Far Ings

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The Far Ings and Barton Reedbed reserves comprise the open water of Ness Lake and Westfield Lakes, large areas of reedbed, recently made 'scrapes' with shallow water, grassland, hedgerow and scrub, and estuarine saltmarsh, which links the two parts of the reserve.

The varied habitats in the reserve maintain a wide range of plants: reedbed and swamp species, including both species of reedmace and bur-reed; calcicoles, such as kidney vetch, wild carrot and mignonette on the river bank in the vicinity of the old cement works; and saltmarsh plants, such as sea aster and sea-milkwort. Butterflies include common blue, holly blue, gatekeeper and small copper, and more than 200 species of moths have been recorded, including a number of reedbed specialities. Birds are the outstanding attraction of the reserve.

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Far Ings National Nature Reserve, Far Ings Visitor Centre


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enjoy the striking panoramic view from the visitor centre. From here you can see the pits and reedbeds of the reserve, the estuary and Humber bridge, and both the Lincolnshire and Yorkshire Wolds. There is a chance of seeing the iconic birds of Far Ings: bittern, bearded tit and marsh harrier. Binoculars are provided, as well as images of many of the birds you may spot. Interpretive and interactive displays give you an insight into the natural and social history of Far Ings. A lift provides full access to the upper floor of the centre.

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Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesday afternoons.


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The reserve adjoins Far Ings Lane and is a short distance to the west of the Humber Bridge.


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