Early mornings in
spring and summer are the best times to see Grass Snakes, Viviparous
Lizards, Linnets and
Tree Pipits, while Nightjar can be heard (and sometimes seen) at dusk on
summer evenings. When looking for Nightjar you may see a Woodcock in
breeding display flight, known as 'roding'. The surrounding woodland is
also a good place to find bats. Common and Soprano Pipistrelle,
Daubenton's, Brown Long-eared, Noctule and Whiskered Bats have all been
Wharncliffe Heath is
owned by the Forestry Commission and managed by a partnership between FC
and Wharncliffe Heathlands Trust. It is managed to improve the condition
of the existing heathland and to expand the areas of heath over time.
Grazing is necessary to control the growth of trees and bracken. We are
using traditional native breeds of sheep and cattle that are thrifty,
hardy and well suited to this site.
The reserve can be reached either by a footpath starting next to the
bridge over the R. Don on Station Road, Deepcar
SK 292981, or from the
Trans-Pennine Trail, which runs adjacent to the reserve. A number of
footpaths dissect the reserve.
No motor vehicles
Keep dogs on
Take litter home
WHLNR invertebrates 1978-2012.pdf