Killingholme Haven Pits
Know before you go
Parking informationRoadside parking along Haven Road
Grazing animalsCattle or sheep
There is no general access through the reserve but a public footpath runs around the edge along the Humber Bank
There is disabled access and ramp to the bird hide giving excellent views over the Pits
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitAll year round
About the reserve
Complex of four flooded clay pits. The reserve is important for its saline lagoon habitat which supports several rare invertebrate species.
The two smaller lagoons have deeper water and are fringed with reed and sedges; they provide suitable habitat for diving ducks, such as pochard, tufted duck and, occasionally, scaup. Breeding species include little grebe, and reed, sedge, willow and grasshopper warblers. The ruddy duck has also been known to breed here.
It is the two large shallow pits, however, that are of the greatest importance for birds, particularly for migrant waders in spring and autumn. Spotted redshank, dunlin, greenshank, common sandpiper, little ringed plover, ruff and black-tailed godwit, the latter often in large numbers, are regular visitors.
The list of scarce and rare bird species includes spoonbill, avocet, little egret, little and Temminck's stints, red-necked phalarope, and curlew, pectoral, Baird's and white-rumped sandpipers.
Management is aimed at sustaining optimum conditions for waders and other species by maintaining shallow water and muddy margins.
Nearest postcode DN40 3JS. Please note - postcodes are for the nearest registered address as we are unable to get postcodes for nature reserves.
Please note we are currently working with Natural England to improve the nature reserve for wildlife, which involves changing the water levels on site. Please see the timetable below for the changing water levels.