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Sunday, 30 April, 2000, 10:43 GMT 11:43 UK
Tourism hope for island's foghorn
Flat Holm
Flat Holm has Wales's largest gull colony
The Welsh Secretary and the Assembly First Secretary will visit an island in the Bristol Channel to reopen a foghorn station as a tourist attraction.

Paul Murphy and Rhodri Morgan, along with Alun Micahel MP, will also hear the foghorn on Flat Holm island sounded for the first time since 1988.

The system is now fully automated but the Grade II listed building.

Originally built by Trinity House in 1906, the building was restored by volunteers from the Flat Holm Society with the help of a Prince's Trust grant.

Nature reserve

Once esential for navigating the channel in bad weather, the foghorn will be sounded for some groups visiting the island and it may also be used to celebrate events on the Welsh mainland.

Cardiff Council bought the island in 1995 and runs it as the Flat Holm Project, which operates to conserve the history and wildlife of Flat Holm.

A voluntary group - the Flat Holm Society - assists the project in its work.

Flat Holm is now a Local Nature Reserve and a haven for wildlife, home to the largest colony of gulls in Wales.

It was fortified in Victorian times and again in World War II and is most famous for receiving the first ever radio message across water sent by Guglielmo Marconi in 1897.

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