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Puffins and Seabirds Workshops

Farne Islands, North Northumberland

Puffins and Seabirds Workshops.

Friday 25th June 2021 Saturday 26th June 2021 Cost ……£190 per person

Cancelled due to the National Trusts Intransigence

Come and photograph one of Britain’s truly great wildlife events, the breeding birds colonies on the Farne Islands, arctic terns, common terns, sandwich terns, razorbills, guillemots, eider duck, shags and of course the sea parrot or Tommy Noddy as the locals call the Atlantic puffin. Most of the birds can be seen and photographed at very close quarters.

The workshop will show you the techniques to photograph the birds in their breeding habitat, in flight in addition to the technical requirements for successful wildlife photography, exposure compensations, control of shutter speeds and aperture settings to get the best out of your trip.

The all day boat trip out to Staple Island and Inner Farne will take us past the seal colony giving opportunities to get close up images of the grey seals.

The workshop fee includes the costs for your tour around Staple Island and Inner Farne  but does not include the National Trust landing fee for Staple Island and Inner Farne, your transport to the meeting place, car parking, insurance or photographic equipment/materials.

If the weather worsens when we are on the island we may need to be taken off and return to Seahouses on safety grounds. The sole judge of this is the National Trust staff. If this occurs then no refund can be given.


Boat fees and tuition on the trip

Not Included.

Travel to and from Seahouses, car parking charges, Insurance, camera equipment, food and drink, National Trust Landing fees, on both Staple Island and Inner Farne. If you are a member of the national trust,  you can access the islands free of charge on production of your membership card.


You will need to provide your own photographic equipment; a 300mm lens is a good size for flight shots and with a converter would cover most shots. A tripod can be useful although flight shots would normally be hand held.

Zoom lens’s are great for this type of photography 100 – 400, 150 – 600mm are excellent

 Bookings only.

08.30 am meet at the harbour and discuss the day’s activities. Looking at equipment We will go through the techniques required to catch birds in flight, metering and focusing. photograph the terns, guillemots, razorbills and puffins in flight.

09:15 pm (approximately) board the boat for the trip out to Staple Island and Inner Farne, passing the seal colony and sea stacks with opportunity for photography. The photography time is 6-7 hours (approximately) on the islands to photograph arctic terns, common terns, sandwich terns, razorbills, guillemots, shags and of course the puffin. (See note below) Our time on the island is dictated by public safety and weather conditions in particular. If the weather changes or is abut to change we may need to leave the island earlier than advertise. The national trust and the boat owners are sole judges of this

Please see  our Terms and Conditions

4.15 pm (approximately Depensing on tides) arrive back at Seahouses.

It is hoped that we can spend 6 or 7 hours on the island, the time spent on the island is at the discretion of the boatman, time can be cut short due to weather conditions or the cancellation of later boats for the return trip.


The cost of the trip is £190 per day, which includes the cost of the boat trip but not the National Trust landing fee, which  must be bought on the Harbour at Seahouses before getting on the boat. National Trust members land free on production of a membership card.

Gift Vouchers are available for this trip, makes a great Christmas or birthday present

50% non-refundable deposit is required on booking. With the balance due one month before the trip. See Terms and Conditions

In the event of boat cancellation due to weather, we can reschedule the day or a refund can be issued


Thanks for a great trip Ron.

I couldn’t have wished for a better day, you made the trip so informative and fun and the pics I got were beyond my expectations

So thanks once again hope we get the chance to meet again.
Have a look at my pics, your expert opinion would be greatly appreciated 

Everton Murry………………..London


Hi Ron,
Thank you for an amazing day, got some cracking shots with some good tips. The day was just perfect, looking forward to booking another one with you (Snow hares) 🙂
Phil Rocker …………….London

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