Havergate Island

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: Video Collection

    Here as promised is a collection of videos from the island. Little Stint on Havergate, courtesy of David Fairhurst, Nov 2011 Definately an unsual record for Havergate in November but in a county contact they do overwinter. Having overwintered in other estuaries in the past 20 years or so. Little...
  • Blog Post: 'Photography: Day of Discovery' - A Tutor's View

    As a change, this blog is a special guest piece, written and illustrated by Danny Porter from www.dannysdigiscoping.com. He is one of our invaluable Volunteer Photography Tutors. "After a meeting, many (long) emails and one cancelled trip [because of the cold weather in March], the very first...
  • Blog Post: "A wonderful event" – Visitor Comments on our first 'Photography: Day of Discovery'

    On 21 April 2013, Havergate Island with it's nearly tame hares, rare birds and unique landscapes welcomed the first visitors to a brand new event format. In this post, I will only list the comments of our visitors from the first event; in the next blog post, you will be able to read my own thoughts...
  • Blog Post: Recent happenings on Havergate island

    Its been something of a purple patch for birds on the Havergate reserves for birds over the last week or so. The highlights include a rough legged buzzard (twice), a short eared owl, a couple of hen harriers, a firecrest, two whooper swans and at least one spotted redshank. There has also been some...
  • Blog Post: Some corrections and more news

    First, I’m going to start with a correction from the last blog. The number of barn Owl fledglings is in fact three. This was only found out last Sunday when the Landgard ringing group came onto the island to do their annual ringing of the large gull chicks and as aside ring the Barn owl chicks...
  • Blog Post: Catch up

    Its been a while since I blogged about anything to do with the island and with the weather looking increasingly unsettled over the next few days, now seems like as good a time as any. The breeding season is well and truly wrapped up and as such attention turned to migrant waders and summering spoonbills...
  • Blog Post: Common gulls on Havergate

    Finally, just after I was about to give up on them, the Common gulls have swung into action. Laying there eggs in some fabulous locations. I was expecting them to lay out in the open, in a big dense colony, like their close cousin the Tern. However, they’ve completely taken me by surprise by nesting...
  • Blog Post: A spectacular end to the season

    As the season’s roll around and the dreaded moment that the clocks go back approaches, it seems like the perfect time to recap on autumn on Havergate and what an autumn it’s been! In my three years working on Havergate the island has never looked better, attracted a greater diversity of...
  • Blog Post: Designing a new Havergate

    As part of the ongoing EU Life + website the staff on Havergate are re –designing the saline lagoons. Anyone who has visited Havergate will know that the islands suffer from significant cliffing in places and that part of the island is virtually impossible to see into from the hides. There...
  • Blog Post: Blue Sky for the Photographers again

    28 April 2013: the second 'Photography: Day of Discovery' was blessed with good weather, co-operative hares and some rarer winged visitors on migration tour. Our very talented 'students' enjoyed discovering the island's wildlife on their own as well as learning more tricks of the...
  • Blog Post: Marine Life

    Lately the island has been visited by a Great Skua (Bonxie) these fearsome birds from the north have reminded me of a cause important to me and important to the nation’s biodiversity, that of the marine environment. Whilst Bonxies have largely been spared the ravages of Sandeel shortages...
  • Blog Post: A rather good month!

    Forgive the lack of updates on the blog of recent times. This is mostly due to late July and August being amongst our busiest times of the year. With hundreds of visitors coming out to the island and continuing with the reserve work including the benthic sampling (seeing what insects live in the mud...
  • Blog Post: This will be the October storms final mission.

    So, after 23 years of service the October Storm is being retired. Well, not retired but definitely overhauled. It’s been 23 years of faithful service she has seen storm surges to glorious sunny days, a succession of different skippers and ferried out what must be well in to the 1000’s...
  • Blog Post: Flashing: prohibited on the island - for Photographers - but the Hare showed it all!

    On Sunday 19 May 2013, our third 'Photography: Day of Discovery', we enjoyed the most gorgeous warm and sunny spring weather one can imagine, after a worrying week of watching daily changes on the very unsettled and sometimes frightening weather forecasts. Everyone arrived in time for the early...
  • Blog Post: Otters

    Otters once a near mythical sighting has become increasingly common in the last few years, in fact I heard someone recently describe them as “ubiquitous”. The island is a classic example of this before August 2010 the total number of sightings on Havergate sat at zero. Admittedly, there...
  • Blog Post: A breezy weekend

    If visitor trips where football or cricket teams then the trips out to Havergate would be described as being in a bad run of form! The last three trips have all had to be cancelled due to a combination of factors. The December visit due to snow, ice and freezing conditions and the January and February...
  • Blog Post: The nations fastest declining seabird?

    Arctic Skua? kittiwake? little tern? All good guesses but since the year 2000 the two fastest declining seabirds are the much less heralded herring gull and lesser black backed gulls. This is according to the SMP (seabird monitoring programme) data recently released by the JNCC. This...
  • Blog Post: Barn Owls and Common Gulls

    Earlier in the season we had the disappointment of the Avocets being predated. However, this week’s blog entry should go some way to alleviating this sense of disappointment. This week I get the rare pleasure of reporting, not just one bit of good news but two bits of positive news. Those who...
  • Blog Post: A visit from Auntie

    On Wednesday the island got a visit from Auntie.... The bbc’s “inside out” team came out to do a piece on the Hares of Havergate. As with most visitors to the island, they were astonished at the tameness of the Hares. This makes Havergate an ideal place to film shots of Hares feeding...
  • Blog Post: The continuing adventures of the Tern chicks

    The Tern chicks are still alive. In fact more than just alive, they appear to be doing really well but I won’t use the word thriving. Every day I go out to the island, I presume the worse, an abandoned colony, parents absent and activity all but over. However, this has so far (touch wood) not been...
  • Blog Post: A quick update

    The breeding season continues a pace on the island. However, firstly I must break some bad news. In my last blog piece I reported that the island was playing host to 23 Avocets the highest breeding number in some time, however between the dates 14 th to the 16 th of July all the nests where predated...
  • Blog Post: Invasion from the North

    Of late the blog seems to have been dominated by articles on “issues”. As a change I thought it would be nice to update people about what has been going on, on the island. Every day seems to bring a good species to the island and the island is jumping with birds. Most lagoons are full...
  • Blog Post: Spoonbills, Shorelarks and Short eared owls

    Whilst the island is still shut to the general public bird life on Havergate has continued. Highlights so far include wintering spoonbills, shorelarks and short eared owls. Its interesting how spoonbill wintering ecology in Suffolk is beginning to change and especially in the Alde- Ore estuary. ...
  • Blog Post: Absence makes the heart grow fonder?

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  • 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...