|COUNTING THE MANY LITTLE BITS OF BRITAIN|
The following answers were published in The Daily Mail on 4 July 1995, p. 39, to the question "Exactly how many islands make up the British Isles?"
Our 1:625,000 scale database shows Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) has a total 6,289 islands, mostly in Scotland. Of these, 803 are large enough to have been 'digitised' with a coastline by our map-makers. The rest are recorded as point features.
Steve Yeates, Ordnance Survey,
National Mapping Agency, Southampton.
The 1:250,000 scale map of Northern Ireland shows 160 islands; 57 offshore and 103 on inland lakes.
Raymond Clements, Ordnance Survey
of Northern Ireland, Belfast.
Our 1:250,000 map of the Republic of Ireland has 279 offshore islands and 78 inland. In addition there are thousands of small rocks and sandbanks which could be counted as islands.
Richard Flynn, Ordnance Survey,
The Isle of Man comprises the main island and the Calf of Man with a rock outcrop called Kitterland between the two. Two other rock outcrops, St Mary's Rock in Douglas Bay and Chicken Rock, south-west of the Calf of Man, make a total of five islands. On the 1:50,000 map these are added to by 25 smaller rock outcrops which could be digitised.
Dave Kelly, Mapping and Charting Officer,
IoM survey, Douglas, IOM.
The Balliwick of Guernsey comprises the main island of Guernsey plus Alderney, Burhou, Sark, Brequo, Herm, Jethou and Lithou and at least 49 rocky outcrops.
Jay Everett, States of Guernsey,
St Peter Port, Guernsey.
The Balliwick of Jersey consists of Jersey itself, plus four groups of islands known as the Paternosters, Les Dirouilles, Les Ecrehous and Les Minquiers. Of the 198 islands around the coast of Jersey, 39 could be digitised with a coastline. The four island groups total 75 islands, of which only one could be digitised.
Peter Le Gresley, Planning Dept,
States of Jersey, St Helier.