Sprotbrough Flash

South Yorkshire  >  United Kingdom

Sprotbrough Flash a Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve is a rich haven for birds and wildlife in South Yorkshire.

Added* by Martin Roper
Most recent update 12 February 2020


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 Habitat

Grassland , Agriculture , Reedbeds , River , Valley , Forest , Wetland , Lake


Flat , Open landscape , Hilly

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit



Wide path , Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

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.

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