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Seabird Spectacular: Ireland and Wales, 2018

In conjunction with Natures Images, join us amongst some of the greatest wildlife spectacles to be found around the coastlines of Britain and Ireland. Our breeding seabird colony’s combine two island locations just 40 miles apart but being accessible from Ireland and Wales respectively, this trip looks to cover as many species and settings as possible. Our Irish island hosts a fantastic Gannet colony along with multiple auk species, Kittiwakes and Choughs, all very accessible and with specially arranged early morning and late evening crossings scheduled, we will be able to work in the very best light. We’ve added an additional day here to really make the most of this opportunity. Back in Wales we will be staying on one of the UK’s premier islands for Puffins, again allowing us the opportunity to photograph in the optimum lighting conditions. Evening lighting on Skomer is amongst the best for photographing these enigmatic birds anywhere in the UK. We’ll also have the opportunity to experience the night time visit of the elusive Manx Shearwater.

Photo courtesy of Natures Images

DATES: 27th April – 3rd May 2018

COST: £1,195*
(deposit £350)

GROUP SIZE: 8
(5 remaining)

TRIP LEADERS: This photographic workshop is organised by Natures Images, co-guided by both Richard Peters and Ellie Rothnie.

BOOK NOW: via the Natures Images website.

Photo courtesy of Natures Images

ITINERARY

Day 1: We take the 4 hour ferry from Fishguard, Wales, to Rosslare, Ireland. From there we will make our way to Kilmore Quay where we will check into our B&B accommodation and enjoy an evening in a local restaurant.

Days 2/3: We leave early for Great Saltee Island by pre-arranged boat with a local fisherman, taking our food and refreshments for the day with us. We will not be returning until the evening light has gone so be prepared for a full day out with changeable weather. Packed refreshments will be available for you to order the night before. Please note that the landing on the island is a wet landing: we will transfer from our fishing boat to a smaller Zodiac and then exit this into the shallow waters. For this either bare foot, Wellingtons or waterproof sandals (best option) are the options available for you and they can be left on the shore to switch to your more conventional light walking boots. Great Saltee is one of the premier locations for photographing seabirds and we will get the chance to photograph Guillemots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes, Fulmars and an excellent Gannet colony.

Day 4: We are again scheduled for an early start for Great Saltee Island for a full mornings photography building on the previous two days but we will be departing during the afternoon to return to the B&B, collect our bags and head to Rosslare for the evening ferry.  We’ll eat on board and are due to arrive in Fishguard late in the evening, before checking in to a local hotel.

Days 5 – 7: The early mornings continue as we take the hours drive to straight to Marloes to catch the passenger boat out to our next Island, Skomer. This will be our base for the next two nights in the accommodation hostel in the centre of the island, and we’ll have the best opportunity to photograph early and late light puffins, the magnificent bluebell display on the island and a night time visit of Manx Shearwaters too.  You’ll be free to leave the island on the boat of your choice on the last day – this will be between 10.00 am and 15.00 hours so the choice is yours dependent on the weather.

What to bring:
You will need your passport for the ferry connection to Ireland and also some euros too, although you won’t need a lot as all your meals are included in the trip price. All facilities at the accommodation in Ireland will be provided but please keep in mind the length of stay on Saltee Island, the wet landing and possibility of very changeable weather. It’s almost always windy too.

On Skomer you will need to bring a duvet cover, under sheet and pillow case or sleeping bag for the hostel style accommodation. Be sure not to overpack, as you have to get all your gear on and off the island, which involves around 100 steep steps.

For additional information or to book now, please visit the Natures Images website.

COST: £1,195*
(deposit £350)

*Price includes: Ferry to Ireland, all travel (excluding local transfer in Wales), accommodation, meals, boat trips and entry fees.
*Price excludes: Travel to Fishguard, sundry items and alcohol.

Photo courtesy of Natures Images