DEFRA drops licensing bombshell

DEFRA drops licensing bombshell

Birdkeepers may face a nightmare combination of new red tape and costs, if DEFRA plans for a blanket Animal Activities Licence (AAL) become law. Read the story for details on how to download a letter to send to your MP.

Calling all readers: help try to re-draft DEFRA’s shock plans

Calling all readers: help try to re-draft DEFRA’s shock plans

Cage & Aviary Birds is urging all readers to write to their local MPs in a united stand against DEFRA plans for a blanket Animal Activities Licence (AAL).

Young Bird Breeders encouraged to apply for Jersey course

Young Bird Breeders encouraged to apply for Jersey course

The Avicultural Society (AS) is encouraging amateur bird breeders to apply for this year’s Raymond Sawyer Scholarship.

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