Havergate's hares

Saturday 21 March to Sunday 26 April

Our boat will depart from Orford Quay at 9am & 12noon. The guided walks on the island will last 3 hours and you will return to Orford Quay after around 3.5 hours.

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 is essential.

Booking essential

Havergate Island is not only a great place to see some wonderful wildlife, if you are lucky you might be able to see some of the Brown Hares that are resident on the island. 

Come along and join one of our guides for a guided walk on Havergate. The guides will stop at a couple of hides as Havergate in spring is also a great place to see a good variety of migrant wading birds, late departing ducks, barn owls, little egrets and much more. They will then take you to our brown hares favorite part of the island to see if you can spot any. Whilst you are looking they will be able to talk to you about the Brown Hare and answer any questions you might have. 

After the 20 minute boat journey from Orford Quay you'll spend around 2.5 hours exploring this unique island in the Alde-Ore estuary before returning by boat to Orford.

Places on these very popular trips are strictly limited because of the small capacity of the RSPB boat, so please book early. We have no life saving equipment for under 3 year old children on our boat and therefore can not accept bookings for this age group.

We recommend stout footwear, warm and windproof clothing, wet weather clothing and sun protection at all times of year.

You need to have a reasonable level of fitness for this trip because it requires getting on and off the boat and a lot of 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.

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.

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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 car the park.

Full list of dates

  • Saturday 21 March 2020
  • Sunday 29 March 2020
  • Saturday 18 April 2020
  • Sunday 26 April 2020

Where is it?

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