There's always something to see or hear when looking out over the reedbeds of Far Ings, whether it's the sound of the reeds as they sway in a gentle breeze, the song of hidden warblers or bearded tits, the eerie boom of a bittern, or a marsh harrier drifting over then disappearing into the reedbed.
Far Ings is situated on the south bank of the Humber Estuary, a major east-west flyway for migrating birds. The sight and sound of a skein of geese flying over is spectacular. The pits and reedbeds at Far Ings and along the Humber bank are a legacy of the tile and cement industry which flourished between 1850 and 1959. Thanks to pioneering management by Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, the reserve is now rich in wildlife and one of the UK strongholds for bittern.
In spring and autumn you can see migration in action. Pipits, finches, swallows, martins, swifts, larks, starlings, waders and wildfowl move along the estuary. In late summer the reedbeds are important hirundine roosts. Autumn and winter reward the observer on the Humber bank with sightings of redshank, wigeon, black-tailed godwit, skeins of pink-footed geese and many more species. Among the wildfowl which spend the winter months on the pits within the reserve, look for the diminutive teal.
Storm Surge - December 2013
The nature reserve and the Education & Visitor Centre were flooded by the storm surge on the evening of 5 December 2013 when water overtopped the Humber Bank.
The damage to the Centre was more severe than initially thought and it is currently closed. A car park and facilities are open at Ness End Farm including toilets and a small shop. Ness End Farm is approximately 700m further west, along Far Ings Road, from the Visitor Centre (if approaching down the hill (on Gravel Pit Road) turn left at the T-junction rather than right).
Update - July 2014: The Humber Bank has been repaired and re-opened.
Repairs to the visitor centre are underway and it is hoped that it will re-open mid-August 2014.
Events, children's activities and school visits will continue from Ness End Farm until the visitor centre is re-opened.
Please visit the Coastal Flood Appeal pages for further information about the impact of the storm surge on our coastal nature reserves. .
The reserve is open all year. See the Visitor Centre page for centre opening times.
The paths are level except for access to the Humber Bank.
Paths can become muddy after rain.
How to get there
Far Ings is a 10-15 minute walk along the Humber Bank from Barton-uopn-Humber.
By car, leave the A15 at the A1077 turn-off (last exit before the Humber Bridge). Take the first exit from the roundabout, then the first right (look for the brown tourist signs). At the bottom of the hill, turn right. The entrance to the reserve is on the left.
Link to other reserve page with map.