When one of the walking magazines (Country Walking) set a challenge of walking 1,000 miles in a year it seemed a good idea. The benefits included getting more exercise, losing some weight, seeing more of our beautiful countryside, a bit of birding and lots of exercise for Midge (the dog).
Then, one day, as I was walking and putting the world to rights in my mind, it struck me that this mad venture could also benefit others, such as Bardsey. Those who know me are aware of my love of birds, for the island of Bardsey and in particular for Bardsey Lodge and Bird Observatory.
The charity’s main objective is to monitor and census the breeding and migratory birds which use the island. It is one of only two accredited bird observatories in Wales and is one of a network of 20 around the coast of the UK and Ireland. As with many small charities the Observatory runs on a shoe string and is always grateful for contributions towards its funding.
The funds raised will be put towards repairing the boardwalks in the withies. Withies are areas of coppiced willow which are often quite muddy and damp at the base. By installing boardwalks these are made accessible and safer to move through. On Bardsey the withies are of particular importance to migrating birds as the island offers little shelter and protection from the weather.
Please support Judith and help BBFO by donating through our JustGiving campaign:
THANK YOU | DIOLCH
Judith Read - Walking for the boardwalk