We need your help!

Cardiff Harbour Authority, the RSPB and the Flat Holm Society are working together on a major project, which will help us protect the heritage and wildlife of the island for future generations, and bring its amazing stories to life for visitors, as well as people on both sides of the Bristol Channel. The National Lottery Heritage Fund has awarded an initial grant to help with planning.

We want to know what you think it’s important to include in our plans for the “Flat Holm – A Walk Through Time” project; from activities and events on the island to ways of finding out more and sharing your own stories. Please help us secure the full grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund by completing this brief questionnaire.

Aerial image of Flat Holm
Flat Holm – A Walk Through Time

Lake name recognises pioneering naturalist

A lake on Macquerie Island in Antarctica has been named after Dr Mary Gillham.

Mary was a pioneering naturalist and prolific wildlife author, who took an active interest in the environment for over 80 years. Mary had a long history of involvement with Flat Holm which stemmed from her life-long fascination with island habitats, their conservation and how they changed over time.

You can read more about Mary’s expedition to Macquerie Island and her life’s work of documenting well over 100,000 wildlife records spanning 70 years, on the Mary Gillham Archive website.

Society Member Wins National Award.

Society member, Lara Davies, has won 2nd place in the National CSAD Ceramics Excellence Award.

Now in it’s third year, the award recognises excellence in work from students at schools and colleges around the UK.  It is a celebration of emerging talent and the potential of ceramics in encouraging significant material understanding both within arts practice and in prompting wider appreciation of our material world. From the physics of modelling sculpturally to the alchemy of technical glaze application – the breadth of ceramics as a discipline is expansive and constantly evolving.

Lara’s vase incorporates the features and people that are Flat Holm Island and combines a range of complex techniques including sculpting, etching and glazing. 

Well done Lara!

Lara with her award winning vase.

Flat Holm – A Walk Through Time

Arial shot of Flat Holm Island
Flat Holm Island – Have your say!

The Flat Holm project want’s your views! Whether you have visited Flat Holm or not the Flat Holm project would love to hear your views about their plans for the island.

Find out all about “Flat Holm – A Walk Through Time” the National Lottery Heritage Fund – Cymru project with RSPB Cymru and the Flat Holm Society, on BBC Radio Wles’ Country Focus programme.

Presenter Rachael Garside heads over to to Flat Holm to find out about the upcoming renovation and environmental works and how the visitor experience will be improved. Listen online at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0004fqw.

Then complete the online survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FlatHolm.

National company ensures annual gull Survey goes ahead

Cardiff based Admiral Group plc has ensured that the 2019 gull count can go ahead with a generous donation of £340.


Flat Holm is an important breeding colony for lesser black-backed, herring and great black-backed gulls. The gull survey has been running on Flat Holm since the 1950’s and provides valuable population data on amber listed species that have been in decline for some time.

The survey involves a team of volunteers undertaking the survey and the money will fund the boats required to take the volunteers to Flat Holm.

We are incredibly grateful to Admiral for their donation as grant funding for this important monitoring study has all but dried up over more recent times. The money will ensure that the ongoing monitoring of this important species can continue for the 2019 season.

If you are interested in finding out more about how to get involved with the gull survey and other volunteering on Flat Holm island please drop us an email! flatholm.society@gmail.com

August 2018 Working Day

Society members worked their socks off during a working day on Flat Holm recently and completed a long list of jobs!

From stripping and painting a door in the barracks to replacing a damaged hand rail, weeding the water catchment area to mowing and weeding around the keeper’s cottage and fog horn station. A great day was had with superb weather to boot!

Barracks Door

Newly painted barracks door

Fog Horn Keepers Cottage

Fog Horn Keepers Cottage

Newly replaced handrail

Newly replaced handrail

Weeded water catchment

Weeded Water Catchment

Would you like to sp end some time volunteering on Flat Holm island?  Find out how you can become a member of the society and take part in volunteering activities on the island here!

 

 

 

2014 Logo Competition Winner

Logo Competition WinnerWe are pleased to announce the winner of our 2014 logo competition is Gwyn Hopkins.

“Flat Holm Island is known for its glorious and spectacular sunset. This gave me the inspiration for the logo. It is also a bird sanctuary. hence the birds in the distance returning home to the island.” Gwyn Hopkins

He wins a free day trip to the island and a year’s membership of the society.

Congratulations Gwyn!

Gwent Glamorgan Recorders Newsletter

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Richard Facey, Flat Holm Ringing Group, Ringing a House Martin on one of the summer trips to Flat Holm.

The Flat Holm Sociey feature in the latest edition of the Gwent Glamorgan Recorders Newsletter. 

The article gives a comprehensive update on the summer trips over to Flat Holm.

Also featured in the newsletter is a very interesting article about the work that the South East Wales Biodiversity Records are doing in collecting data from Mary Gillham’s diaries.