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  • Fourth canary section adds to C&AB’s Maidstone event

    Fourth canary section adds to C&AB’s Maidstone event

    2nd June 2020

    Above: You don’t need to be a BCCC member to bench your coloured canaries, such as this intensive red unflighted clear cock, in the BCCC open show at C&AB’s Maidstone event this November   THE CANARY SECTION at this year’s…

  • Wild bird epidemic  in Germany wanes

    Wild bird epidemic in Germany wanes

    28th May 2020

    Above: According to NABU, symptoms of the diseased birds include fluffed-up plumage and breathing difficulties. NABU currently advises residents in Germany to stop feeding or providing drinking troughs for birds to reduce the risk of transmission © Shutterstock.com/LA28   A MYSTERY…

  • Cornwall now a haven for 27 birds saved from illegal trade

    Cornwall now a haven for 27 birds saved from illegal trade

    26th May 2020

    Above: The rescued toco toucans have arrived at Paradise Park, their new home   TWENTY-SEVEN BIRDS CAUGHT up in illegal trade within the EU have found a safe home at Cornwall’s Paradise Park. Having been confiscated by the Belgian authorities,…

  • Canaries mark a ‘first’ in club’s breeding records

    Canaries mark a ‘first’ in club’s breeding records

    19th May 2020

    Above: Fred Smith (left) won the 2019 best canary breeding award for hatching 21 Yorkshires and 23 new colours, while president Roger Tippett (right) picked up the ‘Best British hardbill breeding’ and ‘Best British’ awards. Right: Jake Bishop submitted the…

  • IOA and British Bird Council  work together on ring supply

    IOA and British Bird Council work together on ring supply

    14th May 2020

    Above: The BBC has advised members to contact the IOA for specific COM ID-coded rings for native birds, such as bullfinch (example pictured) which require ring size D. The BBC says it will resume business with Avian ID as soon…

  • Livestock courier is ‘busier than ever’ during lockdown

    Livestock courier is ‘busier than ever’ during lockdown

    5th May 2020

    Above: Walkers’ 18 vehicles operate under 24-hour licences and are fully NSF-approved   WALKERS EUROPEAN EXPRESS Services in Dudley is reporting that, despite the lockdown, it’s business as usual for bird collections and deliveries. Overseas transport has ceased for the…

  • AS 2020 scholarship applications now open

    AS 2020 scholarship applications now open

    4th May 2020

    Above: The AS Raymond Sawyer Scholarship is back after a year break and will be sending one young amateur, professional or student aviculturist to receive the sort of training usually reserved for professionals. Pictured is 2018 winner Arno Lapiere  …

  • C&AB Maidstone event brings in Border canaries

    C&AB Maidstone event brings in Border canaries

    30th April 2020

    Above: Alan Scott: ‘The coronavirus lockdown means fanciers are spending far more time with their birds. That should help to improve the breeding season and could see a good number of Borders benched at the Sussex & Kent Border FCC…