Editor’s Letter

  • Editor’s letter

    Editor’s letter

    24th April 2019

    THERE’S A SCENE in My Family And Other Animals where the boy Gerald Durrell eavesdrops on his family as they discuss how to educate him. Novelist brother Larry prescribes a heavy literary reading list; his sensitive sister urges dancing lessons;…

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    Editor’s Letter

    23rd April 2019

    WHAT A BREATH of fresh air to read Mr Cutter’s letter and the news story on page 2 (April 24 issue). It’s very early days, of course, but if all goes well then we  might have a double dose of…

  • Editor’s Letter

    Editor’s Letter

    10th April 2019

    A TRUE HOBBYIST dynasty is a rarity: a succession of generations where both knowledge and passion have been handed on and expressed. Two generations of transmitted enthusiasm, from parent to offspring, are frequent, but three or more are far scarcer,…

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    Editor’s letter

    3rd April 2019

    HOW CONCERNED SHOULD fanciers be about the Scottish Government’s plan to revamp its animal welfare law? Donald Skinner-Reid gives his reaction to this ongoing consultation on page 10 and singles out some proposals that we may find sinister, notably (1)…

  • Editor’s Letter

    Editor’s Letter

    27th March 2019

    IT’S SPRINGTIME, SO Cage & Aviary Birds has migrated! For ages, we have been happily roosting in rural Kent, at the romantic if sometimes inconvenient Cudham Tithe Barn (pros: superb chalk valley on our doorstep; cons: winter ice-ups, mobile telephony…

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    Editor’s letter

    21st March 2019

    WHY DO THEY do it? I’m not talking about parrots screaming (see our cover story on page 14 of the March 20 issue), but about birdkeeping organisations mucking their members about. In the February 13 issue, Italian canary man Antonio…

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    Editor’s letter

    13th March 2019

    WAS IT REALLY Dorothy L. Sayers who coined the famous advertising slogan “Guinness is good for you”? David Alderton (see page 12, March 13, writing mainly about toucans) is such a fount of information. I once read her crime novel…

  • Editor’s Letter

    Editor’s Letter

    6th March 2019

    REGULAR CONTRIBUTOR JARROD cotter must, I feel, enjoy compiling his monthly “Feather by Feather” article for Cage & Aviary Birds. It is quite a challenge to depict those intricate individual feathers on the page to show clearly how they constitute…

  • Editors letter

    Editors letter

    27th February 2019

    FULL MARKS TO Andy Early for asking the key question: “Are you going to tell us how you did it?” The interviewee (see page 12) is Dutch canary breeder Piet Renders, and “it” refers to the original choice of pairing…

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    Editor’s Letter

    20th February 2019

    THIS WEEK WE’VE prominently featured an article from the RSPB about the swift – just about the most non-cage-bird you can imagine. Why? Because I reckon fanciers will appreciate these charismatic birds and are in a special position to help…