A love of birds.


Captain Vivian Hewitt was an almost forgotten early aviator. In 1912, 3 years after Bleriot crossed the 23 miles of the English Channel, Hewitt from Denbighshire, achieved the feat of flying from Rhyl across the Irish Sea to Ireland, some 75 miles the 1st man ever to do this. His journey took him just over an hour before he landed safely in Dublin. His achievement was celebrated both in Ireland and in Rhyl, but Hewitt’s flight was overshadowed by the sinking of the Titanic and has today been almost forgotten. Working in World War I with the RFC he gave up flying at the end of the war and moved to Cemlyn on Anglesey where he built and established a bird sanctuary near his home. This house was enclosed by a very high wall he is said to have become somewhat reclusive . Hewitt died in 1965 aged 77. Today, the North Wales Wildlife Trust manages the sanctuary he built.


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