Far Ings

Barrie Wilkinson


Jamie Hall

Far Ings

Barrie Wilkinson

Far Ings

Emily Cunningham

Marsh Harrier

Mandy West

A chain of flooded clay pits and extensive reedbeds along the Humber Bank.


Far Ings Road
Far Ings
DN18 5RG

OS Map Reference

TA 011 229
A static map of Far Ings National Nature Reserve

Know before you go

59 hectares

Parking information

Ness End car park is open, the Visitor Centre car park is closed until further notice.

Grazing animals


Walking trails

There are three waymarked visitors' routes


Many paths are suitable for wheelchairs (except for closed gates when sheep are present), and there is disabled access to two bird hides


No dogs permitted


Visitor centre
Bird hides
Picnic area
Disabled toilet
Baby changing facilities

When to visit

Opening times

Reserve open all year round
Visitor Centre closed until further notice

Best time to visit

January to December

About the reserve

PLEASE NOTE: Ness End car park and toilets are open daily from 8am - 6pm. The Visitor Centre car park, Visitor Centre and toilets will remain closed until further notice. For our full statement please visit our Coronavirus update page.

This chain of flooded clay pits and extensive reed beds along the Humber bank from west of Barton-upon-Humber to New Holland is a legacy of the brick and tile industry. The site comprise the open water of Ness Lake, large areas of reed bed, grassland, hedgerow and scrub. The Visitor Centre has wonderful panoramic views across the reserve and the estuary, along with a gift shop and refreshments.

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.

There are bitterns on the reserve all year and they are seen in various locations across the reserve. It is possible to hear them ‘booming’ in the spring from about 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.

Please visit our main Far Ings page for further information.

Far Ings location PDF

Location: 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.

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Environmental designation

National Nature Reserve (NNR)