Places to see birds

Centenary Riverside

Reed warbler singing in reedbed
Reed warbler Photo: RSPB

Centenary Riverside is a 4.5 hectare wetland reserve on the banks of the River Don, close to the centre of Rotherham. It was developed on the site of one of the town's largest steel foundries and now plays a key role in Rotherham's future by holding back potential flood water and protecting nearby industrial and residential areas.

Habitats include a wildflower meadow bank attracting more than 23 different species of butterflies, and a series of ponds and wetlands that support a huge variety of birds, mammals and insects including a variety of damselflies and dragonflies. Sand martins can be seen darting around in the summer and moorhens and reed warblers nest amongst the reeds. Other frequent species include kingfisher, grey heron, lapwing, tufted duck and teal.

From Sheffield city centre, head for Savile Street and then take the A6019 onto Meadowhall Way. Follow this and then Blackburn Meadows Way to Sheffield Road (A6178) for around 1.5 miles and then turn left on Riverside Way. There is limited street parking on Riverside Way, but plenty in Rotherham town centre. Alternatively, take the X1 'Steel Link' bus from either Sheffield city centre or Meadowhall Interchange. Alight at Bradmarsh Way from where the reserve is only a few minutes walk away. Proceed across the first roundabout, turn left on Riverside Way and the entrance is on your left.

A network of surfaced paths allows wheelchair and pushchair access across the top of the flood defence bank. Further informal paths maximise access around the reserve, and there is also a boardwalk crossing the lagoon. Please note that the reserve may sometimes be closed during periods of wet weather as the site is a flood plain.