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Small groups with tuition throughout the day

The north-east of England is arguably the UK's best location for seabird photography and nothing epitomizes that more than the Farne Islands off the Northumberland Coast. Our photography course on the Farne Islands will take place at the height of the breeding season. You will have the opportunity to photograph up to 23 different species of seabirds including guillemots, razorbills, shag, kittiwakes, eider ducks, 4 species of tern and an unbelievable 70,000 puffins. Whether you're a photographer, an ornithologist or just love wildlife and the outdoors this is a fantastic day of learning and capturing great images of the many birds that inhabit these islands. 

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About the day

  1. Meeting at the Billy Sheils kiosk at Seahouses Harbour at  8.45am, we'll have a short review of the best settings to use to get the most out of the day, plus you'll receive tuition and individual guidance throughout the day on good composition with in-camera reviews to help you take stunning portrait and action shots.

  2. The day will begin on the boat out to Longstone Island at 9.30am and around some of the other islands where you will be informed by the skipper about the birds and the history. We will then be dropped off at Staple Island for 2 hours.

  3. Our next destination will be the Inner Farne Island where we'll stay for approx. 3 hrs and at 16 acres, the largest of the Farne Islands. In the Summer months it becomes home to many thousands of nesting seabirds. The Puffins and Arctic Terns in particular offer the opportunity for fantastic flying shots. We will then return to Seahouses Harbour for around 5pm.

  4. Please note that National Trust landing fees apply on both Islands, which are currently £26 total, this is not included in the price of the course. This payment does not apply to National Trust Members. The course fee covers tuition and the cost of the boat fare.

  5. This year the National Trust has decided to close one of the two jetties at Staple Island.  Staple is already a difficult Island to land at so this further reduces our chances of landing if the weather is not favourable.  If we are unable to land at Staple we will offer you 4 hours on Inner Farne in the afternoon (when it opens).