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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    Editor’s Letter June 20

    23rd June 2018

    MR DOVEASTON (LETTER, left) asks some pertinent questions about the new law on rodenticides. The legislation changed on March 1 this year, as required by the European Chemicals Agency, and basically the level of active ingredient in rodenticides available to…

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    22nd June 2018

    Photo: Les Rance. A cock Pennant’s waiting patiently for his hen to hatch   Turks going great guns, Pennant’s promising, kings not off the mark yet: an absorbing season so far for Les Rance   HAVING written three short articles about…

  • Latest Issue June 20

    20th June 2018

    In the June 20, 2018, issue of Cage & Aviary Birds, with its odd stocky build and ornate hackles, the Nicobar pigeon doesn’t look an ace flyer – but it is. What’s more, it is a most enjoyable species to keep in an…

  • Island hopper of the Pacific

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    18th June 2018

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