The Sorby Natural History Society, Sheffield

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Sorby Members Publications

Gems of Potteric Carr

Compiled and edited by Derek Bateson. 102 pages + laminated soft cover. A5 Landscape. 280 colour photographs, all taken at Potteric Carr over the past couple of years. Published by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, 2009.

Book Review

“A very nicely produced book with no less than 280 quality colour photos mostly from Derek’s own collection, but with substantial contributions by Allan Parker, Adrian Andruchiw, Glyn Hudson and others.The format is very similar to recent books on Ecclesall Woods and Sheffield Woodlands published by F.E.W. and has a very pleasing and readable layout.

“There are chapters on the History of the Reserve, Mammals, Birds, Fish Reptiles and Amphibians, Vascular Plants, Mosses, Fungi, Dragonflies and Damselflies, Bugs, Butterflies, Moths, Caddisflies, True Flies, Bees Wasps and relatives, Beetles, Molluscs, Other Arthropods and Aquatic Life.

“The book is certainly more than a photograph album. The photos and text describe many species to be found at Potteric and there are also lots of interesting snippets on life histories, recording techniques and of course the Potteric Carr fauna and flora.

“The Sorby Society gets quite a few name checks for our involvement at the reserve. «I received and was very grateful for, input, checking and some illustrations from over a dozen Sorby experts in various fields, to whom I am extremely grateful.» says the author, Derek Bateson, in his acknowledgements.

“At £7.50 it is a bargain, and highly recommended, particularly if you visit the reserve. If you haven’t yet been to Potteric Carr put it on your “must do” list. If you read the book first you will be inspired to plan a visit and sample some of the delights of South Yorkshire’s Wildlife Gem. Well done, Derek and colleagues!”   Published in Sorby’s Newsletter and written by D. Whitley.

And from the publisher…

“Potteric Carr has thousands of visitors each year, the majority being members of the general public, school parties, also birdwatchers, natural history societies and other specialist groups. It was felt that there is a need for a small illustrated book to encourage visitors to understand, recognise and enjoy some of the countless beautiful creatures which form part of our natural heritage on an outstanding wetland site like Potteric Carr. It is anticipated that such a book will serve as a permanent reminder of the visit and stimulate interest in wildlife generally, leading to further visits in the future.”


By post it is £7.50 (GB) plus £1.20 p&p from

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, c/o Sedum House, Mallard Way, Doncaster DN4 5JH.

Alternatively, call YWT on 01302 570077 or . The book is also available at £7.50 (GB) from the Potteric Carr reserve shop. Sale profits will support the work at Potteric Carr.