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  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Nature Reserve, £1-£4


male marsh harrier

male marsh harrier

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Hiding on the south bank of the River Ouse where it widens to become the Humber Estuary is our magical reserve, Blacktoft Sands.

A wonderful variety of wildlife, from birds of prey like marsh harriers to mammals like hares and water voles, makes it home here. From our wheelchair-accessible hides, you can get spectacular views of them going about their business, resting, playing and raising families.

In spring, watch elegant avocets on our pools. Later in summer, look out for butterflies and dragonflies whizzing past as you stroll along our short trails.

Each season is different, and with every visit, you'll spot something new. So don't delay - plan a visit to Blacktoft Sands and see what you can find.

Disabled toiletsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWheelchairs available

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowedFacilities for visually impaired

Groups, prior booking needed. 1 wheelchair available. Coaches only via prior group booking.

Opening details

Opening Times
Reserve is open all year round 09:00 until 21:00 (or dusk if earlier).
The reception hut open daily from 09:00 until 17:00, April to October or at weekends from 09:00 until 16:00, November to March.


Adults: £4.00
Children: £1.00
RSPB members and Wex members free entry.




See location of RSPB Blacktoft Sands Nature Reserve on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SE 819229  Lat: 53.69613 Long: -0.76105

By Road:
The reserve is on the minor road off the A161 through Reedness and Ousefleet. Entrance just after Ousefleet, carpark and overspill go through main carpark to disabled parking.

By Public Transport:
Buses leave from Goole and Scunthorpe, Monday to Friday and every few hours on Saturdays, stopping opposite the reserve entrance.

Parking: free


  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for visually impairedFacilities for visually impaired

Groups, prior booking needed. 1 wheelchair available. Coaches only via prior group booking.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis gravel
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas a ramp

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)


  • YesRamp to entrance


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system