Autumn Volunteer Weekend on Flat Holm – Spaces Available

Flat Holm Island, sunset and sustainable development

Sunset over Flat Holm

We still have a couple of places available on this weekend’s volunteering trip to Flat Holm Island (departing 07:15 10th October and returning 21:15 12th October).

The main purpose of this trip is to is to carry out general island maintenance and various surveys including:  painting, vegetation clearance, DIY jobs, butterfly survey, vegetation survey, beach clean, bird walk and autumn migration bird ringing.

Free for Flat Holm Society Members. £10 for non members.  Email if you would like to come along.

Environment Wales Grant Application Submitted

Black Cap Bird

Black Cap ringed on Flat Holm

We have submitted this year’s grant application to Environment Wales today. A big thank you to everyone who has helped with this and sent in letters of support.

This year we are asking for funding to continue to enable us to assist in the long-running bird monitoring and ringing project. Flat Holm serves as a nesting ground for approximately 4000 pairs of Lesser Black Backed gulls. The grant will enable the society to continue to conduct gull ringing and population counts on the island. This year we are also proposing that during island visits, society member volunteers will also undertake general bird ringing and monitor other birds, butterfly, moth and bat species present on the Island. It is also proposed that the society will undertake regular vegetation surveys. It is hoped that we will be able to provide training to volunteers in survey and identification techniques for bird, butterfly, moth and bats.

Lesser Black Backed Gull

Lesser Black Backed Gull on Flat Holm

Finally, we are proposing to provide education in the importance of proper waste disposal and recycling through beach cleans and surveys. Surveys will show what waste is washing up on the beaches and information will be shared with the Marine Conservation Society. All items collected during beach clean activities will be recycled / disposed of in the appropriate way on the mainland.

If you would like to get involved in any of the volunteer work we are hoping to carry out this year then please email . We can offer a variety of different volunteering options on Flat Holm Island ranging from one day, overnight to longer periods of 1 – 2 weeks. This year we also hope to be able to offer some mainland based volunteering activities too!

Councillors vote on future of Flat Holm Island

Cardiff Councillors met on the 28th February 2013 to decide upon, amongst other things, how to approach the transition of the day to day running of Flat Holm Island to a new custodian organisation.  The island had been proposed for “disposal”, but will now be kept in council ownership in 2013-14, with opportunities for “alternative options” explored during the year.

The announcement, made in Council Chamber by the Councilor for Finance, Business and Local Economy, Russell Goodway, stated the following:

“A provision will be made to allow the Island to remain open to visitors during the coming summer.  In the meanwhile the Council will explore the creation of a partnership with another organisation which will take on the operation of the Island.  After the summer, and until the new arrangement is in place, it will not be possible to accommodate visitors to the island, but the facilities will continue to be maintained.”

The Flat Holm society has been working hard behind the scenes talking to the council and other organisations about the future of Flat Holm Island. We have submitted an expression of interest to the Council indicating that we want to start the process of forming a trust to run the Flat Holm.  We are also in discussions with a number of organisations who have expressed an interest in getting involved.

Support from the public has been amazing with 3,500 plus on the online petition.

Please watch this space for more information on our campagin progress and if you can make it please come to our AGM on the 6th March in the Norwegian Church.




Barry on the BBC

Interesting programme about Barry on BBC Iplayer until the 5/2/13.

Eddie Butler tells the story of Barry and its island, once the biggest coal port in the world and a day trippers’ paradise. But there’s more to Barry’s history than coal wagons and chip shops. Eddie discovers the story of the sixth-century saint who gave the town its name, finds a Tudor mural and hears about the American soldiers who camped there in the lead up to D-Day. He also learns how the series Gavin and Stacey has given Barry a new lease of life.

Barry Town Council Award Flat Holm Society Grant for Tools

We are pleased to announce that Barry Town Council have awarded the Society a grant for the purchase and maintenance of the island’s tool stock.

Work to maintain the island’s status as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and to conserve the historical features of the island, requires many different tools, including wheelbarrows, hammers, drills, heavy duty strimmers, and mattocks.

The grant will go a long way towards maintaining the existing tool stock and the replacement of old tools that are past their best. These tools will be used by both the Society and project volunteers to carry out valuable conservation management and work to maintain and preserve the historical buildings on the island.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Barry Town Council for their support of the work of the society.