On 14 April 1995, after years of initial development, RSPB Conwy nature reserve opened it's gates to the public. Throughout April, we want to commemorate this milestone, and celebrate our 25th anniversary with you! As part of this celebration, we will be sharing what RSPB Conwy means to the people at the heart of the reserve - our fantastic staff (both past and present), and our amazing volunteers. Each blog has been written by various members of our team, as they share with us what RSPB Conwy means to them. We hope that you will enjoy these unique insights, and join us in celebrating 25 years of giving nature a home!
Julian Hughes - Previous Site Manager (2008-2019) Like many local people over the age of 40, I remember when RSPB Conwy wasn’t there. It was created from spoil removed from the A55 road tunnel when I was a student – I put together this photo-montage of its history for The Daily Post in 2015 for the 20th anniversary. Although I missed the reserve’s early development as I lived away, I would pop in for a walk and to hello to the site managers, first Ian Higginson and then Alan Davies, when I was visiting family. So it was a bit of a dream when I had the opportunity to wear that badge myself from the start of 2008. Looking after this patch of wetland will always be one of the highlights of my life.
It’s been great to read the stories from some of the volunteers in these birthday blogs, as they leave their mark on the reserve: some of the best ideas have come from their own experiences as a visitor or using their lifetime’s work to help resolve problems. So, here are a few of my own highlights and lowlights:
It was hard to come up with just five things, I have so many great memories and I’ll always love coming for a walk to see the latest changes. Writing this, I was reminded of the time capsule that we buried in the foundations of The LookOut – what will future generations make of our work?
So, happy birthday to RSPB Conwy and to the thousands of people who have contributed to making it: from an idea in a pub to one of the most important places for local people to connect with nature.
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