Farne Islands Puffins and Seabirds Wildlife Photography Workshop
At a glance
|2017 Dates & Prices:||Tuesday 6th June (Day & Evening) – 0 places available. £124 per person.
Thursday 8th June (Day & Evening) – 2 places available. £124 per person.
Saturday 24th June (Day) – 0 places available. £99 per person.
Saturday 1st July (Day) – 0 places available. £99 per person.
|Maximum participants:||8 per workshop|
|Private workshops?||Yes. One to one or one to two workshops can be made on a bespoke basis. Please contact me for a quote and to arrange a suitable date.|
I recommend a digital SLR with a lens of 300mm or more. A tripod is useful on the Islands for larger and heavier lenses (e.g 400mm +) but not recommended for use on the boat. A wider angle lens is good for photographs of the cliff faces. Spare batteries and memory cards are an absolute necessity and a rain / weather cover is often worth packing.
Stout outdoor shoes or walking boots are required and warm waterproof clothing. Suntan cream is recommended and a hat is absolutely essential for visiting Inner Farne.
Our meeting point will be around the Serenity Farne Islands booking office on Seahouses harbour, Northumberland.
Ample car parking and public transport links in Seahouses. Toilets are close by at the main Seahouses car park. Basic toilets may be available on the boat. There are no facilities on Staple Island, toilets are on Inner Farne. All refreshments must be carried on to the Islands. There are plenty of shops, pubs, cafes in Seahouses. Car parking costs about £4 for the day. Prior to the workshop taking place I will send more information.
You can do as little or as much walking around the islands as you wish. The islands are a mix of boardwalks, rocks, level paths and uneven surfaces. A basic level of agility / mobility is required for this workshop.
Due to the dates and tides of these workshops I am sorry that boarding wheelchairs onto the boat will not be possible.
If you’re travelling to the region I can recommend the following accommodation.
Olde School House Bed & Breakfast. This is owned by the same family who operate the boats I use for my Farne Islands photography workshops:
Beadnell Towers, situated in the heart of the delightful village of Beadnell on the Northumberland coast and is only a short walk from some of Britain’s most beautiful, unspoilt beaches.
Self Catering cottage ‘The Old Granary’ in Seahouses. For more information, photographs and booking, please click here.
Whitton Cottage situated in the heart of the Northumberland National Park.
The Kestrel and Kingfisher lodges are very well located between Alnwick and Morpeth in Northumberland. Please contact me if you are interested and I’ll pass your details directly to the owners.
Kestrel Lodge, Felmoor Park.
Kingfisher Lodge, Felmoor Park.
Northumberland’s Farne Islands are undoubtedly a jewel in the crown of British wildlife habitats. The spring breeding season is an amazing experience, thousands upon thousands of puffins, guillemots, razorbills, shags, Arctic, common and sandwich terns, fulmar, kittiwakes and other species of gulls cover the islands, sky and sea. Plus hundreds of seals and the chance of minke whale, bottlenose dolphin and harbour porpoise too. It is easy to see why the Farne Islands are one of my favourite wildlife photography destinations!
My Farne Islands wildlife photography workshops not only give you a fantastic day on the Farne Islands but I also have dates which include an early evening cruise too. As usual, I keep group sizes small enough for tuition and I’ll be on hand at all times to advise on techniques and settings to ensure you take some fantastic photographs.
We’ll aim to meet at Seahouses harbour at around 9.30am and spend a little bit of time going through our itinerary and looking at some of our camera settings. After boarding our boat the photography starts almost straight away! En-route to the islands we’ll photograph the various species of birds as they fly past the boat, skimming the surface of the water. As we tour around the cliff face ‘hot-spots’ there will be great opportunities to photograph the interaction and inevitable conflict of thousands of nesting birds.
After a tour of the islands and cliffs we aim (see note below) to land on Staple Island and spend about 2 hours photographing the huge range of seabirds. Our boat will then transfer us to Inner Farne where we’ll spend a further 2-3 hours. On both islands you’ll be amazed at just how close you can get to species like the iconic Atlantic puffin! The environment and ecology of Inner Farne is also very different to Staple Island. Arctic, common and sandwich terns nest here and the island has much more foliage which makes for a range of different photographs. Rock pipits have been breeding there too in the last few years.
On dates which include an evening cruise we’ll return to the harbour where we can take a break and have some refreshments before we head back again! The light is much less harsh towards the evening and the cliff faces take on a much more pleasing light – they’re still packed with birds! We’ll look out for the spectacle of ‘jumplings’ where guillemot chicks take a rite of passage by leaping down the cliffs to join their fathers in the sea below. I aim to end evening workshops by around 9pm.
All boats at the Staple Island jetty are extremely vulnerable to tidal conditions. In the event of our skipper being unable to land on Staple Island we will continue to sail around photographing the cliff face colonies from the boat. The skipper’s decision is final. The jetty at Inner Farne is not usually affected. All boat transport costs are included in the cost of this workshop but please remember additional landing fees are payable to the National Trust on Staple Island and Inner Farne at £7.40 per Island. National Trust members may use their membership cards.
In the event of inclement weather preventing our boat from sailing to the Farne Islands or the National Trust closing the islands, I will offer a choice of a refund or an alternative date. Please note, we do not land on the islands during evening cruises.