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.


Havergate's hares

Saturday 28 March and Sunday 29 March

Our boat will depart from Orford Quay at 9am, 10am, 12noon and 1pm. The guided walks on the island will last 3 hours and you will return to Orford Quay after around 3.5 hours.

Price: £12 for RSPB members; £19 for all others (no child discount). Places are strictly limited, so advance booking via Minsmere is essential.

Booking essential

We are very sorry, but this event is now fully booked - the next available trips to Havergate are in August

Havergate Island is one of the best places in the UK to watch wild brown hares.