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The South Humber Collection countryside - something for everyone

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Something for Everyone

North Lincolnshire is an area of natural beauty and rural tranquillity where the rolling chalk of the Lincolnshire Wolds meets the lush Ancholme Valley and the wild shoreline of the Humber estuary. Here you’ll find the South Humber Collection, showcasing the area’s finest wildlife attractions.

The countryside offers the visitor a wonderful variety of wildlife habitats - all waiting to be explored. From the windswept flats of the Humber estuary in the north, famous for the huge flocks of migrating wading birds, to forgotten lowland heath land sites, this is an area rich in wildlife.

From the windswept flats of the Humber estuary
to forgotten lowland heathland sites,
North Lincolnshire is an area rich in wildlife

The Humber estuary is a paradise for bird watchers and at Barton upon Humber, under the shadow of the great suspension bridge, is a new wetlands visitors centre, Waters’ Edge. This reclaimed site has a network of managed wetland with over 100 types of birds including some rare, endangered species.

Far Ings National Nature Reserve is an ideal destination for watching wildlife in the open water, reedbeds and meadows of the reserve. Thanks to pioneering management by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, Far Ings is one of the foremost areas in the country for the conservation of reedbeds and a stronghold for one of Britain’s rarest birds, the bittern.

In a superb natural setting, where the rivers Trent and Ouse join to form the Humber, Alkborough Flats is an exciting project that helps prevent thousands of homes from flooding.  Its location on the Humber, one of Europe’s top destinations for migratory wildfowl, provides essential feeding sites for thousands of birds on the way to their winter-feeding grounds

This is perfect walking and cycling country. A network of footpaths and cycle routes that attract thousands of visitors every year from across Europe link the charming towns and villages of North Lincolnshire. 

If you are looking for the challenge of a long distance walk, try the Nev Cole Way and the Viking Way, which can be combined to form a 90-mile circular route through wild shoreline and the Lincolnshire Wolds. If a Sunday afternoon ramble is more your style, the Ancholme Valley offers riverside walks, discovering unique pedestrian bridges. 

Start your voyage of discovery…

Visit Far Ings National Nature Reserve

Visit Far Ings National Nature Reserve

A legacy of the tile and cement works industries; Far Ings is now rich in wildlife. Begin your journey of wildlife discovery at the Visitor Centre.

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