I grabbed the opportunity. On the day after the Big Welsh Walk, 3 June, I was up early to repeat my early-morning wander of last year. I wanted to take my visually-impaired friend, Marika Kovacs, to the magical Coed Rheidol national nature reserve to listen to birds. Last year, on 7 May, I saw wood warblers there.
We set off from Tynrhyd retreat, near Devil’s Bridge, and followed the bridleway through Tyn-y-Castell Farm (grid reference SN 726773) and then around the side of the valley.
We crossed a ploughed field and descended into the wood. The ground was rough so we did not go all the way down to the railway. In fact it was not necessary. Marika could stand in the woodland and hear the outpouring from the birds, including whirring wood warblers. No birdsong or call escapes her ears.
It was a special moment.