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Barrow Haven Reedbed

One of the most important of the series of disused flooded clay pits on the Humber Bank.

One of the most important of the series of disused flooded clay pits on the Humber Bank. Clay digging was completed here in about 1950, leaving a pit of varying water depth. Extensive reedbeds (Phragmites, known sometimes as Norfolk Reed) and stands of great reedmace with areas of open water have since developed. The aquatic flora here is richer than in many of the other Humber Bank pits, extensive beds of mare's-tail being a notable feature. Patches of hawthorn scrub, bramble thicket and rough grassland with a pleasantly varied flora surround the water and reedbed areas.

The reserve includes the sea bank and a strip of saltmarsh extending to mean high water mark. More than 150 species of birds have been recorded of which 60 have been known to breed, including great crested grebe, pochard, tufted duck, ruddy duck, water rail, bearded tit, and reed and sedge warblers. Bitterns bred until the 1960s and still occur occasionally as visitors in winter.

Management includes scrub control, reed-cutting and the maintenance of shallow margins for the benefit of reedbed birds.


Nearest postcode: DN19 7HA

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Nearby nature reserves

Barrow Blow Wells
1 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Pasture Wharf
1 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Fairfield Pit
1 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

North of Barrow-upon-Humber.
Map reference
TA 061236
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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12.70 hectares
Walking information
A public footpath runs to the north of the clay pits and cuts through the reserve.
Access is on foot across the bridge from the east side of Barrow Haven, which is accessible by a public road and where there is a small car park.
No dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01507 526667


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