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Farne Islands Tern, Lighthouse

Farne Islands Summer Seabirds
1 day photography / videography workshop

Please note: this workshop format is dependent on the National Trust re-opening both Staple Island and Inner Farne for full day visits during 2023.

Also available for private group bookings or
1-2-1 tuition day with Trai on request from
mid May to mid July

In summer there is nowhere like the Farnes to photograph breeding seabirds.

Sir David Attenborough cited it as his favourite British wildlife location, and no wonder - the summer skies, seas and cliffs are a kaleidoscope of puffin, razorbill, guillemot, cormorant, shag and eider, plus sandwich, common, arctic and roseate terns.

Farne Islands Puffin
Farne Islands Seal

We'll have terrific opportunities for flight shots, and we'll often get close enough to almost touch the cliff dwellers and their chicks.  
Plus there's always a chance of gannet, seal, minke whale, porpoise or dolphin on the journey out and back!
And on this workshop you'll have the option to try your hand at DSLR videography with BBC natural history presenter and film maker Trai Anfield too!

  • Beginner friendly - come and learn new techniques!

  • In flight and nesting opportunities with a terrific range of seabirds

  • Unique opportunities for more experienced photographers

  • Option to try wildlife DSLR videography 

Workshop Itinerary


08.45  Meet at Seahouses Harbour, outside Billy Shields ticket office.  

PLEASE NOTE: for non-members of National Trust £26.00 landing fees (£13.00 x 2 islands) are payable prior to departure at the office.

Pre-departure safety & photography briefing



09.15  Outward transfer

Boat journey to and around the outer Farne Islands. Occasional opportunities to photograph seals, dolphins, whales, gannets and other seabirds plus coastal landscapes from the boat.



10.30 to 13.00 Staple Island

Group briefing plus one to one photography and videography tuition as required. Opportunities to photograph puffins, guillemots, razorbills and other nesting and in flight seabirds.



13.00 to 13.30  Island transfer

Brief boat transfer between Staple Island and Inner Farne island.



13.30 to 16.30 Inner Farne

Photograph puffins, shag, kittiwakes, terns, and other nesting and in flight seabirds. One to one photography and videography tuition as required.



16.30 to 17.00 Inbound boat transfer

Brief journey back to Seahouses

Farne Islands young Arctic Tern
Farne Islands shag feeding young

Workshop Notes:


Car parking is available at approx cost of £6 per day at the top of the harbour.  


Please bring a packed lunch: No food or drink is available for sale after departure. 


Toilets are only available on the boat and on Inner Farne, which is our afternoon venue.  They are not available on Staple Island in the morning.


In the event that your workshop has to be cancelled due to adverse weather conditions, and we cannot land on the islands, a full refund is given to all customers.

Farne Islands seal pup
Farne Islands guillemot
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Farne Islands guillemot
Farne Islands puffin with sand eels

Dates and Rates  

Not Currently Available

Includes: all boat transfers, photographic tuition
Excludes: National Trust Island Landing Fees (free for NT members)

Also available for private group bookings or a 1-2-1 tuition day with Trai on request from May to July




or CONTACT TRAI for private group and 1-2-1 options


Please note: this workshop format is dependent on the National Trust re-opening both Staple Island and Inner Farne for full day visits during 2022.  Until confirmation of this is received we are only taking expressions of interest, no payment.

Please email us to register your interest for this workshop

Combine Farne Islands Seabirds With Any Other Workshop For Discounts!

Email Us To Book This Workshop In Combination With Any Other and receive 10% discount on each one!
Recommended combinations:

Diving Gannets of Bass Rock

Or combine Farne Islands Summer Seabirds with glorious Northumberland coastal landscapes!  

Contact Us For Details

Northumberland coastal landscape workshop Trai Anfield
Northumberland coastal landscape workshop Trai Anfield
farnes Gannets combo.jpg


A personal note from Trai

"The safety of my guests has always been uppermost in my mind, and I have given much thought to appropriate social distancing measures for my workshops.  Though these will be mandatory for the foreseeable future, you can still be assured of a wonderfully intimate experience with the wildlife we encounter.

Thank you in advance for your adherence to the measures below, and for keeping us all safe while we continue to explore new places and enjoy our photography!"


Please note that your booking constitutes acceptance of the need to prioritise safety for yourself and all others associated with the workshop at all times.  This means you agree to adhere strictly to the government's current Covid19 advice throughout, which includes the wearing of masks when necessary.  Anyone not complying with safety measures will be asked to leave the workshop.  No refund will be offered in this circumstance.

Please do not attend the workshop if you or your family are showing any symptoms of Covid 19.  

We cannot accept responsibility for any subsequent infection.


Informal Track and Trace BackUp

As an extra measure we ask if you have a positive Covid-19 test result within 14 days of your workshop or safari, please let us know immediately, so that we can inform the other members of the group, asking them to self-isolate. 

Other than that it will be business as usual with the most wonderful and creative photographic opportunities!


Trai Anfield social distancing workshop
Trai Anfield social distancing workshop


"At this time of social distancing, and the wearing of face masks when at a distance of 1 metre or less, it is necessary to continue with as many pastimes as we can.

Having experienced one of your Photographic Workshops I believe my safety and the safety of the whole group was well managed and at no time did I consider myself at risk. 


I consider the workshop met all necessary controls to maintain a safe environment.  At the same time, interaction was still possible to provide the necessary coaching along with questions and answers.

Overall, the session was without doubt a valuable experience.  I learnt some very useful tips and the day gave me further confidence to tackle tricky lighting conditions in the future.  Looking forward to other workshops!"

JIM IMBER, pictured above right attending our recent Raptors workshop


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