Rescuing Wildlife Brings Award To Shetland Sanctuary
by Alastair Hamilton -
Decades of valuable work by the Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary has been recognised by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) at a ceremony at the House of Lords.
Jan Bevington set up the sanctuary in 1987 when she rescued a seal pup abandoned on the beach just below her house in the village of Hillswick, which lies in Shetland's north-west mainland. Word of the facility quickly spread and, over the years, the sanctuary has been a temporary but welcoming home to many seals and otters, featuring in television programmes such as Simon King's Shetland Diaries. With her husband, Pete, and volunteers, Jan also helps with other wildlife rescue work, for example when whales, dolphins or porpoises get into trouble in inshore waters around the islands.
IFAW President and CEO, Azzedine Downes, congratulating the winners of the awards, said:
Also present to hand over the awards and congratulate Jan and the other winners were Baroness Gale and naturalist, broadcaster and regular Shetland visitor Bill Oddie.