A woman from Southbourne in Dorset is to receive a special award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) at the House of Lords tomorrow, recognising many years of dedication to rescuing and rehabilitating injured or abandoned birds.
Lynne Parker has rescued hundreds of birds, both wild and domestic, over the last 21 years and is often called on by local vets, residents and rescue organisations to provide emergency treatment, food and accommodation.
She single-handedly cleans and cares for the birds until they are ready for release back into the wild where possible, or transferred to a local rescue centre to make space for new emergency cases.
She is creating a special ‘reproofing’ pool in her garden to ensure that birds affected by oil spills, or which have been traumatised, have regular access to water and do not lose the waterproofing on their feathers, which can occur when a bird is stressed.
Will was only with us for two years but he became a much loved member of our family. He will be greatly missed. Our loss is going to be very hard to bear but we are left with some wonderful memories of a true gentleman with a big heart, a lovely sense of humour and a loving nature. Please respect our privacy at this sad time and allow us to grieve in peace. Many thanks to Dorset Police and the liaison support team who have been, and continue to be, there for us.
The partner of a man found dead in a flat in Bournemouth has paid tribute to him, saying he was a 'true gentleman with a big heart'. William Spiller's body was found in a property on Stedman Road in the Southbourne area last Monday. A 26-year-old man has been charged with his murder.