Wildlife River Trip

Monday 25 February to Saturday 21 December

varied times - please see below

Price: £19 for adult RSPB members; £24 for all others; 3 to 17s pay half of the adult prices. Places are strictly limited, so advance booking via Minsmere is essential.

Booking essential

Join us on one of our Wildlife River Trips on the Alde-Ore River. On this trip you will enjoy a relaxing cruise around Havergate Island with the added treat of landing on Havergate Island for a 40 minute stop to look out onto our main lagoon. 

Whilst heading around the island you can sit back and enjoy the commentary from our knowledgeable skipper about the history of the river and the surrounding area. And then your RSPB guide will take you onto the island to look out onto our main lagoon.

This river trip will offer you a great chance to see the gulls on and around Havergate during the months of April and June when the island is otherwise closed to visitors. You can learn a bit more about their behavior and see for yourself how they nest and raise their young. Havergate Island is now one of the main breeding sites for large gulls in Suffolk and is an experience in itself.  

Out of the breeding season February, August, October, November and December you will see a more varied array of birds returning from their breeding grounds and recuperating on the islands lagoons. Winter months are the best time for seeing seals and larger numbers of waders on the river and lagoon. 

The boat will leave Orford Quay at various times for the 2.5 hour trip around the island including landing on Havergate Island for 40 minutes.

Places on these trips are strictly limited because of the small capacity of the boat, so please book early. We recommend stout footwear, sensible clothing, wet weather clothing and sun protection at all times of the year.

Trip dates and times

Monday 25 February        10am - 12.30pm

Friday 26 April                 10am - 12.30pm

Saturday 29 June            5.30 - 8pm

Saturday 31 August          5.30 - 8pm

Saturday 19 October        10am - 12.30pm

Sunday 17 November      10am - 12.30pm

Saturday 21 December    10am - 12.30pm 

You  need to have a reasonable level of fitness for this trip because it requires getting on and off the boat and walking on uneven and sometimes muddy ground on the island.

There are no refreshments available on the island. Visitors need to bring their own food and drink for these trips. We have one public toilet on the island if needed. 

In adverse weather conditions the trip may be cancelled at short notice at the wardens discretion; in this case you will get a full refund of your booking fee.

To book click here  

For all enquiries other  than booking please contact us on


Orford Quay. Park in pay and display car park 200 metres before quay.

Full list of dates

  • Monday 25 February 2019
  • Friday 26 April 2019
  • Saturday 29 June 2019
  • Saturday 31 August 2019
  • Saturday 19 October 2019
  • Sunday 17 November 2019
  • Saturday 21 December 2019

Where is it?

  • Postcode: IP12 2NU
  • County: Suffolk