Flatholm Nature Reserve

Flatholm Nature Reserve รีวิว, South Wales

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A brilliant experience
เม.ย. ค.ศ. 2017
วิก & ผมจองทริปไปแบนนกเงือกในวันอาทิตย์อีสเตอร์ คาร์ดิฟฟ์เราใช้ท่องทะเลจากอ่าวที่น่ากลัว อย่างแท้จริงพร้อมชุดเครื่องแต่งกายมืออาชีพที่ดี (ว่าซี่โครงเร็วมาก ๆ! ) สถานที่ดีอะไรอย่าง ประวัติศาสตร์ที่น่าสนใจ และสถานที่ที่สวยงาม สัตว์ป่าที่อยู่ในความอุดมสมบูรณ์ด้วยเพื่อช่วยเหลือ และแจ้งพนักงานที่น่ารัก - ขาดความรู้ของเขาที่ใช้ร่วมกัน และประวัตินกกับเรา ผมติไม่ได้เลย แม้เรานิสัยเสียกับสภาพอากาศ! เราอยากจะกลับไปเข้าพักเกินสองสามวัน และได้รับความสงบที่จะชื่นชมจริง ๆ มันเป็นวิธีที่ดีในการใช้เวลาทั้งวันในการชมกุล และคลื่น และฉันจะขอแนะนำให้กับทุกคน แจ็ค & ถือเป็นโจนส์

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Jack J
Farnham, UK4 ผลงาน
A brilliant experience
เม.ย. ค.ศ. 2017
Vic & I booked a trip to Flat Holm on Easter Sunday, We used Cardiff Sea Safaris from the Bay which were awesome. A truly professional outfit with great kit (that RIB is so quick!!!)
What a great place, fascinating history and stunning location. Wildlife is in abundance with lovely staff to assist and inform - Stefan shared his extensive knowledge of the birds and the history with us. I couldn't fault it. We were even spoilt with the weather!
We would love to stay over a few days and really get to appreciate the tranquility.
It's a great way to spend a day watching the gulls and the waves and I would strongly recommend it to anyone.

Jack & Vicki Jones
เขียนเมื่อ 24 เมษายน ค.ศ. 2017
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john h
Aberdare, UK74 ผลงาน
Flat Holm - Not Flat!
ส.ค. ค.ศ. 2016 • เพื่อนๆ
Visited here on a glorious sunny day. The ferry boat Westward Ho (without the exclamation mark) drives up the beach like a WW11 landing craft and you disembark via the ramp at the front. Then its a walk across the pebbly beach to the path up the cliff and up to the visitors centre , there is a charge of £5 to land but this includes a guided tour, We spent around 4 hours on the island and it went far too quickly. Its a gull sanctuary they can be aggresive during the breeding season but in August all the breeding is over and the gulls are noisy but non threatening. For an Island just 500m across there is loads to see,
เขียนเมื่อ 7 สิงหาคม ค.ศ. 2016
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Vee
156 ผลงาน
Worth the visit and also good value.
ก.ค. ค.ศ. 2016 • ครอบครัว
It's not something you would do every month, but it's definitely something you should do.

Important, food, drink, sun cream, back pack, jacket and secured hat and glasses.

Parking was £5.50 just up the road from Michael Angelo's on Raglan Place, it's 24 hours, so get there early, 9.30am and there should be spaces.

We left Weston-Super-Mare at 10.45am, we had a drink in Stone cafe, right opposite where you get on. Unfortunately that did not go well, youngest vegetarian, lady who served us asked if youngest wanted cream and sprinkles, yes please, when we had drink (looked lovely) it had marshmallows, we asked them to be removed, as we had no idea there were marshmallows, as she did not say..... instead of taking a knife and removing the lot and adding more cream, the lady scooped some out, leaving three in, so youngest just had two sips before it was left and the other three were found, the lady found it funny there were still marshmallows left in and could not see a problem. This was the start of our day out.....

Fortunately when we got on the boat, Westwood Ho, and we started to sail across the channel, marshmallow gate, was all but forgotten.

Important note, take jackets, even though it's a summers day, when you leave land it gets very chilly very quickly and can also get surprisingly wet. Make sure you can zip up to under the neck, or else jacket just blows making you cold and wet. You will also need to make sure glasses and hats are secured, we seen hats get blown off and glasses fall into the sea!!

The captain was very relaxed with just 14 on board, we thought we would end up in Portishead if he carried on up the channel, so we spoke to him about 20 mins in, what an informative patient man. 12 year old stood next to the captain and you could see the experience was a happy one, and this was the positive start of the day, than you for your patience captain!

We arrived at Cardiff, barrage south landing at 12.45, so 1 hour 45 mins from Weston, after everyone got on, the boat is now full, we landed on the island at just after 2pm, so a total of 3 hours to get to Flatholm. We really enjoyed the experience, but it's not for everyone.

We arrived at Flatholm at 2pm and the boat was beached, we left at 6.30pm when the tide took the boat back out to sea.

Once you are off the boat you are on a pebbled beach, not easy to walk on. Then you have to walk up a steep hill, there is a lot of walking around, so make sure you dont have anything heavy with you. You also have the choice to go on a tour, we highly recommend this as you learn so much about the history of the island.

There is plenty of time to explore and walk round the island after the tours. I would suggest end of August as a good time to visit, due to baby gulls all flown away. One member of our group had a seagull thud on her head, but from walking up from the beach (they had walked around the island) they had managed to get into the restricted area, the signs are there for a reason, but they managed to go up from the beach where there were none. Gulls are very protective over their young and will let it be known.

I would highly recommend taking enough food to last the day and plaster in sun cream, even though we were out on a cloudy chilly day, we seen some very burnt necks and red faces on the way back.

There is a small amount of food available on the island, take your own.

It's well worth the visit, a long day and worth every penny.

There was a very young baby about six months and about 20 children under 10, it would not of been for all of mine at that age, they got on and off at Cardiff, so only 2 and a half hours total journey for them. I would assume over 10 years old from Weston, as it is a long day and you are on the boat for a total of six hours.

The visit on Flatholm is about 4 hours, take a picnic and enjoy the clear air, find a spot to relax and just enjoy.

We arrived back at Weston just before 9pm!! A very long day, but a very happy one too!!

We will visit again and would like to also visit Steepholm.

I would post pictures, but sadly trip advisor is not letting me??
เขียนเมื่อ 30 กรกฎาคม ค.ศ. 2016
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Sue M
10 ผลงาน
A fantastic day out
ก.ค. ค.ศ. 2016
A great day out starting with a boat trip from Weston-super-Mare, island staff are very friendly and very knowledgeable and interesting. So much recent history on the island as well as the birds. So something for everyone.
เขียนเมื่อ 26 กรกฎาคม ค.ศ. 2016
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callan25
73 ผลงาน
Must visit
ก.ค. ค.ศ. 2016 • คู่รัก
Flatholm Island

We have looked at FlatHolm Island for years and never travelled over there but that was put to rights on Saturday.

What a brilliant day out, so full of history and the staff were so friendly and knowledgeable. A short boat trip was very pleasant and we were welcomed on shore by the team.

Take a good pair of walking shoes as the beach is quite pebbly but the walk around the island is very manageable for all, young and old. Pushchairs on the steps from the beach to the path would be the only obstacle, but there are plenty of hands to help.

Visit the most southerly pub in Wales and see if you can find some rabbits.

It was a brilliant day out - highly recommended.
เขียนเมื่อ 25 กรกฎาคม ค.ศ. 2016
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Gordon M
สหราชอาณาจักร661 ผลงาน
Long day out
ก.ค. ค.ศ. 2016 • คู่รัก
Depending on the tides 10 am from Penarth 6 pm back 5 hours on the island all can be accomplished in 3 the other 2 relax soak up the isolation
If you don't like seagulls don't bother
Sense that visiting is milking tourists but then again where isn't
Bring own food bar cup of tea
Psittacosis hopefully not but many dead birds beautiful vista fresh air great for pebble hunting
Learn to relax !
Cost £25 trip £5 to land £2.5 booklet £1.5 tea donation
Do it but not if you have only 5 days or less in area
เขียนเมื่อ 21 กรกฎาคม ค.ศ. 2016
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maggie1966
Barry, UK1,249 ผลงาน
Beautiful island
มี.ค. ค.ศ. 2016 • คู่รัก
Was here as a gift and what a great afternoon spent on this slightly wild island.
Mad journey by rib boat to the island. Visitors limited to twice a month. The island is home to eating gannets, bunnies and Welsh black sheep plus peregrine falcons ( didn't see).
Little Shop and café where u can get a hot drink or something alcoholic.
Spent nearly three hours exploring. Picnic alfresco on the beach.
Lovely afternoon. .well worth a visit.
เขียนเมื่อ 20 มีนาคม ค.ศ. 2016
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WelshClockwork
Newport, UK52 ผลงาน
Very surprising
พ.ย. ค.ศ. 2015 • เพื่อนๆ
Visited here in August last year. What an epic little island! There are far too many seagulls flying above which is the only thing that put me off - though the weather was fantastic and there were a few cool geocaches on the island with a nice small pub too! The view was fantastic looking back towards Cardiff Bay with the perfect sun rise and sun set. I couldn't have asked for more - one of my favourite overnight stays.
เขียนเมื่อ 26 พฤศจิกายน ค.ศ. 2015
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Jeremy B
คาร์ดิฟฟ์, UK4 ผลงาน
Flat but far from boring....
ก.ค. ค.ศ. 2015 • ครอบครัว
Excellent afternoon away from it all. Started from Cardiff Bay Barrage where a nice gentleman in a Bush Hat gave us a parking token to park for free. We later discovered he was accompaning us on board the World's smallest Vehicle Ferry (space for one car if you take all the seats out!) and we set out through the Barrage Lock ("Breathe in everyone") to Flat Holm. The journey took about 30 minutes with a slight swell but no green faces to be seen amongst the 80 or so fellow travellers. We hove to just off the landing beach to wait for the wardens to jog over to meet us and then nosed in and dropped the ramp at the ferry front to step dry-shod onto the cobbled beach (not for the weak ankled). After a short climb up a gently sloped path onto the island proper, we were then led to the old Victorian Barracks where there is a meeting room, small museum, shop and the most southerly (amd smallest) bar in Wales. After a short safety brief, the man in the Bush Hat ("Clever Girl...") revealed himself as the guide for the tour of the Island. Attendance on the tour isn't obligatory but if it is your first time on the Island then it is worth tagging along. The tour takes about an hour leaving you plenty of time afterwards to explore at will - 6-11 yr olds will love exploring the four Victorian gun emplacements and trying to find the old railway lines. -
Visiting in mid/late summer is better than the spring - the gulls are not as prone to dive-bombing visitors with bird-poo as their chicks are almost as large as the adults, but some of the paths are nonetheless closed off to avoid close encounters of the guano kind.
This island is so different from any part of the City of Cardiff (to which it belongs). The constant calling of the gulls prevents me from saying it was quiet but it was nonetheless peaceful and unspoilt - well done to the wardens (and one hopes, the visitors) as there was no litter to be seen anywhere. We re-embarked on the Ferry some three hours after arriving and waited for the rising tide to lift her off the beach. I could have done with at least another hour to explore.
I understand that on certain weekends one can camp on the Island which would be an experience - anyone done this yet?
เขียนเมื่อ 7 สิงหาคม ค.ศ. 2015
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KerryDIY
คาร์ดิฟฟ์, UK16 ผลงาน
A great day!
ก.ค. ค.ศ. 2015 • ครอบครัว
First of all we were given a free car parking token. Luckily we hadn't already paid! The boat trip out was smooth and the beach landing good. There was a walk up a steepish pebbly beach before we got onto the island proper. There was a safety and protocol talk at the old barracks first. This is also where the toilets are situated. There is also a small shop selling snacks, and a pub selling a couple of different types of beer and cider. There are picnic benches and also a room where you can eat inside if you need to. You are also welcome to leave bags etc in the room while you walk around the island. When we went, there were two guides from the Flatholm Society present. Both were very knowledgable and gave guided tours. You are also welcome to wander independently. The gulls were nesting and were very loud - they also tended to dive bomb you as they were protecting their young. If it's a nice day make sure you put sun cream on - the breeze cools you down and you can burn without realising it is happening. All in all a great day out and I thoroughly recommend it. There is a landing fee of £5 per person payable to the Warden.
เขียนเมื่อ 22 กรกฎาคม ค.ศ. 2015
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