GFF-193 Old Moor, Dearne Valley






Situated in the heart of the Dearne Valley, South Yorkshire lies Old Moor. It is a relativly new Old_MoorNature Reserve for the RSPB and another great place to come and see the Wildlife whilst combining it together with the hobby of Amater Radio. The skies, fields and open water areas are teeming with birds throughout the Year.

Over 250 Acres of Wetland to walk around plus the addition of 7 hides positioned throughout the several trails available to walk. Exciting birds and other wildlife can also be viewed across the lakes from the veranda outside the cafe and there is a Visitors Centre with minute by minute information of sightings plus live video from around the Reserve itself. With a full SNV33182programme of events, there is something for everyone to enjoy including children on school trips and groups or individuals wanting a more one on one guided tour.

At the time of my last visit the grasslands were ablaze with butterflies and orchids GFF193OxoSignas well as the new additions to the families of the wildfoul and other Birds. dragonflies were also in abundance even if they were difficult to catch on camera! Old Moor is very important in the Winter time as it is a regular stop to over 8000 Golden Plovers. Current sightings of a Bittern on the reserve was great news too!

The Tree Sparrow was once a common farmland bird but in recent times they have been on the GFF193OXIOCardecline to an amazing 93% between the 70’s and present times and at that time there were only 4 pairs breeding on the site. Today however there are approx. 50 breeding pairs and individually over 400, another good result for Old Moor.

RSPB at the Old moor site have also created a Wildlife Garden. It is designed to demonstarte that gardening can increase UK biodiversity and improve the quality of life. the garden has been built with young people – participating as part of the Groundwork Dearne Valley scheme – and adults with learning disabilities from the local area.

This group of individuals have been grassvolunteering on the site for some time and this has enabled the RSPB at Old Mill to begin a fruitful partnership with Mencap nearby in the city of Leeds. They have also included an ”insect hotel”, made out of salvaged bricks, pallets, and old roof tiles amongst other things!

Thats it for now. I hope you enjoyed your trip into Old Moor, Dearne Valley Nature reserve in Yorkshire, Northern England, please call again soon!

73 de Charles







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Charles M0OXO

I was born in the 1960’s and have lived all my life in the Coal Mining Town of Barnsley in South Yorkshire, Northern England. My parents were all from this area of Yorkshire and my father worked in the main Industry of the local Collieries as a face worker. I have been married to my wife Debbie for 35+ years and we have two children and two grandchildren.

I have been licensed for around 20 years after my interest was re-kindled when I retired from my role as a Police Officer within South Yorkshire Police Force. The latter few years were spent as Radio Operator in the Force Operations Control Room at Sheffield, before my career ended.

IOTA chasing is (and always has been) my real passion, as climbing the ladder to reach Honour Roll status was always my main aim. The 1000 Islands Trophy is still out of reach but I am heading in the right direction. I am currently a Board Member of IOTA Ltd and IREF.

In my free time I am a keen Photographer of Wildlife, Aviation, (anything really) but the QSL Manager role is my main passion within Ham Radio.