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Havergate Island
Welcome to the Havergate community group. Havergate is a magical place, Suffolk’s only island! The reserve is nestled within the Alde & Ore estuary and is well known for its year round bird spectacle.
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  • Blog Post: Spoonbill Event

    The team here at Havergate had a great weekend running the Spoonbill event on the 2 nd and 3 rd August. The sun continued to shine both days and the boat was full on all trips with first timers to the island and a few returning visitors. Thankfully, the iconic Spoonbills were in attendance doing what...
  • Blog Post: Island Life

    I have now completed my first month as the newly appointed South Suffolk Coast warden and what a great month it has been! So, this is my first posting of what I hope will be a regular update of the goings on on Havergate Island, Boyton and Hollesley Marshes. Firstly I will mention our successful breeding...
  • Blog Post: Building for the future:

    Almost three months to the day since the storm surge that wracked the East coast and Havergate specifically the repairs to the seawall are complete. The two major breaches and umpteen slippages were repaired in an operation lasting a little more than a month. At times the weather was simply awful...
  • Blog Post: Situation update

    After the Christmas period and more than a month since the Storm surge, it is worth updating people about the situation on Havergate. The worst of the flooding on the island has passed with long meadow now all but drained of water, main/gullery/north are still holding a lot of water but at least some...
  • Blog Post: After the Storm:

    5 days have passed since the storm surge on the evening of Thursday 5 December. Conditions were too difficult to land on Havergate immediately after the surge on the Friday. However, a slow sail round the island on Friday morning revealed at least two breaches in the wall and two of the hides at been...
  • Blog Post: Great Memories of a fantastic Summer

    Havergate will never look the same after storm Xaver, the flood it caused and the resulting damage to the infrastructure and hides on the island, which makes all the memories of this year's summer even more precious. Lesley Ribbens and her family have been amongst the fortunate ones who had the time...
  • Blog Post: A perk of the job

    Last week I took the opportunity to stay out on the island for six days, despite having accommodation out on the island this is something I rarely if ever get the chance to do. So, despite the presence of the diggers down at Hollesley I took the chance to get out on the island with one of the residential...
  • Blog Post: A time to look back and look forward

    As summer rolls into autumn and the first wintering duck begin to return to the island it is time to look back at the breeding season on Havergate. Starting with the large gulls, Herring gulls clocked in at 503 AON’s up by 17 from 2012. The lesser black backs had a massive increase, the reasons...
  • Blog Post: Our Hare made it onto VisitEngland's '101 Things to Do' List

    The busy season on Havergate Island is over for this year and it seems to be a good time to tidy up all the interesting news that has gathered on my desk in the past few months. Havergate Island, once the RSPB's best kept secret - as some said - has become well known this year. Of course, you...
  • Blog Post: Jacob's Adventure on Havergate Island

    The following is a guest post written by Jacob Ribbens, 8 years old, for the Tonbridge Local Group's Autumn newsletter originally. He was so kind to agree to a second publication, therefore, please enjoy reading his report about our greatest adventure on Havergate Island this summer: "This...
  • Blog Post: Big Wild Sleepout: the comments

    Four families headed out with the RSPB boat 'October Storm' to Suffolk's only island on the afternoon of the 10 August 2013 for a true adventure. Photo by Kevin Sawford, www.kevinsawford.com Here is what they thought about their exclusive experience on Havergate Island's first ever...
  • Blog Post: Big Wild Sleepout: the facts

    The Big Wild Sleepout on Havergate Island was truely an amazing adventure for everyone involved - visitors and volunteers alike! Here are the real numbers behind the event of a lifetime: • 1 hare trail with 16 white hares, many strange clues and 15 correct facts had been set up on •...
  • Blog Post: EU Life+

    As people who visit the website will be aware, the island closed its doors to the general public at the beginning of October this is to enable the contractors to access the island and carry out the vital works as part of the EU life+ project. It is my pleasure and excitement to be able to announce that...
  • Blog Post: Making 'A World of Difference' for Havergate Island

    Some brilliant news, hot of the press: The South Suffolk Coast Reserves are one of only two lucky RSPB places to get a Vodafone World of Difference winner in Spring 2013. Hi, this is me actually: Monika, Events Officer for the South Suffolk reserves from March to June; fully funded by the Vodafone...
  • Blog Post: Absence makes the heart grow fonder?

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  • Blog Post: Havergate Hares 2011

    The summer survey season began today on Havergate with the traditional season opener the Hare Transect. This is the count where we determine how many Hares we have on the island. Last year the population of Hares stood at 29 and in 2011 the population stands at 27. Though this is a decrease...
  • Blog Post: The adventure of Havergate:

    As the year rolls on thoughts begin to turn from breeding birds to passage birds. However, If I was asked to use just one word to sum up the breeding season, I’d say long. The gulls were on eggs by Mid March with the first chicks hatching in mid April. Then we had the encouraging signs of 23...
  • Blog Post: An emotional day!?

    Today was an emotional day, at least for me. The 2nd Tern chick from the colony on Belpers fledged. I even watched it fly, unbeknownst to it on even them as I should refer to them from the safety of the hide. It didn’t go far it merely flew up and bathed itself in the saline water in the lagoon...
  • Blog Post: Countryfiled

    It's been a couple of years since the BBC last visited the island therefore it was with some pleasure that we where lucky enough last Thursday to host the BBC's countryfile team. Despite the cold temperatures (almost -6 according to the thermometer on nearby Orfordness) a good day was had by...
  • Blog Post: Completion

    After 5 months, the earthwork and engineering work on Havergate is complete. Now after the changes, comes the hard part, namely using the new sluices and island layout to increase the ecological effectiveness of the reserve. It will be worth keeping an eye on both the RSPB website and the Alde –...
  • Blog Post: The Analysis:

    The results are in, 99% of all birds have fledged and after a changeable summer, the 2011 Havergate island breeding bird story is ready to be told. The final counts of the large gulls where 460 herring gulls and 1030 lesser blacked backed gulls , a grand total of 1490 large gulls, how does...
  • Blog Post: Ola! Wish you where here

    It feels now that winter has truly arrived, the temperatures are plunging and the nights are drawing in and the clocks are about to go back. A chilling sentence for anyone who lives in the British Isles. It was therefore nice to get an update on the movements of the ringed gull chicks on Havergate...
  • Blog Post: Three days and Three nights on Havergate

    So, after waving good bye to the first residential volunteers last week, I decided to take myself out and spend three days and nights alone on Havergate Island. This is useful in terms of thinking about what needs to be done on the island not only by myself but also by the incredibly helpful volunteers...
  • Blog Post: Winter Development's

    It’s been a fairly quiet time on Havergate. However, that’s not to say the island has been standing still. Aside from the changeable weather, which has at times been wet, mild, cold, snowing and windy with all the above. We have managed to fit in a couple of visitor events with highlights...
  • Blog Post: Some sad news

    I’ll keep this brief but sad news..... The Flamingo has departed the islands. No more will anyone look across Main lagoon and be cheered by sight of a large pink bird, normally with his head in the water, feeding away, no more will he take off in flight and look like a long thin pink pencil with...