Important Information

Open every day

Located approximately 6 miles south of Pontefract and 1 mile north of Upton, Bullcarr Mires consists of a marshland with a pond, grassland and woodland around the edges. It has a great sense of 'countryside' due to its location. The site can only be reached by foot and is accessed via Green Lane next to the Co-operative store on Waggon Lane, Upton and via a footpath from Thorpe Audlin.​

Bullcarr Mires is also known as Pot Hills Marsh.

​​Facilities and activities
  • Free parking at Library
  • Café at Library
  • Toilets at Library
  • Stretches of boardwalk allow ease of access over the wetter areas
  • Don't forget to take your binoculars to enjoy the wildlife on offer
  • Walk around the boundary, cutting through on either side of the pond


The library is run by UNEF (Upton and North Elmsall Community Forum) as a visitor information centre for the area and is open:

​Monday​1pm – 6pm
​Tuesday​8am – 1pm
​Wednesday​12pm – 5pm
​Thursday​8am – 1pm
​Friday​1pm – 6pm
​Saturday​10am – 1pm

For further information please email: unef@sky.com or call 01977 649317.

Historical interest

References to Bullcarr can be found in the Yorkshire Inquisitions of 1295 and the Yorkshire Chantry Surveys of 1546. Bullcarre meaning bullmarsh and 'mire' meaning slimy soil, mud, indicate that this area has always been marshy.


Nature conservation

This is a wonderful place to view nature with 120 bird species having being spotted here.

This site is mainly wetland surrounded by neutral grassland. It is important for its scarcer species of herbs and grasses including Grey Club-rush, Pepper Saxifrage and Marsh Arrowgrass; and displays an abundance of wildflowers including Devil's Bit Scabious.

This is a naturally wet area which has become wetter due to mining subsidence in the area. In the mid 1990's a pond was added which has attracted more wetland birds including Kingfisher and Heron; and insects including several species of dragonfly such as the first recorded sighting of the Broad Bodied Chaser in the Wakefield area. The large number of wetland species reflects the high quality and clarity of the water.

In autumn Jack Snipe migrate from Scandinavia and settle on Bullcarr Mires in nationally important numbers. It uses its long bill to probe the mud on the marsh looking for food.

All five British species of owls (Long Eared, Short Eared, Barn, Tawny, and Little) have been spotted with Long Eared Owls having bred here, indicating healthy mammal populations.


If you are interested in volunteering opportunities on this or other sites, please get in touch.

Contact us


Waterton Countryside Discovery Centre
Anglers Country Park
Haw Park Lane

01924 860280