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.

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Landscape and wildlife

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.

Opening times

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.

Dogs are not allowed on the nature reserve. 

Any organised groups wishing to visit Far Ings or any other Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust reserve must fill in a Group Visit Form at least one month in advance of their visit.

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. 
See the map on the Where to find us page.


Parking is available at the public car park at Chowder Ness, the Lincs Wildlife Trust Far Ings Visitor Centre car park and the Lincs Wildlife Trust Ness End car park.

Please note that from Tuesday 7 June the car park at Ness End will be locked between 18:00 and 08:00. Unfortunately this is due to increasing levels of vandalism and misuse of the nature reserve. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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 Visitor Centre was more severe than initially thought and it was closed until August 2014. The pits at Far Ings appear to be recovering well from the inundation, the salinity fell quickly.

Please visit the Coastal Flood Appeal pages for further information about the impact of the storm surge on our coastal nature reserves.

What's on

Wednesday wanders: Bird Song

Wednesday 16th May -6.00pm

Venue: Far Ings National Nature Reserve

Brush up on your bird song as spring arrivals compete for territories and mates.

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A-Z of Wildlife

Photo of Marsh Harrier

Name: Marsh Harrier

Scientific name: Circus aeruginosus

Category: Birds of prey

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