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Fairburn Ings RSPB West Yorkshire

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View from Fairburn village, looking west.
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View from Fairburn village, looking west.

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Site Details

Only a few miles from the centre of Leeds and yet offering a true countryside experience, Fairburn Ings is a wildlife haven in the heart of the Aire valley.
The lakes and marshes are a legacy of the mining industry, but virtually all traces are now gone and nature has reclaimed the landscape, encouraged by RSPB management.
There is something to see at any season - flocks of ducks in winter, including the rare Smew, migrating birds in spring and autumn and a multitude of nesting warblers and waders.


Fairburn Ings RSPB
RSPB Fairburn Ings, Newton Lane, Ledston, Castleford WF10 2BH

Contact Details

Telephone: 01977 628190


Birding Sites in the Fairburn Ings RSPB Area

Additional Site Details


Leave the A1 at junction 42 for the A63, and follow signs for Fairburn village on the A1246. Once in the village turn right at Wagon and Horses public house. At the T-junction turn right, and the reserve is 1.5 miles on the left.


The boardwalk around the visitor centre, pickup hide and Lin Dyke footpath and hide are all disabled access.


There is a car park at the visitor centre and Lin dyke.

Opening Times

Visitor Centre open 09.30-17:00 every day except Christmas and Boxing Day.


From the visitor centre there are short, family walks or longer excursions, observation hides and boardwalks, all designed to get you closer to wildlife.
An extensive series of events and guided walks caters for all, from keen birdwatchers to families. A specially constructed, elevated boardwalk projects out into the main lake allowing all ages a chance to see the birds on the lake at close hand.

Key Areas / Routes

Main Bay, Village Bay, Cut Lane, Lin Dyke

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