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

New lease of life for Flat Holm as HLF funding is announced

A project which seeks to re-engage Cardiff with Flat Holm has secured phase 1 grant funding towards the proposed £1.3m development of the Island.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £152,200 of development phase funding to Flat Holm; A Walk Through Time – a joint project between Cardiff Council, RSPB Cymru and the Flat Holm Society that seeks to breathe new life into the Bristol Channel island to preserve its heritage, protect its rich wildlife and attract more visitors to the site.

Flat Holm is steeped in history and the earliest known visitor to the island was St Cadoc in the 6th Century. During the 18th century, the island’s location made it an ideal base for smuggling. It is probably most famous though for being the site of Marconi’s first wireless signal transmission over open sea in May 1897.

The project includes extensive renovation of the Grade II-listed Fog Horn Station, stabilisation of the Grade II-listed cholera hospital and laundry buildings, as well as repair works to the Victorian water catchment system on the Island.  Environmental development is planned to improve habitats for Lesser Black-Backed Gulls and maritime flora and there will also be on-site interpretation to take visitors on a journey through the history of the island.

In addition to the Island works, the project also includes plans for a large-scale public engagement venture on the mainland to promote Flat Holm. The proposed events, outdoor photographic exhibition, links with local attractions and  large scale sculpture on Cardiff Bay Barrage  will  bring the sounds and stories of the Island through time to Cardiff residents and visitors.

The project will also provide opportunities for more school groups, communities and tourists to engage with or visit the island alongside increased volunteer engagement offering more opportunities to experience living and working on this gem of an Island.

The £152,200 award is the first of two phases of funding to develop and deliver the £1.3m project, with the potential of around £800,000 of HLF funding in total if successful at round two.

Running parallel to the project will be the reinstatement of the jetty, a vital structure for servicing and bringing visitors to the island, thanks to a £385,000 grant from the Landfill Communities Fund. Repair of the jetty is vital to renewing the access arrangements to the island following deterioration and damage from weather and tidal conditions over many years and will serve to support the planned HLF project.

Bridget Box, Secretary, Flat Holm Society, said: “This is marvellous news! Our thanks go to everyone who worked so hard to secure this essential funding. The immediate future of the island with its unique history and habitats is secure and the Flat Holm Society looks forward to working with our Partners at the Council and the RSPB to continue important conservation and maintenance work, as well as making the island a first-class visitor attraction.”

Arial shot of Flat Holm Island

Flat Holm is probably most famous though for being the site of Marconi’s first wireless signal transmission over open sea in May 1897.

Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture, Cllr Peter Bradbury said: “This is fantastic news for the Council and our partners in the conservation and development of Flat Holm.

“Flat Holm is a unique attraction and one of our city’s hidden treasures so I’m delighted that we have been successful in gaining the development phase funding that will enable us to take the first step in breathing new life into the island to attract both local people and visitors to the Welsh capital.

“We’re very grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund, and of course, all those who play the National Lottery, for this funding which will help us to renovate key island buildings and improve the natural habitats for wildlife on the island while giving people the opportunity to find out more about the fascinating history of the place.”

If you would like to get involved with the work of the Flat Holm Society and have opportunities to volunteer on the island, then why not join us and become a Flat Holm Society member!

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.

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 flatholm.society@gmail.com if you would like to come along.