On Tuesday 9th April I had the opportunity to
land on Baker's Island in Langstone Harbour. The Hampshire & Isle of
Wright Wildlife trust Farlington Marshes working party where assisting
the RSPB in doing some conservation work on a beach area to improve a
tern nesting site. I had mentioned to a good friend of mine, Mike Dobson
(who sends his regards) that I was doing this and he pointed out your
website to me. So I took a decent camera with me just in case any thing
of interest could be seen.
Before looking at the photos it makes sense to look at the aerial
view of Baker’s Island. The Aerial view image is taken form the Ordnance
Survey Mapping app, and shows a lot more detail that goggle earth.
• 4 Brick structures about 1m high 1m wide and 4 m long arranged in a
row, separated by about 8m. (The RSPB are storing some stuff in them at
• 2 Slabs visible out of the water on the beach (landing stage?). No
evidence of fixings to the slabs.
• Pebble dash structure 2m square – this is off different construction
to the brick structures so may be from a different time.
• Concrete slab on the ground.
The Aerial view seems to indicate some mounds/ditch structure – but
I can not confirm this as forgot to make any notes on this (if I’d seen
the aerial view before going across I would have made a point to look
out for this and would have been in a position to make a better report
The other 3 white slabs on the aerial picture where outside our
permitted working area so could not be investigate.
The weather was not the best, light drizzle with just the
occasional respite so I could get the camera out. To make it easier I
have resized the images so they can be e-mailed.
The opportunities to get out to the islands occur infrequently, so
it may be another 2-3 years before we go again.
Please remember that Baker's Island is off limits at all times to
people, landing is not permitted – it’s an important nesting area for
several protected species, at other times its an important.
Alan Dunk - April 2019