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).

Bumper 2017 WFS breeding returns includes first rare waxbill species

Bumper 2017 WFS breeding returns includes first rare waxbill species

2017 was a record year for the Waxbill Finch Society (WFS) with the second highest number of waxbills and mannikins bred in the society’s history and a first breeding of a new species by a member.

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  • A pocketful of sunshine

    A pocketful of sunshine

    25th April 2018

    Photo: During the breeding season, male yellowhammers have vibrant plumage; bright yellow on the head and belly, as well as red-brown feathers streaked with black   Few native birds are as cheering to the eye or the ear as the…

  • Latest Issue April 25

    24th April 2018

    In the April 25, 2018, issue of Cage & Aviary Birds, Bill Naylor profiles the yellowhammer and argues why these classic buntings are just as delightful when kept in captivity   In news, we report that readers of Cage & Aviary Birds are invited…

  • Editor’s Letter April 25

    Editor’s Letter April 25

    23rd April 2018

    HOWARD HAWES IS spot on when he writes (letter, left): “We cannot sit back and hope nothing bad happens.” I’m convinced that the best thing we can all do to avert AAL is to make our MP aware of it…

  • New birdroom in sight

    New birdroom in sight

    20th April 2018

    Photo: Dave Brown. So far this year, Dave has more than 60 chicks in the birdroom with a good few normals scattered about   Things are going well in the birdroom for Dave Brown and he is making progress with his…

  • Pied beauty with a red face

    Pied beauty with a red face

    18th April 2018

    Photo: © Shutterstock.com/Dance60. Unlike other swan species, black-necked make a soft musical whistle   Attractive, friendly and long-lived, the black-necked swan makes a fascinating addition to a large captive collection, says Bill Naylor. Just don’t keep them with shelducks!  …