This 35 hectare (86 acre) of lagoon and coastal grassland is a patchwork of connected lands owned by Associated British Ports, Environment Agency and this Society managed by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust as part of the Easington Biodiversity Steering Group (EBSG), comprising specialists representing Natural England, Environment Agency, Spurn Bird Observatory, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, SHCS and the Easington Parish Council.
This Society is a stakeholder in this reserve.
It represents a significant investment by the Society in local habitat conservation management and co-operation in the furtherance of our aim to, “Create a better Place for Wildlife”.
The Society lets 9 hectare (22 acre) of land known as Beacon Field by leasehold enabling Kilnsea Wetlands to bridge into Beacon Lagoons Nature Reserve and form one large complex of coastal habitats with managed pedestrian access.
We are proud to have made this investment in the provision of this land and to cooperate with our EBSG partners.
This reserve straddles the minor road between Easington and Kilnsea, the predominant part being to the East of the road just over the flood defence bank. There is small car park with interpretation panel at GR TA405 167.
A gate leads to a path which follows the flood defence bund to a bird hide and also to a T junction alongside SHCS’s Beacon Field.
Taking the right arm at the T leads to the Blue Bell at Kilnsea. Taking the left arm at the T leads along Long Bank to Easington Lagoon with views over Beacon Ponds.
Please do not use the Long Bank for pedestrian access.
What can be seen there?
This reserve is to provide refuge for passage and wintering roosting waders such as golden and grey plovers, knot, dunlin and sanderling.
The lagoons very quickly became home for avocets and little egrets. Extensive open areas of fresh water and saline lagoon with muddy margins are for wading birds.
There is also coastal grassland taken out of arable production and maintained by grazing with several small ponds and scrapes offering habitat diversity with anticipated importance for dragonflies.
The grassy banks of the bunds are occupied by Roessel’s bush-cricket.
* NB There is no free access to areas within this reserve. Access is permitted to the pond dipping area on application to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust at the Blue Bell. This reserve is not included in the Society’s liability insurance cover.