The Talnotry Avian Care Trust is a remarkable tribute to its founder Patricia Nevines who began the charity in 1978 to help injured and orphaned birds and animals. Many of them are returned to the wild when they recover. It is an astonishing example of how love of wildlife can have a practical application.
But Patricia is now retiring and fears her Crumlin-based charity may have to shut unless some other dedicated person can be found to keep it running. It requires £1,000 a month to operate and Patricia's own money and public donations have kept its caring doors open for several decades.
Given this province's close association with rural life, surely some way can be found to keep this incredible facility open.