Latest news from Orford Ness

We are closed until Easter 2018 but details of events will appear here and in the What's on section. These will be updated as new events are agreed. Work however continues to keep the environment attractive to wildlife and prepare for the next open season.

Opening Times

We are open Saturdays only from 31 March - 23 July, Tuesday to Saturday until 29 September and then Saturdays only until 27 October. Full details here.

Bombs and Beasties Tours

A five minute boat ride leads to a five mile walk and talk with a ranger. Will include access to the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment area not normally open to the public. Bookings are now being taken for 2018. See What's on page for dates and further details.

Photographic Tours

The first of these is scheduled for Saturday 21 April. Spend a whole day with experienced rangers with extensive photograhy knowledge and work up close to the famous Pagodas from the Cold War era. See What's on page for full details.

Policy for drones on Orford Ness

Please note that the use of drones is not permitted on the Ness. See here for full details.

Winter is here

This is the time when much of the maintenance of the trails, the buildings and the land is done. The ferry will be out of the water for its annual overhaul. Also, because the Ness is much quieter during this period we will see large flocks of winter visitors such as lapwings, golden plovers, wigeon, teal, etc.

Where do the sheep go in the winter?

Orford Ness is quite a hostile place in the winter. Although some of the rare breeds of sheep are very hardy, they all take a holiday at more agreeable locations such as Sutton Hoo and Dunwich Heath.

Conservation in Action - Bird Ringing and Moth Mornings

No more displays this year but the work continues through the closed season and the experts will be on hand again in 2018 to give more demonstrations of their work.

Walking routes

For details of routes see Walking the trails on Orford Ness..