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.
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, 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
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.
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.
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! firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
Newly painted barracks door
Fog Horn Keepers Cottage
Newly replaced handrail
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!
We 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.