Bardsey: Leaving the Island

26 September 2014 // Bardsey

Photo: Ben Porter Words: Jon Gower One of the most poignant memorials on Enlli is a small promontory called Trwyn y Fynwent, or Graveyard Point, commemorating the place where a Trinity House supply boat was dashed and smashed against the rocks in November 1822, not long after the building of the lighthouse. Half a dozen […]

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Bardsey: An Island Realm

21 August 2014 // Bardsey

Photo: Ben Porter Words: Jon Gower What seems, nowadays to be fiefdom of the wind, an island in its blustery thrall, used to be its own kingdom with its own ruler. Enlli was once owned by Lord Newborough and he and his wife Maria Stella would graciously visit and distribute ribbons for islanders to wear […]

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Bardsey: Island Days

23 June 2014 // Bardsey

Photo: Ben Porter By Jon Gower: Dawn comes as a sliver of light, illuminating the horizon line, which switches from charcoal to quicksilver in a few minutes. The island slowly offers up the colours of its tapestry – sulphur threads of gorse, the crinkled rust of old bracken and pewter grey of ancient rock. The […]

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Bardsey: A Mastery of Flight

3 June 2014 // Bardsey

Photo: Ben Porter Words: Jon Gower Ynys Enlli, Bardsey Island, off the northwestern arm of north Wales, is home to a substantial population of Manx shearwaters, members of the petrel family, which look for all the world like little albatrosses. Specifically they’re tubenoses, which refer to the tube like structures that cover the nostrils. These […]

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Bardsey: The Attraction

6 May 2014 // Bardsey

Photo: Ben Porter Words: Jon Gower Many species migrate at night, using elements of the night sky to navigate, literally the stars to guide them by. The light of the moon, too, can illuminate the land underneath these peregrinators. Gargantuan numbers of waders, warblers and thrushes fly purposefully through the dark along with a range […]

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