Far Ings National Nature Reserve
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 the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, the reserve is now rich in wildlife and one of the UK strongholds for bittern.
Please note: Due to essential maintenance work, the Visitor Centre , Visitor Centre car park and outside toilet block will be closed until 1 February. The reserve will remain open at all times, accessible from Ness End Farm.
Know before you go
- Visitor Centre
- Picnic area
- Disabled toilet
- Baby changing facilities
Dogs are not permitted on this reserve.
Many paths are suitable for wheelchairs (except for closed gates when sheep are present). There is disabled access to two bird hides. Contact the Trust for further information.
Reserve open at all times. Please see below for car park opening times.
Visitor Centre open weekends and bank holidays 10am - 4pm, and Wednesdays, Thursday and Fridays 1pm - 4pm.
Please note: The Visitor Centre, car park and outside toilet block will be closed for January due to essential maintenance work. Pedestrian access is from Ness End Farm.
Visitor Centre open weekends and bank holidays 10am - 4pm, and Wednesdays, Thursday and Fridays 1pm - 4pm. Please note, the Visitor Centre, car park and outdoor toilet block will be closed for January due to essential maintenance work. Pedestrian access and parking is from Ness End Farm.
Binoculars are provided, as well as interpretive and interactive displays giving you an insight into the history of Far Ings.
The Centre is fully accessible on both floors, with toilet facilities and refreshments available to purchase.
The Visitor Centre is also the base for the educational services run at Far Ings providing a range of formal and informal educational activities for all ages and abilities. Take a look below for more information.
Free parking is available at the public car park at Chowder Ness, the Visitor Centre car park and the Ness End car park. Visitor Centre car park is open from 9am to 4:30pm on weekdays, and 10am to 4:30pm on weekends. Ness End Farm car park gates open from 8am and are locked at 6pm (or dusk if earlier).
Bike racks are also available in the Visitor Centre car park and Ness End car park. Cycling is not permitting within the reserve.
Location and contact details
Far Ings National Nature Reserve
Far Ings Road
Please note, this postcode is for the nearest registered address as we are unable to get postcodes for nature reserves.
OS Map Reference: TA 011 229
Visitor Centre enquiries:
Habitats and species
Far Ings nature reserve is a diverse landscape made up of reedbeds, meadow and scrub, and both freshwater and saltwater environments. This varied habitat is rich in microscopic life and invertebrates, which in turn support fish such as perch and roach which provide a food source to a huge variety of birds including heron and kingfisher
Management work undertaken has improved the reedbed habitat and created more open feeding areas with the aim of attracting bitterns back as a nesting species. After an absence of 21 years, bitterns began breeding again in 2000. It is possible to hear them ‘booming’ in the spring from around March. A good location to try is the double decker hide at Ness End Farm, bitterns are seen from here on a regular but infrequent basis – they are very shy birds and good at hiding.
Walks and trails
There are three circular walks through the reserve, all of which are clearly waymarked. These are Chowder Ness Round (allow two hours), Blow Wells and Target Lake Loop (allow one hour), and Reedbed Path (allow half an hour).
The Viking Way walking route also crosses through Far Ings along the Humber Bank, and there are waymarked public footpaths around the reserve where you are permitted to take your dog.
Also available is the South Humber Heritage Trail. This walk is split in two sections and can be walked in either direction between Burton-upon-Stather and Winteringham and between Barton-upon-Humber and South Ferriby. There are five villages along the trail which have their own information leaflet, all of which can be downloaded below.
Far Ings reserve map
South Humber Heritage Trail
Keep in touch
Take a look at the Far Ings social media pages for the latest news, or search for an upcoming event.