A diary with a difference…..

Smallholding

Soay on Flat Holm

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.

Black Welsh Mountain

Badger Face

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!

Bruschetta

Tiny Tim

hopefully we’ll be getting some Tamworth pigletts in the new year!

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6 responses

  1. Clare

    “Eggs are available for purchase on the island, you won’t taste better!”

    It’s true everybody! Flat Holm eggs are utterly delicious.

    (Love this blog by the way).

    December 28, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    • Thank you Clare, they are utterly delicious and extremely free range!

      Sam

      December 29, 2010 at 11:27 am

  2. Abby Townsend

    Do you still have your Tamworth pigs on the island? Or have they all grown up now?

    November 12, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    • Hi Abby,

      The pigs were sold i’m afraid, can i say that they were delicious? They were brought on to the Island as a trial, not just for food production, but for bracken control too. They were put on a small patch of land in one of our paddocks, and did a great job of clearing the Bracken. Since being allowed to grow fallow, the test patch has shown great signs of recovery, lots of great grassland species.

      We are currently looking into future pig production options, please join our Facebook page for updates! https://www.facebook.com/flatholm?fref=ts

      January 26, 2013 at 7:44 pm

  3. Jo Phillips

    Hello Sam
    i was reading Coast magazine and saw a picture of you! was very surprised to see your face and i had not seen you since Macc College and the days of going to the Ritz !

    hope you are well. we still see everyone from the college round table – Sue Scale, Mark Dudley, Simon Strutt, Stephen Phillips ( married him !!! ) Barry Mottershead and Chris Nixon – and lots of others ! All the Best
    Jo Buxton ( Phillips )

    January 3, 2013 at 2:37 pm

  4. Hi Jo! What a surprise! How are you?.. Miss the Ritz, and those Macc college days were so much (well behaved) fun! I’ve been in Cardiff for 20 years now, on the Island for 3. Good to hear from you, please say hello to everyone for me, particularly Mark actually as he introduced me to so much good music (i’m sure there a people out there who would disagree). Is Simon sill into Depeche Mode?!

    Best wishes

    Sam

    January 26, 2013 at 12:41 pm

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