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About Fairburn Ings

Important notice

The reserve is now accessible following the flooding. There is still no access via Newton Lane from the Allerton Bywater end of the reserve. Access to the car park is via Back Newton Lane or along Newton Lane from Fairburn village. For more information, please call the visitor centre on 01977 628191 or our regional office on 0300 7772676, or for immediate updates on social media, please follow RSPB West Yorks on Facebook or @fairburnings on Twitter.

Aerial view of RSPB Fairburn Ings nature reserve

Image: David Wootton

With pond dipping, regular fun events and walks to help you get away from it all, RSPB Fairburn Ings is the ideal place for adults and children to find out more about wildlife.

The three main trails take you through a variety of habitats allowing stunning views of birds such as willow tits and tree sparrows in the woodland, and lapwings, snipe and redshanks in the wet grassland. In winter Fairburn hosts an array of swans, ducks and geese on the main lake, so there is something to see whatever the season.

There is a visitor centre selling hot drinks and a wide range of RSPB products from books and children's toys to birdcare products. The visitor centre, family trail and Lin Dike trail are accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs

Opening times

Visitor centre open every day: March to October, 9 am to 5 pm (car park shuts at 8 pm) and November to February, 9 am to 4 pm (car park shuts at 4 pm). Closed Christmas Day.

Entrance charges

Entry is free of charge to members all year. There is a charge for non-members of £2.50 per car. Parking is free for members and disabled badge holders, but for non-members only the first 30 minutes are free.

If you are new to birdwatching...

There are regular events aimed at beginners, not just about birdwatching but also other wildlife like moths and bats, depending on the time of year. We run guided walks around the reserve with RSPB experts, and there will always be someone in the visitor centre who can help you with your wildlife queries. Binoculars can be hired from the visitor centre, starting at £3. You can pick up a reserve map in the visitor centre, and our staff and volunteers will be available to help.

Information for families

There are many activities organised for families and children, including family fun days and special children's events throughout the year. Please contact the visitor centre for details. Children will enjoy the Discovery Trail.

Information for dog owners

Dogs are welcome at the reserve and we have facilities such as a dog parking area and a dog bowl. Please keep your dog on a lead while on the trails. Only assistance dogs can be brought into the visitor centre.

Contact us

Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 53.74373,-1.31765
  • Postcode: WF10 2BH
  • Grid reference: SE451277
  • Nearest town: Castleford, West Yorkshire
  • County: West Yorkshire
  • Country: England

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