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  • Facebook adverts selling hornbill heads discovered

    Facebook adverts selling hornbill heads discovered

    12th September 2019

    Above: demand for helmeted hornbills’ solid bill casques has increased in recent years. It is carved and used as an alternative to elephant ivory, particularly in China and increasingly in other Asian markets. Photo: Muhammad Al Zahri   HUNDREDS OF HELMETED…

  • Special past presidents’ awards are back

    Special past presidents’ awards are back

    10th September 2019

    Above: in 2018, C&AB reported that the NofEGC had only had three presidents in its 43 years. Pictured are the commemorative presidents’ rosettes   WELL-RECEIVED PAST presidents’ rosettes will again be up for competition at the North of England Gloster Club (OVCA event)…

  • Study: ‘The right smell helps birds gel’

    Study: ‘The right smell helps birds gel’

    5th September 2019

    Above: researcher Amber Rice studied hybrid chickadees and found that odour may play a role in mate selection among naturally hybridising songbirds. Photo: Lehigh University   THE SENSE OF smell helps chickadees and other songbird species feel the chemistry between…

  • Scottish centre celebrates UK first breeding

    Scottish centre celebrates UK first breeding

    3rd September 2019

    Above: the band-bellied owlet with one of its parents. Senior keeper Trystan Williams said: ‘As we’ve only had the pair here for about 18 months, we hope this is just the beginning of a very good breeding future here in…

  • Young bird enthusiast raises £200 to help wild vultures

    Young bird enthusiast raises £200 to help wild vultures

    29th August 2019

    Above: Keen fundraiser Summer with keepers and birds of prey from the show team at Paradise Park in Hayle, Cornwall   A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD GIRL who was inspired to help save vultures following a visit to Paradise Park in Cornwall has…

  • New joint event to kick off an exciting Fife show season

    New joint event to kick off an exciting Fife show season

    27th August 2019

    Above: The National Exhibition Fife section, in conjunction with the FFF show, had about 1,000 entries in 2018   FIFE FANCY EXHIBITORS across the country are gearing up for an ultra-competitive show season – and Round One of the contest…

  • Stolen African greys found dumped in box

    Stolen African greys found dumped in box

    22nd August 2019

    Above: Although owner Dillon Prest has celebrated the safe return of Burt and Daisy, two more parrots – a blue-and-gold macaw pair – are still missing   TWO PETSHOP PARROTS have been recovered alive in a cardboard box almost a…

  • Are you in it to win it at the Dome?

    Are you in it to win it at the Dome?

    22nd August 2019

    Above: Anticipation mounts: the audience (can you spot yourself?) await the final judging of the 2017 show, which was won by Ady Lovack’s light green   LESS THAN THREE weeks. That’s all you have left to get your entries in…

  • Even firebirds suffer as wildfires grow

    Even firebirds suffer as wildfires grow

    14th August 2019

    Above: A blackened trunk is just the home for a black-backed woodpecker. Forest fires are part of nature but are becoming more extensive – and more comprehensive – with climate change. Photo: Jean Hall FOREST FIRES ARE just part of…

  • School children sing for the Silent Forest

    School children sing for the Silent Forest

    13th August 2019

    Above: Layton School’s Year Five teacher Mr Snelling (left) with pupils and Harry from Blackpool Zoo’s education team at the Conservation Station   LOCAL SCHOOLCHILDREN’S PASSION for Blackpool Zoo’s threatened Asian songbirds has got them singing. During the last term…