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Flat Holm Island pics

Flat Holm Island is one of the two Holm islands in the Bristol Channel, UK.

Flat Holm and Steep Holm islands lie in a rough line between Cardiff and Weston Super Mare. Flat Holm Island has a place in history by being the first place in the world to receive radio signals transmitted across water. Marconi set up a transmitting station on Lavernock Point some 5 miles from the island and on May 13,1897 the historic message was sent and received. To commemorate the transmission a bronze plaque was unveiled in 1948 by the Cardiff Rotary Club on the front boundary wall of the church of St.Lawrence at Lavernock Point.

Like Steepholm, Flatholm was heavily fortified in the past and the visitor can see the remains of both 19th century and world war two gun batteries and searchlight set ups. There are also the remains of a cholera hospital which was opened to receive cases of infection amongst crews in ships heading for the Bristol Channel Ports.

view of flat holm island

General view of Flat Holm island taken from Lavernock. Buildings visible from left to right on the skyline of the island are the foghorn station, the ruined cholera hospital, and the lighthouse. The farmhouse (visitor centre) is the white building visible lower down in the centre of the island.

In summer 2011 the island's own pub, the Gull and Leek opened to become the most southerly pub in Wales.

 

 

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Cardiff from Flatholm Island
Cardiff from Flatholm Island
Flatholm Island
Flatholm Island
Flatholm Island
Flatholm Island
Cholera Hospital
Cholera Hospital

Flat Holm is not as large as its neighbour Steep Holm but is an easy day out from Cardiff. There is a visitor centre which sells snacks and hot drinks and also offers overnight accomodation for those seeking solitude if not peace and quiet.

The island is home to many thousands of gulls so it can be incredibly noisy especially during the breeding season.

As there are no predators on the island, the gulls nest on the ground and the vistor must take care to avoid stepping on eggs and chicks. A hat is also advisable to protect the head from dive bombing attacks and a constant rain of seagull poo!

In 2007, the island was used as a location for the popular BBC programme 'Torchwood'.

Cholera Hospital
Cholera Hospital

Cholera Hospital
Cholera Hospital
Lighthouse
Lighthouse
Lighthouse
Lighthouse
Visitor Centre
Visitor Centre
Foghorn
Foghorn
Nesting Seagull
Nesting Seagull
Seagull Chick
Seagull Chick
The Birds
The Birds
Slow worm
Slow worm

View of hospital and lighthouse
View of hospital and lighthouse

WW2 Barrack
WW2 Barrack

 

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