RSPB Fairburn Ings are wetlands that have been created among coal spoil heaps from the days when coal was mined in the area. The reserve is near Leeds, West Yorkshire, and just off the A1(M) motorway.
The shallow pools are surrounded by shrubs and trees, but vegetation is only slowly spreading over the barren spoil heaps.
I've visited the reserve mostly in the winter and a few times in the spring, but these are probably the best times to visit. In the winter, it is home to a large number of wildfowl, including Whooper Swans and occasionally rarer species like Smew. Springtime and the autumn are the best times to see migratory species.
Some of the best sightings of Kingfisher and Green Woodpecker have been at this reserve.
There are about half a dozen hides overlooking the pools but only one of these is accessible to wheelchairs.
Below is a list of species I have observed on different visits.
|Great Black-backed Gull
Great Crested Grebe
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Lesser Black-backed Gull
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