Bardsey Island


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Bardsey Island

(bärd`sē), Welsh Ynys Enlli, 0.7 sq mi (1.8 sq km), Gwynedd, Wales, off the SW tip of the Lleyn Peninsula. The small island, which rises to 548 ft (167 m), is separated from the mainland by the 2-mi-wide (3.2-km) Bardsey Sound. It is the site of a lighthouse. Known as the island of 20,000 saints because of its history as a place of holy burial (legend says King Arthur was buried there), it was settled in the 5th and 6th cent. by monks and was major pilgrimage destination in the Middle Ages. Following the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII, the island fell into disrepair. Now a nature reserve with a small year-round population, Bardsey also has several prehisoric sites.
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Mari Huws, 27, and Emyr Glyn Owen, 33, will have no electricity or mains water on Bardsey Island, where they will be the wildlife wardens.
Mari Huws, 27, and Emyr Glyn Owen, 33, found they were the perfect match when they met on Bardsey Island two miles off North Wales.
Mari Huws, 27, from Penygroes, and Emyr Glyn Owen, 33, from Llansannan, will start their new life on Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island) off the Llyn Peninsula in September.
| Emyr Glyn Owen and Mari Huws are the new wardens of Ynys Enlli - Bardsey Island
Sian Stacey beat around 300 other applicants to become manager of Bardsey Island where there are just nine homes to let.
She has packed her car with belongings and supplies and is set to move to one of the remotest but most picturesque places in Wales and become manager of Bardsey Island. There are just five neighbours and nine homes to let on the island - and even they are only full during summer.
Colin Evans, 37, who fishes for crab and lobster off Bardsey Island, said: "It's not my business ending but the end of centuries of a way of life, and probably the end of Bardsey Island which still depends on its fishery."
He is a committee member of the Walsall RSPB local group, secretary of the West Midland Bird Club and the Bardsey Island Bird Observatory, and represents the RSPB on the West Midlands Biodiversity Partnership.
>> Charity hike ROTARY Pwllheli will hold a Midsummer Hike, on Saturday, June 22, with a choice of circular walks, either 7.5 or 13 miles, both starting and finishing at the Ty Newydd Hotel, Aberdaron, along country lanes and the coastal path, with views of Bardsey Island, hidden coves and rugged coastline.