The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales has received a kind donation in memory of Iorwerth Phillips. The donation in his memory will go towards our dormouse project in Carmarthenshire, where Iorweth lived.
Iorwerth was born in 1931, the youngest child of William and Margaret Phillips, farmers in Llangynin, Carmarthenshire. Very sadly Iorwerth was orphaned at the age of nine but he and his siblings were brought up by a cousin, Catherine Richards, who loved and adored them all. Catherine's brother Nattie was a trapper by profession and when he was a child Iorwerth often accompanied him at work. Nattie respected his prey and was very vigilant in his inspection of traps but the experience turned Iorwerth against hunting, trapping and shooting for life.
Iorwerth spent 3 years working in Africa (Eritrea and Kenya) in his 20's, which gave him a life long love of the animals of the continent. After coming back from Africa, Iorwerth lived and worked in west Wales.
His niece, Anne Owen Taylor said: “He usually had about 6 bird feeders in his garden at any one time and about 60 books on birds and animals! In his last years, the highlight of Iorwerth's day would be observing the Welsh Black cattle in the field next to the house, and the garden birds on the bird feeder.”
Sadly Iorwerth passed away in December 2016 but a part of him will live on in our dormice project.