Friday, 1 February 2013

Flat Holm Needs Your Help

Cardiff Council who own Flat Holm Island propose to "Cease operation of Flat Holm Island and consider options for it's disposal".  This comes under a budget proposal to save £150,000 a year.

Please help us save Flat Holm Island and show your support by signing the petition HERE.

Text taken from the Flat Holm Facebook page:

Flat Holm Island is a valuable community and educational resource to the People of Cardiff. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Local Nature Reserve and a Special Protection Area, because of the maritime grassland and rare plants such as Rock Sea-Lavender, Wild Leek and Wild Peony. During Spring and Summer the island is also home to a significant breeding colony of Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Historical features on the island include the remains of a cholera hospital and Victorian and WWII gun batteries.

While this will save the Council £150k per year the area will lose:

An important educational resource to the local schools and community groups.
Access to important historical features
Risk losing important habitat for flora and fauna through lack of habitat management
A flock of Soay, Welsh Black and Badger Face sheep will have to be re-homed or face being destroyed
The island will fall into dis-repair
The local economy will lose out on income generated through tourism and visitors to the island

The council are proposing to cease operation of Flat Holm Island at a time when they planning to increase the spending on Senior Management at the council by £1.1 Million!

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