The new year started with storms which prevented the release of several guillemots which had recovered from being oiled and were now ready for release. We never release sea birds in stormy weather, preferring to wait until there is a window of relatively calm weather to ensure the birds have time to adjust to the elements again when they are returned to their natural environment.
This was the situation when the first of the 'sticky' birds arrived which meant that for a while we had those waiting to be released holding up those that needed more space for their treatment. However, as always, we managed and those waiting for release finally went back to the wild on the 7th of February, including a Little auk which had spent the time quite happily with the guillemots, until the time of its release.
12TH MARCH 2013 WAS A VERY PROUD & MEMORABLE DAY FOR JEAN WHOSE WORK WITH OILED SEABIRDS WAS RECOGNISED IN THE NEW YEARS HONOURS LIST.
Jean received the MBE award for Services to Animal Welfare from HRH Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, on the 12th March 2013.
Although it was Jean, as Founder of the Trust, who received the award, it was also a very exciting day for all those involved in the work of the Trust, to receive recognition that oiled seabirds can be successfully rehabilitated.
Guillemots in particular have had a rough deal over the years, many have been destroyed as it was thought that once they were oiled they could not be saved. However, this Trust (not just Jean alone, but all those involved with the work of the Trust) have proved that these birds can be saved and deserve the best attention possible.