What to expect
Fairburn Ings near Castleford in West Yorkshire, protects a complex of wetland habitats created by subsidence in a former coal mining area. They include open water, wet grassland, reedbed and wet woodland. Other habitats, including dry grassland, deciduous woodland and lagoons, have been restored on the former coal spoil heaps. The reserve is important for waterfowl and waders, farmland birds and other wildlife. The RSPB is working to maintain and enhance biodiversity, while developing the reserve as a local centre for nature conservation and environmental education. There is a small visitor centre selling hot drinks and a wide range of RSPB products from books and children's toys to birdcare products.