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About Old Moor

Mallard duckling

Image: Steve Round

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 café and a well-stocked shop. The reserve is a great day out for young and old alike.

Plan to spend up to three hours for a good visit to the reserve, or longer if you want to sample our home cooking in the café. All paths are accessible, but sensible shoes are best to make the most of your walk around the reserve. Whilst we do have shelter in the hides, the shop and café, it is advised to bring a mac if the weather looks inclement.

Opening times

The visitor centre and cafe are open daily, except Christmas Day and Boxing Day, 9.30 am to 5 pm from February to end of October, 9.30 am to 4pm November to end of January. The reserve is also open until 8 pm from April to October.

Entrance charges

It's free for RSPB members. Adult £5, family £11, children £2.50, concessions £3.50. Free access from Old Moor to Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council 'Passport to Leisure' and 'Rothercard' cardholders.

Information for families

Children can have fun on the climbing frames, swings and slide in the 'Kids Go Wild' adventure playground. There are also Wildlife Explorer backpacks available for hire. These contain bug jars, binoculars and guide books to help children get the most out of their visit.

Information for dog owners

No dogs allowed (except registered assistance dogs) on Old Moor, but they are allowed on our satellite sites. Directions to these sites can be obtained from our visitor centre staff.

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Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 53.51478,-1.36507
  • Postcode: S73 0YF
  • Grid reference: SE422022
  • Nearest town: Barnsley, South Yorkshire
  • County: South Yorkshire
  • Country: England

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