Mae'r gyfrol hon yn canolbwyntio ar ynysoedd Cymru a Lloegr. Ceir yma wybodaeth a lluniau am ddeg ar hugain ohonynt, nifer yn rhai amlwg, eraill yn llai enwog ond yn cynrychioli harddwch Prydain ar ei gorau.
This publication concentrates on the islands of England and Wales, with over thirty included, highlighting through archive and present day photographs and text the unique character of each island. It presents a fascinating and informative look at some of the well known and many lesser known scenic parts of the British Isles.
Having just returned from a week on Bardsey Island (Ynys Enlli) off the tip of the Llyn Peninsula in north Wales, I approached this enticingly illustrated volume with excitement. The author takes us on a fascinating voyage of discovery around some of the hundreds of small islands and islets around the coast of England and Wales, describing the unique character of each – from the largest, Anglesey, to the most densely populated, Portsmouth, which he describes as ‘the joker in the pack’, as few people know that this historic naval port is built on the island of Portsea, separated from the mainland by a narrow creek.
Jones charts the pull these islands have had on humans over the centuries – whether to make their living from the land or to quarry natural resources; as places of spiritual refuge or pirate hideouts; small landmasses for territorial opportunists to claim as mini kingdoms; sources of inspiration for writers, artists, engineers; and sites of conservation offering safe havens for thousands of migratory birds and other wildlife.
It would be impossible to mention every island here, but a few highlights offer a taste of their richness: there’s Flat Holm in the Bristol Channel, occupied since the Bronze Age, and where, in 1897, Marconi transmitted the world’s first wireless signals across the open sea, and which was home to the only Victorian isolation (cholera) hospital sited on a British offshore island; Lundy, prey to those determined to claim it as their own kingdom (including Martin Harman who declared himself its monarch in the early 1900s and issued his own currency), all long outlived by its unique non-human species including the Lundy cabbage, its accompanying Lundy cabbage flea beetle, and – unrelated – Britain’s sole bird-eating spider, the purseweb; the Isles of Scilly, with their mythical drowned kingdom of Lyonesse, its church bells pealing from the depths, where each island has its own distinctive character and where the uninhabited islands are managed by a wildlife trust and are rented from the Duchy of Cornwall for one daffodil a year.
The author’s favourites are the Isles of Scilly. Mine, after Bardsey, would be the islands off the west coast of Pembrokeshire to which he devotes a chapter. Whether you choose these, or the islands of Thames and the Medway, Lindisfarne, Caldey, Sheppey, Scolt Head, Canvey, or Steep Holm, he warmly invites you to find your own island of delight.
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