THIS SHOW SEASON appears to be passing with even more of a whirl than usual, with canary exhibitions, in particular, now cropping up thick and fast. The other weekend, deputy editor Laura Welch enjoyed a day at the CCBA All-Colour show, and returned with a hoard of photos that we've all been browsing through with relish: some of the most exquisite birds in the exhibition world, beautifully presented for the fancy to admire. And how the canaries love it!
As I write, another milestone canary event is about to take place: the South Bucks CBA open show, which always offers a feast of different varieties. Among them, hopefully, will be some more examples of the (new) London fancy, a breed that has already made a splash this year at the National Exhibition. Will this bird's long-awaited renaissance continue in future seasons? The availability of stock is going to be key, of course, but I would like to think there are quite a few skilled breeders out there who could add their expertise to the project. One such fancier, Andy Early, has written on the subject before and he now returns with some further observations this week, on page 10.
If you've ever bought the popular EMP brand of eggfood, you'll know it's made by a firm called Donald Cooke Ltd – but you may not realise what else the company does or know its story. And a proper story is what the firm has got: it's a splendid example of a family concern that, with its centenary not far off, is flourishing in the modern marketplace. Read all about it on page 16.
Shortly before we went to press, the Law Commission published its long-gestated report on the UK's wildlife law. This will have far-reaching consequences for British birds in aviculture, as well as non-native exotic species. More on this subject next week, but for the moment I'll just observe that I doubt whether the report will do much harm to ring sales in this country...
So, some Charlie has been sent to prison for stealing a macaw from a shop in Manchester (page 2). Overkill? I don't think so; more a confirmation that our justice system can sometimes give adequate weight to the trauma and inhumanity of bird theft. Look after your birds this week – and if you're showing them I hope they do you proud!
In the November 25, 2015 issue of Cage & Aviary Birds, why choose to breed ‘obscure’ budgie varieties when the mainstream has so much to offer? Well, actually, the incentives are pretty compelling, suggests Terry A. Tuxford
In news, all vacant roles on the Lizard Canary Association's (LCA) committee have now been filled and Loro Parque Fundacion (LPF)has set aside $1,000,000 (£660,000 approx) to fund 33 conservation and research projects in 2016.
How can fanciers breed the mysterious London fancy canary? Andy Early describes some of his pairing experiments and their results
From modest beginnings, Donald Cooke Ltd has grown into a multi-faceted company which proudly keeps its family values and strong Yorkshire base. Fred Wright reports
Tony Edwards takes stock of the trends and developments in diets offered by a broad variety of Bengalese finch fanciers
Plus lots more, including Ask the Experts, Parrots, Species in Focus and Book Review.