FLAT HOLM ISLAND
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Flat Holm Island is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Geological Conservation Review Site and Local Nature Reserve. Education, conservation and buildings management go hand in hand. Home to one of the largest Lesser Black Backed Gull colonies in Wales and home to the rare Wild Leek.
Flat Holm is an island just 5 miles from the coast of South Wales. The project runs the Island as a nature reserve and between March and October runs trips for the public. The island is rich in wildlife and steeped in history and is accessed by boat.
Flat Holm has a unique island character, with a sense of wilderness, remoteness and isolation with extensive views from and across the Island to the coasts of England and Wales. Less than ½ a mile wide, the tiny Island is an intriguing hidden jewel in the Bristol Channel. Flat Holm is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and Local Nature Reserve. The Flat Holm Project conserves the Island's natural and cultural features, from maritime grassland to Victorian barracks, from seabird colonies to wartime bunkers.
Just five miles from Cardiff and Barry, the Island of Flat Holm or Ynys Echni, is a different world with a wealth of history and wildlife. You will be amazed at how much there is to discover, learn and enjoy.
Costs & Benefits
Up to one year Minimum 2 weeks preferably commitment of 6 months to 1 year. Species monitoring, habitat management, buildings maintenance, livestock husbandry, env education, guided tours. The Flat Holm Team manages the Island as a Local Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest. The Project conserves the Island's natural and cultural features, from maritime grassland to Victorian barracks, from seabird colonies to wartime bunkers. There is a field study centre on the Island, which can accommodate residential groups. The Project also runs summer day trips for visitors.
The Team consists of 2 office based staff and 1 island based Warden. The Team is supported by up to six volunteers at any time. A commitment of six months is ideal and experience is not necessary If you are interested in a shorter placement, you should still contact the mainland office. If you are interested in volunteering with us please read the information below and then send your CV and a Covering letter to:firstname.lastname@example.org
What do volunteers do? As a volunteer you will be involved in all aspects of the day-to-day running of the Island, including: recording and monitoring wildlife, practical habitat management, leading guided tours for visitors, maintaining listed buildings, stock care and control, leading volunteer work parties.
£10 per day food and accommodation for short stay (2 weeks). Free for long term volunteers of 6 months. House with Bunkbeds. May need to share. Sleeping bags required.
What do volunteers get?
Although we cannot pay volunteers we offer: free board and basic shared accommodation, help with travel expenses, external training (First Aid, Lantra Brushcutter and Trimmer), on the job training (machinery, dry stone walling, tour guiding, and education), invaluable experience in a wide range of tasks, with an excellent success rate of volunteers gaining paid employment.
No specific qualifications. Keen interest in conservation, education and a general level of practical ability.
Flat Holm Project
Cardiff Harbour Authority
Queen Alexandra House
Tel: 029 2087 7904 - 029 20 877912
Average cost per day:£10
Skills needed: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old