Missing things – `Volunteering`

species count in the winter snow

We are now a few weeks into the lock-down against the Coronavirus, and one of the things i`m personally missing is my involvement with the WWT as a volunteer here in Llanelli.

All the Centres are now currently closed, and therefore all volunteers – together with some staff – are unable to go about their business, which in my case is working on the Reserve area.

I`m in my 16th year as a volunteer at Penclacwydd, having carried out the first 10 years working at weekends in the grounds, and unfortunately the current closure means that we`re all unable to see the busy activity of Spring. However, I love being there when time permits throughout the year, rain, snow, whatever..

While the Centre is closed there won`t be any public events, including the annual Dawn chorus walk that I normally do with Brian our Reserve Manager. This was due to take place on Sunday 3rd May, and normally one of the things I really look forward to in the year. It`s often well-received by those attending, with people commenting how they are grateful they are to learn something new from what is `out there`. often overlooked. Putting the email and social media down for a while and enjoying nature is SO rewarding for your mental health.

Here`s hoping there will an early end to this virus crisis. Although i`m longing be back out again, both for my own photography and including some volunteering when I can, it`s important that in the meantime everyone stays safe, stay at home, and get through this.

Nature will still be there when this is all over.