Looking across the Bristol Channel from the end of Brean Down, the island to the left is Steep Holm and the one to the right is Flat Holm, in the distance you can just make out the coast of South Wales.
Along with Brean Down both Steep Holm and Flat Holm were fortified in the 1860s as a defence against invasion. They form part of a line of defences, known as Palmerston Forts, built across the channel to protect the approaches to Bristol and Cardiff and later used again during WW2 as a defence.
Steep Holm is now owned by a Trust set up in the memory of naturalist Kenneth Allsop who preserve the island as a nature reserve.
Flat Holm is managed by Cardiff Council and also is a Nature reserve and sight of special scientific interest, with rare flora and fauna.
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