Friday, 11 August 2017


Wildlife Recording on Flat Holm: Weekend Trip




Overnight Trip: Friday 11th August (evening boat crossing from Cardiff Bay, time TBC) to Sunday 13th August (morning boat crossing, time TBC)

Day Trip: Saturday 12th August (morning and evening boat crossing times to/from Cardiff Bay TBC)

SEWBReC are thrilled to announce a unique opportunity to stay and record on Flat Holm Island, situated in the Bristol Channel off Cardiff. We will be running a two night recording trip from the evening of 11th to the morning of 13th August 2017, with a day trip available on the 12th August. Both options will offer plenty of time to explore the island and record your own groups of interest as well as to enjoy the sea views and the feeling of being on a remote island without leaving sight of Cardiff. You can even pay a visit to the most southerly pub in Wales! Overnighters will get the chance to help run a moth trap and check for the presence of bats.

As well as its interesting history (find out more here), Flat Holm is known for Welsh leeks, gulls, bunnies and slow worms. The island is a Local Nature Reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest, designated for its maritime plant communities and rare plant species, as well as for the large number of gulls which breed there every year. There is rocky sea shore to explore as well as maritime and semi-improved grasslands and areas of tall ruderal herbs, bracken and scrub (but no full size trees!). The farmhouse has a native flower garden which on a sunny day is usually audibly buzzing with insects. There are several other buildings on the island, including a light house, fog horn, and of course the Gull and Leek pub. There are also ruined buildings and disused military structures (not all accessible) which provide potential habitat for all sorts of wildlife from bats to cave spiders. The majority of the records held by SEWBReC for Flat Holm are over 10 years old. Can you help us to get an up to date picture of the wildlife of this wonderful island?

Important information
This event is weather dependant. Back-up trips are planned for the weekend of 1st - 3rd September if the original date is cancelled due to bad weather.

Booking is essential as spaces on boats are limited.

Overnight accommodation on the island will be in dormitories in the farm house, or camping can be arranged in advance.

Travel to the island will be by fast rib which is not suitable for pregnant ladies, people under 1.1m tall or people with some health conditions. From the landing place the island is only accessible via several steps.

If you have any questions about whether the trip is suitable for you don't hesitate to get in touch on 029 2064 1110 or email

We would be grateful for voluntary contributions towards the cost of travel to the island of £10 per person.