The world became a dark and difficult place for Wendy James when her teenage son, Aled, committed suicide. What helped Wendy find some kind of peace was getting more involved with her local bird ringing group at Teifi Marshes and getting intimately involved with its wildlife.
“The therapy of being close to nature, of holding the birds and feeling like you are part of something bigger and important helped me find some comfort. Knowing that Aled loved wildlife and being outdoors helped me be somehow closer to him again when I was out there in the early morning.
I have found a place where I can laugh again at the wonderful memories of my talented and humorous son whilst I work with the (thousands of) birds that breed and migrate through this beautiful nature reserve. Sharing my knowledge with visitors and volunteers gives a rewarding sense of purpose again”
Being close to wildlife can help us all find some inner peace, it is a dose of natural therapy that we should all enjoy.