Thursday, July 8, 1999 Published at 10:44 GMT 11:44 UK
Bird site pecks top award
The winning site launches into birdsong
Phil Barratt received the Site Of The Year award for his Birds In A Cheshire Garden pages, which he produces from home. This is a remarkable achievement given that the competition for the prize included some of the biggest commercial operators on the Net.
The bird site has become a big hit with surfers, and even Rolling Stone Mick Jagger - a twitcher himself - has been known to visit the URL at www.abcissa.force9.co.uk/birds.
Due to serious illness Mr Barratt has been confined to a wheelchair since childhood. He said he saw the Internet as a way of furthering his hobby. He would now like to become a Web professional. He has already started another project, working with 30 charity organisations to sell Christmas cards online.
Mr Barratt's site beat companies such as Cellnet, with its Genie Website, and Jamba which is run by broadcast company Carlton.
Past Yell awards - the event has been running for four years - have tended to focus on commercial Websites and those funded by large corporations.
New media services director of Yell, the online version of the Yellow Pages, Dr Eddie Cheng said: "Phil Barratt's site was filled with such heart and soul for the subject matter and shows that if you have a love for something you do not need to go down the usual publishing routes any more.
"We did not know that Mr Barratt was disabled when we saw the nominations, or even by looking at the Website. It shows what can be achieved on the Internet."
Birds In A Cheshire Garden also won Best Personal Web Site.
The other 1999 Yell UK Internet Awards: