Far Ings

Barrie Wilkinson

Bittern

Jamie Hall

Far Ings

Barrie Wilkinson

Marsh Harrier

Mandy West

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

Location

Far Ings Road
Far Ings
Barton-upon-Humber
DN18 5RG

OS Map Reference

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

Know before you go

Size
59 hectares

Parking information

Public car park at Chowder Ness, at the Visitor Centre and Ness End

Bicycle parking

Sheffield racks in the Visitor Centre and a wheelbender cycle rack in the Ness End car park, cycling is not permitting within the nature reserve

Grazing animals

Sheep

Walking trails

There are three waymarked visitors' routes

Access

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

Dogs

No dogs permitted

Facilities

Visitor centre
Bird hides
Toilets
Shop
Picnic area
Disabled toilet
Baby changing facilities

When to visit

Opening times

Reserve open at all times
Visitor Centre: Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from 10am until 4pm

Best time to visit

January to December

About the reserve

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.

 

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Environmental designation

National Nature Reserve (NNR)