Havergate is a small island in the River Ore in Suffolk and is famous for its breeding avocets and terns, which can usually be seen during spring and summer.

In autumn and winter, the island provides a haven for large numbers of ducks and wading birds. Havergate is also a great place to see brown hares at close range. Access is by boat only and the boat trip to the island helps you really feel you’re getting away from it all.

If you’re thinking of attending the annual Havergate Adventure, which is now in its 27th year, and run by the RSPB Woodbridge, Kesgrave Hall is the perfect place to stay during your visit. We have 23 luxury bedrooms for you to choose from, as well as all-day indoor and outdoor dining in our bar brasserie.

This year’s Havergate Adventure takes place from Saturday 15th to Monday 17th August. Boats depart hourly from Orford Quay from 9.30am to 1.30pm and include a two-hour guided bird watching walk on Havergate Island.

Homemade refreshments will be available on the island and binoculars will be available on free loan. Tickets cost £12 or £3 for under 16s. Bookings can be made via the RSPB Minsmere reserve on 01728 648281 from Wednesday, 1st July. Some tickets may be available on the day, subject to spaces.

This is a once-a-year opportunity, so don’t miss out!

You can find out more about Havergate by clicking here.

+ Sue Bunting

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