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  • Dartmoor ponies boost bunting numbers in Devon

    Dartmoor ponies boost bunting numbers in Devon

    16th May 2019

    Above: Cirl bunting are making a comeback on the south Devon cliffs. Photo: Andy Hay   NUMBERS OF RARE cirl buntings (Emberiza cirlus) on the Devon coast have quadrupled at the RSPB Labrador Bay reserve since the charity started borrowing…

  • Grant funds new staging in time for open show

    Grant funds new staging in time for open show

    14th May 2019

    Above: The Hon. The Irish Society makes about 120 grants to groups or individuals in County Londonderry and also in neighbouring areas   A GENEROUS GRANT has enabled one of the few remaining CBSes in Northern Ireland – formed in…

  • Study reveals why Gouldian finches have kept their vibrant plumage

    Study reveals why Gouldian finches have kept their vibrant plumage

    8th May 2019

    Above: red-headed Gouldian finch: more dominant and preferred by females   RESEARCHERS HAVE DISCOVERED how the plumage of a wild Australian songbird has maintained distinct colours for generations and actually breaks the rules of evolution. Gouldian finches have three distinct…

  • Hundreds of wild-caught birds seized

    Hundreds of wild-caught birds seized

    2nd May 2019

    Above: A total of 292 rose-ringed parakeets – adults and chicks – one Asian koel and one common hill myna were confiscated from traders at Galiff Street Sunday Pet Market in West Bengal. Photo: Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, Government of India/Facebook…

  • Show-winning softbills stolen in Bank Holiday aviary theft

    Show-winning softbills stolen in Bank Holiday aviary theft

    29th April 2019

    Above: this song thrush cock of T. & S. Paterson had won top awards at Ollerton & Bevercotes CBS’s 2018 open show, but was stolen during the Easter Bank Holiday weekend   A STUD OF exhibition softbills in South Yorkshire…

  • Estrildid finch is chosen as WFS 2019 Target Species

    Estrildid finch is chosen as WFS 2019 Target Species

    25th April 2019

    Above: The red-headed finch has been chosen as the 2019 WFS Target Species. Only four were bred by WFS members in 2018 © Shutterstock.com/Tobie Oosthuizen   THE WAXBILL FINCH Society (WFS) has issued its 2018 breeding records and announced its…

  •  NCA welcomes British bird stalwart as new president

     NCA welcomes British bird stalwart as new president

    23rd April 2019

    Above: Outgoing NCA president David Paine (left) with the new president Bernard Williams Photo: Ghalib Al-Nasser   THE NATIONAL COUNCIL for Aviculture (NCA) has inau­gurated its new presi­dent for 2019/20 – British bird expert Bernard Williams. On April 6, at…