This is an SSSI sight and comprises of a body of water (Flash), ancient woodland, Grass Meadow and Magnesium Limestone bedrock, there has been a total of 190 bird species recorded here Including Great Bittern, Common Kingfisher, Osprey, Peregrine Falcon, Common Buzzard, Water Rail, Tawny Owl, Eurasian Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, Cetti's Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Eurasian Nuthatch to mention a few. The meadows are a great spot for wild Orchids and the woodland has a row of ancient Yew possibly dating back to Roman times. Other Mammals include Roe Deer, Stoat, Weasel, and Fox.
Best explored on foot, Sprotbrough Flash is half a mile south of Sprotbrough village. You can park just off the road on Nursery Lane next to the river, please note that this can get very busy. From here it is a two minute walk along the towpath to the nature reserve. OS Map Reference SE 53730 01502
Terrain and HabitatGrassland, Agriculture, Reedbeds, River, Valley, Forest, Wetland, Lake
ConditionsFlat, Open landscape, Hilly
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitSpring
RouteWide path, Narrow trail
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byFoot, Bicycle
Birdwatching hide / platformYes
Public and permissive footpaths. The woodland is not suitable for wheelchair users or pushchairs. The towpath along the river Don is level and accessible for wheelchair users, although it is a fair distance to the bird hides. Both hides are wheelchair-accessible.
RSPB Old Moor
YWT Potteric Carr