Havergate Island


Havergate Island nature reserve lies in the Ore estuary, south of Orford village. The island consists of saline (saltwater) lagoons, marsh and mudflats.

It is famous for it waders and seabirds. It is a great place to get up close to brown hares at any time of year. From late summer, many migrating wading birds stop off at Havergate to feed and roost. In autumn and winter the island provides a haven for large numbers of ducks and wading birds.

For more information: http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/h/havergate


Havergate Island is open the first Saturday of every month and special event weekends throughout the summer (see our website)


Call the Minsmere visitor centre on 01728 648281.


The Havergate Adventure 2013 - Visit the Island of the Avocets

The RSPB Woodbridge Local Group is offering visitors an opportunity to visit the RSPB reserve on Havergate Island. We have been running the Havergate Adventure each August for over 20 years now. This year, from Saturday August 17 to Tuesday August 20, the RSPB boat ‘October Storm’ will leave Orford Quay each hour from 9.30 to 2.30 with 12 visitors on board for a guided tour of Havergate. There will be refreshments and free binoculars available.  We would like to give as many individuals and families as possible a good day out and to introduce some new people, particularly youngsters, to the delights of bird watching.

There are always plenty of birds around - the first excitement is often the spoonbills with their impressive size and remarkable bills. Little egrets also attract attention especially in flight or when the wind blows their plumes. The dark and light plumage patterns of ringed plovers and oyster catchers easily catch the eye as they feed close to the hides. If you are lucky a bird of prey such as a marsh harrier may fly over, disturbing the waders in the lagoons so that you can see marvellous flights of avocets, dunlins and black-tailed godwits swirling in the air and then settling back into the lagoons.

On sale again this year  will be the group’s updated and expanded edition of their guide to the Suffolk Coast – now called ‘Suffolk’s Wildlife Coast: a guide to the RSPB nature reserves in coastal Suffolk’. This 124-page full-colour book will be on sale at Orford Quay and on Havergate Island during the four days of the event and at other times from the group website  www.rspb.org.uk/groups/woodbridge, RSPB bookshops, selected local bookshops and Tourist Information Centres, price £7.50.

The Havergate Adventure is one the RSPB Woodbridge Local Group’s major fund-raising events of the year. We raise around £8000 each year for the environmental work of the RSPB.

2 hours 40 minutes including a guided tour
Binoculars on free loan
Refreshments available
Boats leave Orford Quay every hour from 9.30am to 2.30pm
Adults £11.00, under 16 £3.00
Boats hold 12 persons
Tickets may be booked in advance from Thursday 1st August on
01728 723155

Tickets also available from Orford Quay from Saturday 18th August

For information on The Havergate Adventure visit: