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  • Resurrected ‘name the winner’ honour goes to Gordon

    Resurrected ‘name the winner’ honour goes to Gordon

    12th November 2019

    Above: Champion Gordon Alexander with his two daughters – novice Lauren (left) and junior Rachel – at the Northern Counties SFSC show holding his since named ‘Oggscastle King Laddy’ Scots fancy cock bird   GORDON ALEXANDER HAS become the first…

  • Shining example to zebra finch fancy wins Allen Silver award

    Shining example to zebra finch fancy wins Allen Silver award

    7th November 2019

    Above: Paul Paintain (left) receives the Allen Silver award from ZFS president Dennis Webster at the 2019 club show. Left: a man of many talents, Mr Paintain is a respected judge   ZEBRA FINCH SOCIETY (ZFS) treasurer and popular judge…

  • ‘Nature cannot  afford to wait’

    ‘Nature cannot afford to wait’

    31st October 2019

    Above: L-r: the lapwing and wood warbler are just two of the species whose decline has been linked to climate change Photos l-r: Andy Hay/Graham Goodall   RECENT STUDIES CLAIMING that climate change is having more impact on bird species…

  • Avian influenza: DEFRA’s winter season update

    Avian influenza: DEFRA’s winter season update

    24th October 2019

    Above: Whether running a large commercial farm, keeping a few hens in your back garden, or rearing game birds, DEFRA advise all birdkeepers to protect their birds against the threat of bird flu in the winter months. DEFRA recommends you…

  • Rare pigeon returns to its homeland

    Rare pigeon returns to its homeland

    22nd October 2019

    Above: The pink pigeons’ first-ever captive breeding programme was established by Gerald Durrell, alongside the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, National Parks and Conservation Service and Forestry Service. Photo: Gregory Guida THREE PINK PIGEONS – descendants of individuals brought to Jersey Zoo…

  • Two firsts for Welsh open show

    Two firsts for Welsh open show

    18th October 2019

    Photo: Young winner: Junior Ginge from Essex, winner of the best junior young bird award, presented by Gwynedd BS president Frank McGovern   A SEASIDE-RESORT-BASED CLUB in Wales secured its first-ever international sponsor for its first gold championship show, held…

  • New Scottish club has big plans for its inaugural show

    New Scottish club has big plans for its inaugural show

    8th October 2019

    Above: SFFCC secretary Ryan Wood (second from left) and welfare officer Andy Rodger (third from left) during a visit from top Fife exhibitors from Malta, Rudolph Falzon (far left) and David Zahra (far right). Both plan to fly over to…

  • Bones found in ancient swamp reveal the ecosystem of the dodo

    Bones found in ancient swamp reveal the ecosystem of the dodo

    3rd October 2019

    Above: Some of the excavated fossils. At least 2,000 bones of several different animal and bird species have been found so far at the site. Photo: Julia Heinen   A TEAM OF researchers have discovered a 12,000-year-old swamp in Mauritius filled with…