A chance to photograph the wildlife and landscape on Suffolk’s only island
Havergate Island, an RSPB reserve, nestles in the River Ore and is only accessible by boat. It’s full of life, isolated from disturbance by humans and many predators, the flora and fauna on the island flourish. It’s one of those places in Suffolk that’s a little hard to get to but once you’re there you realise the effort was worth it.
The population of wild hares has the run of the island where they are able to live and breed protected from natural predators. While they bask in the sun, if you show a little patience, you can get close enough (though not too close) for some great images. There are avocets, barn owls and spoonbills in addition to the inevitable gulls on the island too. During the summer months sea lavender thrives decorating the island with its mauves and purples.
But it’s not just wildlife. Surrounded on all sides by the river, you’ll see a landscape on one side that is what you may have come to expect of Suffolk. But on the other side you have the eerily silent Orford Ness. A flat shingle landscape punctuated only by the remains of the old military testing facilities, now managed by the National Trust.
It’s not often that you can get to the island to photograph or to just take it all in, but in conjunction with Wild Adventures under Suffolk’s Skies we are running a variety of trips to the island in 2016 where you’ll get the chance to do just that. Whether a beginner, an enthusiast or a pro you’ll have the chance to roam the paths and take advantage of the photography tuition available if you want to. I’ll be there to offer guidance on photographing the landscape as well as general photography advice and Kevin Sawford will be there to offer help on photographing the wildlife.
The crossing to the island, all the tuition you want plus hot snacks are all included in the price of £124. You can see the available dates on the Wild Adventures under Suffolk’s Skies website.
If you’d like to know more, or to book a place on one of the forthcoming workshops, please get in touch with either Monika of Wild Adventures under Suffolk’s Skies, Kevin or myself and we’ll be happy to help.