanks, 7 mute swans, little grebe, many gadwall and mallards.

    The bittern was again heard booming throughout the day from the reedbeds, also from the reedbeds - a great crested grebe in front of the hide, sand martins on the fence to the right having a merry time and tufted ducks!

    Med gulls are still on the Mere.

    Wombwell Ings - a bar tailed godwit, 2 avocet, 1 greenshank, 4 yellow wagtail, 1 white wagtail, 4 little ringed plover, 1 wheatear, a cuckoo and a curlew flying over.

    Bolton Ings - 3 black necked grebes,

    The photos today are of flowers and butterflies...there were so many flutting around OM today, great to watch! The flowers coming into bloom are also gorgeous..

    A brimstone on an honesty plant.

    An orange tip, also on the honesty plant, this time a white one!

    Then a peacock... you guessed it, on an honesty plant!

    A small white.... on the forget-me-knots... 

    A speckled wood near Wath Ings...

    The bogbean is starting to flower, look out for it around the ponds and down Green Lane.

    On the way down to the reedbeds I spotted cuckoo flower in flower :) 

    Many gorgeous cowslips around the ponds...

    And that's it for now :)