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  • Endangered macaws successfully released in Brazil

    Endangered macaws successfully released in Brazil

    21st March 2019

    Above, exploring: Endangered Lear’s macaws unhurriedly contemplate the habitat just outside the aviary   SIX ENDANGERED LEAR’S macaws (Anodorhynchus leari) have been released back into their native habitat in north-eastern Brazil by a conservation charity. The Loro Parque Foundation, based…

  • IOA honours members with new Order of Merit award

    IOA honours members with new Order of Merit award

    19th March 2019

    Above, Three of the 12 recipients: 1. For achievements to the British bird world, Bob Partridge (right), pictured with IOA president Richard Lumley, is one of the few people still alive to have helped draft the Wildlife and Countryside Act…

  • Three men arrested after Kent bird thefts

    Three men arrested after Kent bird thefts

    14th March 2019

    Above, Police were supplied with images of some of the stolen birds, which included a goldfinch and two pied bullfinchs   POLICE HAVE WARNED rural birdkeepers to be vigilant after three men were arrested following a string of British bird…

  • Three Gloster canary books up for grabs in charity giveaway

    Three Gloster canary books up for grabs in charity giveaway

    12th March 2019

    Above, Steve Pritchard, of Cavcott Glosters and competition organiser, said: ‘Nick and I were blown away by Tony Keane’s letter and that he sent an additional payment giving someone an opportunity of a ‘free’ book. The two charities mean so…

  • Spying scientists ‘listen in’ on reintroduced birds

    Spying scientists ‘listen in’ on reintroduced birds

    7th March 2019

    Above, Once found across northern New Zealand, the hihi or stitchbird is now classed as locally extinct across most of its former range, due to habitat loss and fragmentation and the spread of non-native invasive mammal predators.   SCIENTISTS HAVE…

  • Breeding returns show positive trends for foreign and British birds

    Breeding returns show positive trends for foreign and British birds

    5th March 2019

    Above: L-r: society president Roger Tippett awards Barbara Sparrow the Meritorious Award, with society chairman Fred Smith.   ALMOST 500 BIRDS were bred in 2018 from Severn Counties Foreign & British Bird Society (SCF&BBS) members – with many species increasing…

  • Love Minsmere plea from RSPB to EDF Energy

    Love Minsmere plea from RSPB to EDF Energy

    21st February 2019

    Above, Minsmere’s unique mix of reedbeds, lowland wet grassland, shingle vegetation and lowland heath provide valuable habitats for a huge array of wildlife and are of vital conservation importance. Photo: David Tipling/rspb-images.com   THE RSPB IS appealing for the public…

  • Bowker stud devastated after fluke aviary blaze

    Bowker stud devastated after fluke aviary blaze

    19th February 2019

    Above, The Bowker aviary in May 2015. The BS is confident that members  throughout the country will support the family; Richard Bowker told  C&AB that some have already offered birds from their bloodline back   One of the top budgerigar…

  • Fears for breeding owls as frackers start drilling

    Fears for breeding owls as frackers start drilling

    14th February 2019

    Above: Long-eared owls (Asio otus) are among owl species that have been observed at Misson Carr AS IT BRITISH owls don’t have enough to deal with as the breeding season approaches, those living on a Nottinghamshire nature reserve will  have…