Days out in Yorkshire: Fairburn Ings, Castleford

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Stretch your wings and get back to nature with a walk on the wild side at Fairburn Ings.

The nights are getting lighter and days longer, so grab a coat and head out to see a really wild show.

The rolling acres of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds at Fairburn Ings are a great free place to really get back to nature.

The huge array of winged wildlife and aquatic birds across the reserve is incredible and a series of raised wooden walkways and routes thread their way through the fields and wetlands to get you as up close and personal to nature as possible without interfering too much with their natural habitat.

It’s a dream for birdwatchers, but just as good for those who don’t know their pigeons from their peacocks. There are plenty of vantage points to spot some great specimens and well-marked maths to help exploration.

And it’s not just birds, with plenty of chances to spot moths, butterflies and even bats at the right time.

It’s a cracking family day out – with plenty of access for buggies and for little ones wanting to get hands on. Pond dipping season is coming up so if you go in spring, take a net and a jar.

Guided walks and family events are also available with resident RSPB experts, and staff at the visitor centre are happy to help you with your wildlife queries.

Hot drinks and huge slabs of cake are perfect partners for your February trek too.

Add in a cracking playground area for kids to crawl and climb around while mums and dads grab a brew and you’re in business.

FACTFILE

Price: Free

Opening times: Reserve open all year round and visitor centre open 9am to 5pm daily from February to October

Address: Newton Lane, near Castleford, WF10 2BH

Car Parking: £2.50 for non-members (first 30 min free). Free for members

Attraction website: www.rspb.org.uk/fairburnings

Telephone: 01977 628191

Sat nav: WF10 2BH

For more information and deals on great days out see www.yorkshire.com

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