Barrow Haven Reedbed

Barrow Haven
Barrow Haven

Lilianna Witkowska-Wawer

Barrow Haven

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

Barrow Haven Reedbed

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


Nev Cole Way/West Marsh Lane
Barrow Haven
Nearest postcode DN18 5BD

OS Map Reference

TA 061 236
A static map of Barrow Haven Reedbed

Know before you go

13 hectares

Parking information

Car parking available

Walking trails

A public footpath runs to the north of the clay pits and cuts through the reserve


The main path on the reserve is suitable for wheelchairs, but the hide has stairs


No dogs permitted
Assistance dogs only


Bird hides

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to July

About the reserve

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, 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. Please note - postcodes are for the nearest registered address as we are unable to get postcodes for nature reserves.

Location information

Barrow Haven Reedbed location PDF



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