Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Vacancy - Volunteer Steep Holm Bookings Secretary

The Role

Our Volunteer Bookings Secretary is retiring in September. The Trustees would love to hear from anyone who feels they could have a few hours a week to become our new Bookings Secretary. 

If you have a passion for the outdoors, enjoy talking to people, and can use a telephone and computer please contact us for an informal chat about the role.  
The Trust will install a dedicated telephone line for you to make and receive calls about bookings. 

Many customers make enquiries and send booking forms by email so you will need to be happy using a computer.  

The Bookings Secretary also works with our sailing contractor to plan the trips for the year, and manages a bookings diary to make sure trips have enough volunteers to help on the island and crew the boats. 

This is a unique volunteer role that will suit someone who has some time to talk to people with questions about the island. You will need to be methodical and organised.  Whilst not essential to visit the island, you will be welcome to join us on trips to help visitors get the most out of their day.

We will provide training and will be on hand to help with any aspects of the job.  
The Trust is a registered charity and relies on the generosity of volunteers that give their time to manage the island.  Please contact us if you feel you can help us with the role.

For more information, or an informal chat please call our bookings line on 01934 522125 or email us at: volunteer@steepholm.org.uk

Thursday, June 27, 2013

We recently received this very nice email from one of our visitors:

We had an absolutely fantastic day out and we are recommending a trip to Steep Holm to everyone in our conversations about what we did during the half term holiday!

From the exhilarating ride on the boat to the wade through the waves to get to the island as the tide had come in to the seagulls pecking our heads, the 1000s of nests, birds and fledglings, the remains of past military fortifications, to the excellent facilities on the island and last but no means least the pleasant manner and helpfulness of the people from the Trust who accompanied us on the boats etc. and to yourself for the efficient and friendly way in which you deal with the bookings.

It is a day we shall remember for a very long time. We are so pleased that after our aborted trip last year that we re booked this year!!

It was an island we had seen for so many years on visits to Weston and now we have finally visited it and view it in a different way now from the sands of Weston.

Our very best wishes to you and the Trust members for the future.

So, if you want a really good day out and haven't already booked a trip please head over to our website....


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Richard Mabey speaks at the first Kenneth Allsop Memorial Talk

Britain’s foremost nature writer, Richard Mabey, travelled to Dorset this November to give the very first Kenneth Allsop Memorial Talk, organised by Little Toller for the Bridport Literary Festival.

To view the video please paste this URL into your browser:  http://vimeo.com/53737548 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Steep Holm trip - 5th July 2012

Here are a selection of photos taken on the last trip to Steep Holm.  This was the 3rd trip this year with 10 trips now cancelled due to the adverse weather conditions.

Hopefully, the weather will improve and the remaining trips will go ahead as planned.  While the island has been left in peace the peregrines have been busy with some 80+ gull carcasses found.  During the day of this visit, a peregrine could be seen circling the sky, its chick nestled safely on a small ledge.
Approaching the island on the Cardiff Sea Safaris RIB.

A good example of Honeycomb worms (Sabellaria alveolata)
One of the island's many Lackey moth caterpillars

The wonderful Henbane flowers grace the island at this time of year.

Steep Holm's resident seal says 'Hello'.....

...before heading out to sea....
                Many thanks to Tabetha Newman and Emma Smith for the great photos.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Steep Holm Stamps

We are issuing a new set of island stamps on Monday 9th April, including limited edition First Day Covers, and an even more limited edition signed by Simon King, President of The Kenneth Allsop Memorial Trust. For details please visit www.freewebstore.org/steepholm where these and other island stamps can be purchased.