Capturing First Light On Havergate

Saturday 2 May and Saturday 29 August

May trip will meet on the quay at 5.30am returning at 11am. August trip will meet on the quay at 6.30am returning at 12noon.

Price: £60 per person

Booking essential

Are you a budding amateur wildlife photographer who would jump at the chance to spend an early morning on Havergate Island?

We have arranged a couple of special trips for you to spend an exclusive morning on Suffolk's only island so you can capture those once in a lifetime shots of Havergate's unique and diverse scenery and the wildlife that live on it in the early morning light. 

This trip is perfect for you if you are a keen photographer, giving you the opportunity to spend an early morning on Havergate and capture amazing photographs of its wildlife when it is at its most active. Along with the waders feeding on the lagoons you might be lucky enough to see the Barn Owls hunting along the sea walls and as the sun rises the islands smaller inhabitants such as butterflies will become more active feeding on the array of coastal wildflowers. With some luck and fieldcraft, you may even get up close and personal with one of the island's famous wild brown hares.

Only 8 places are available on each trip so you will really feel like you are the only person on the island. Guides will be present and will happily point you in the right direction to finding the birds and hares or else you can wander and just capture the moments as they present themselves.  

You will need to bring your own food but tea and coffee will be available for you to help yourself to.   

You need to have a reasonable level of fitness for this trip as it requires getting on and off the boat and walking with your equipment on sometimes uneven, muddy or wet ground. 

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

To make a booking please follow this link to the Eventbrite booking page. 


The RSPB boat 'October Storm' will depart from Orford Quay for the 20 minute ride to Havergate Island. Please ensure you arrive at Orford in good time and leave your car at the pay-and-display car park situated close to the quay. There are bicycle racks and public toilets at the car park.

Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 52.09063, 1.53863 (Google Maps)
  • Postcode: IP12 2NU
  • County: Suffolk

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