Flat Holm has been farmed for hundreds of years. We are continuing that tradition for several reason. Grazing is an essential part of our habitat management program. Our sheep keep our grassland mown, cropping the larger plants allows sunlight to reach some of our more delicate species such as Bluebell and Biting Stonecrop. This year we have introduced a Welsh Black Mountain Ram onto the island. We hope to begin lambing in April.
There are 62 sheep on Flat Holm, they ar split between the managed and unmanaged side of the island. Within the managed area to the north of the island we have 26 Black Welsh Mountain (including Leonard the ram) and 7 Badger Face. On the unmanaged side we have the much smaller and wilder Soay.
We also keep chickens and ducks on the island. The chickens are mainly Black Rock’s and Isa browns. We’d like to claim them as the most free range chickens in Wales, they have about a hectare each.
Eggs are available for purchase on the island, you won’t taste better!
A couple of young cockrels came onto the island recently and we’re already proud to announce two new arrivals, Bruschetta and Tiny Tim!
hopefully we’ll be getting some Tamworth pigletts in the new year!