CELEBRATE a fresh start in the fresh air for 2013 - by getting out into the great outdoors this new year.
A wealth of wildlife awaits on South Yorkshire’s doorstep, with events for experienced naturalists as well as complete beginners.
This month, meet sheep, or learn birdwatching basics, at four new year events with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust at Potteric Carr in Doncaster.
On Sunday, January 20, from 10.30am to noon, visitors can come face to face with the ‘super sheep’ that graze the site’s fields.
The same date and times, would-be twitchers can develop their skills to identify winter migrant birds.
The following weekend, on Saturday, January 26, there’s a bittern walk and talk - and the chance to spot the reclusive, endangered birds. Two events run from 10.30am to 12.30pm, and 10.30am to 3pm.
In February, brace yourself for a winter wonders walk at Potteric Carr, with a crisp stroll around the reserve on Sunday, February 3, from 10.30am to 12.30pm.
On Friday, February 15, enjoy an evening of star gazing and celestial family activities, at a starry, starry night event from 7pm to 8.30pm.
Two days later, on Sunday February 17, enjoy a guided tour of Sprotbrough Flash Nature Reserve – a hidden gem just outside Doncaster. Meet behind The Boat Inn at 2pm for the stroll which lasts until 3.30pm.
And on Tuesday, February 19, it’s time to have a hoot learning about the mysterious lives of owls at Potteric Carr. Visitors can take a look at owl pellets and join in owl-related activities.
The following day, Wednesday, February 20, visit Potteric Carr to take part in National Nest Box Week, where you can build nest boxes and bird feeders to take home for your own garden.
Charges apply for each of the events as well as admission fees. Call 01302 570 077 for more details.