coastal birdwatching trail
Far Ings National Nature Reserve Birdwatching
Far Ings National Nature Reserve is dominated by large areas of open fresh water and reedbeds that have formed in the clay pits that are a remnant of the brick and tile industry.
- Cafe / Tea Room
- Baby Facilities
- Gift Shop
- Gateway Site
Visitor Centre and Education enquiries
Far Ings Road
Far Ings National Nature Reserve is located to the west of Barton-upon-Humber and the Humber Bridge.
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. Parking is free.
Well behaved dogs are permitted in the Visitor Centre and along the Viking Way but are not permitted onto the nature reserve.
Reserve open all year round.
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
The trust is an incredible local wildlife conservation charity looking after nearly 100 nature reserves and helping to give wildlife a voice, and inspiring people of all ages to take action for wildlife.
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what species and habitats can you find?
The reedbeds are carefully managed to provide a suite of nesting opportunities for specialist species, particularly bittern, marsh harrier and bearded tit. The areas of open water and ditches are superb for dragonflies and damselflies.
There are numerous patches of hawthorn scrub, filled with the song of summer migrants, which are interspersed with areas of neutral and chalk grassland that house a wide range of wildflowers and invertebrates.
The intertidal mudflats and saltmarsh, best viewed from the Viking Way, can be good for wading birds, whilst the tidal reedbeds are excellent in autumn and winter for bearded tits, and occasionally short-eared and barn owls.
Bittern; winter wildfowl; pink-footed geese; Cetti’s warbler; starling murmurations
Booming bittern; displaying marsh harrier; bearded tit; spring migrants such as martins, swallows and warblers; singing Cetti’s warbler; water rail
Reed warbler; sedge warbler; summer warblers; hobby; marsh harrier feeding young; bearded tit families; kingfisher
Migrant thrushes such as redwing and fieldfare; 1,000s of pink-footed geese; eruptions of bearded tits; bittern
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useful hints and tips
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.
Bearded tits show best on warm still mornings. Listen for their distinctive ‘pinging’ call to help locate them. The viewing screen along the Hotel Pit track is a reliable spot for them, and where kingfisher might also be seen.
Winter starling murmurations can be unpredictable, so please keep an eye on social media for latest info.
In spring from Ness Hide, Scrapes and Reedy Hide you can observe the fantastic display of the marsh harriers.
Facilities at Far Ings include a Visitor Centre, toilets (including disabled), baby changing facilities, shop and refreshments are available.