Back in the 1980s, Megan Morris-Jones, her husband John, and her young daughter Anna lived on the small island of Luing, off the west coast of Scotland. Amongst other things, she and John carried out regular ‘beached bird’ surveys for the RSPB. Whilst this basically meant recording any washed up dead birds, inevitably during the course of their wanderings they would come across the odd injured, live sea bird, which they would rescue and care for. Looking after these casualties is what prompted Megan to learn more about the care of injured wildlife.
When the family moved to Much Wenlock in 1989, Megan contacted the RSPCA to see what services were available in the area for injured wildlife. It became apparent that, except for veterinary practices, there were no specialised facilities for wildlife casualties.
Initially taking in sick wildlife from the RSPCA and the local area, word began to spread. Numbers of casualties began to rise and very soon they out grew their small cottage. From there the family moved to ‘Cuan House’, where specialised facilities were built by John to meet the growing demand.
Over the next few years, the number of animals and public awareness of the centre grew, and they were granted charitable status.
Whilst Megan looked after the animals, John was always on hand to build and maintain facilities and also took it upon himself to become the charity’s treasurer. He continued to support Megan behind the scenes.
By this time volunteers were coming to help out on a daily basis, not only with the animals but also with fundraising.
Sadly John died at the end 2006, and Megan found herself taking on all his administrative responsibilities as well.
After running Cuan House for 21 years and being involved with injured wildlife for over 25 years, Megan was wondering how, if ever, she could slow down.
Around this time Anna, who had grown up with wildlife since the age of 4, along with her husband Sean, decided they would like to commit themselves to taking over and running the charity after Megan retired.
Now, Cuan Wildlife Rescue has a new home at The Signals in Much Wenlock. It is going from strength to strength in the capable hands of Anna, Sean and their team.