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===History and Use=== ===History and Use===
===Areas of Interest=== ===Areas of Interest===
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 +There are two parking areas for the moor.
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 +The Northern car park is close to Ten Acre Lake and is reached from Remple Lane off the A614 in Hatfield Woodhouse. Look at the linked map to check out the route from the A614 as there are crossroads and forks in the road to negotiate.
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 +The Southernmost car park is at Boston Park and again is reached from the A614, South of Hatfield Woodhouse, this time the car park is much closer to the main road. The main car park here is gated and locked overnight so if you are making an evening trip park just at the end of the approach road rather than in the main car park.
 +There are no facilities at either car park.
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 +Access to the moor by foot is possible from the village of Wroot, a finger post at the western end of the village indicates a bridleway which can be followed Northwards, crossing the River Torne and entering the moor via a grassy track and metal bridge on the reserve boundary
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===Contact Details=== ===Contact Details===
==External Links== ==External Links==

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Photo by Keith DickinsonLooking North across the Packards South area of Hatfield Moor
Photo by Keith Dickinson
Looking North across the Packards South area of Hatfield Moor

Contents

Overview

The moor is 1420Ha in area and comprises several freshwater lakes and ponds along with willow carr and birch woodland, however the major part of the moor is old peat workings. These areas of exposed peat are slowly regenerating into the wetlands that they were 4,000 years ago. There are several paths onto the moor that allow you to safely traverse the area but care should be taken if leaving the paths as it is very easy to lose your bearings.

Birds

Notable Species

The area is one of the better locations for woodlark in Yorkshire, and also holds breeding nightjars in most years.

Rarities

For the past 3 years (2009,10 &11) a Red-necked Grebe has taken up residence on Ten Acre Lake at the Northern Edge of the moor during the spring and summer months

Check-list

Birds you can see here include:

Black-necked Grebe, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Mute Swan, Whooper Swan, Pink-footed Goose, Common Shelduck, Greylag Goose, Eurasian Teal, Mallard, Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard, Honey Buzzard, Kestrel, Hobby, Peregrine Falcon, Merlin, Pheasant, Moorhen, Common Coot, Ringed Plover, Northern Lapwing, Eurasian Curlew, Black-headed Gull, Common Wood Pigeon, Eurasian Collared Dove, Common Cuckoo, Short-eared Owl, European Nightjar, Common Swift, Green Woodpecker, Woodlark, Eurasian Skylark, Sand Martin, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Tree Pipit, Meadow Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, European Robin, Eurasian Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Sedge Warbler, Eurasian Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Common Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting, Corn Bunting

Other Wildlife

Mammals that may be seen on the moor include Roe Deer, and Red Fox.

The moor is arguably one of the best places to see Adder in Yorkshire, whilst other reptiles are Grass Snake, and Common Lizard.

Butterflies recorded here include Brimstone, Small Copper, and Speckled Wood, whilst Odanata found on the moor include Broad-bodied Chaser, Four-spotted Chaser and Black Darter . Other notable invertebrates are the Mire Pill Beetle once thought extinct and the Giant Raft Spider.

Site Information

History and Use

Areas of Interest

Access and Facilities

There are two parking areas for the moor.

The Northern car park is close to Ten Acre Lake and is reached from Remple Lane off the A614 in Hatfield Woodhouse. Look at the linked map to check out the route from the A614 as there are crossroads and forks in the road to negotiate.

The Southernmost car park is at Boston Park and again is reached from the A614, South of Hatfield Woodhouse, this time the car park is much closer to the main road. The main car park here is gated and locked overnight so if you are making an evening trip park just at the end of the approach road rather than in the main car park. There are no facilities at either car park.

Access to the moor by foot is possible from the village of Wroot, a finger post at the western end of the village indicates a bridleway which can be followed Northwards, crossing the River Torne and entering the moor via a grassy track and metal bridge on the reserve boundary

Contact Details

External Links

Hatfield Moor at Natural England

Hatfield Moor on Streetmap

Hatfield Map showing area names

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