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  • Positive news on critical recoveries

    Positive news on critical recoveries

    20th February 2020

    Above: Least Concern but populations are decreasing, so could move up a gear on the road to extinction. Above, the scarlet ibis (Eudocimus ruber) © Shutterstock.com/Martin Mecnarowski   GLOBAL CONSERVATION ACTION has reduced the effective extinction rate of birds by…

  • AS trip: five-day visit to Czech Republic bird exhibits and zoos

    AS trip: five-day visit to Czech Republic bird exhibits and zoos

    18th February 2020

    Above: Rákos’ House at Prague Zoo is home to two species of blue macaws: the hyacinth macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus), above, and the Endangered Lear’s or indigo macaw © Shutterstock.com/AnnaElizabeth photography   THIS YEAR’S AVICULTURAL Society’s (AS) Europe trip is to…

  • Fires threaten almost eighty species of birds’ vital habitat

    Fires threaten almost eighty species of birds’ vital habitat

    13th February 2020

    Above: Glossy black cockatoos are native to Kangaroo Island, where half their habitat and that of 15 other species has been lost due to bushfires © Shutterstock.com/Jayden Gunn   DEVASTATING HABITAT LOSS caused by the recent Australian bushfires has hit…

  • Irish team smash medal record in Portugal

    Irish team smash medal record in Portugal

    11th February 2020

    Above: Donald Skinner-Reid, from the UK team, took a gold medal for his white Belgian fancy. After a total of 18 days away with the show conveyors, his birds are now home and settling back in to the birdroom Both…

  • Southern Border clubs combine to create ultimate show

    Southern Border clubs combine to create ultimate show

    4th February 2020

    Above: the show merger was decided after the Southern Border FCC and Wessex Border Club felt that both were drawing from the same pool of members, not only exhibitors but any people willing to take on roles which are vital…

  • AS relaunches two significant awards

    AS relaunches two significant awards

    28th January 2020

    Above: AS chairman Nigel Hewston (left) and Nigel Luxon, who accepted the 2019 Ezra Award on behalf of Peter White at the National Exhibition in October   DOUBLE AWARD CELEBRATIONS were held by the Avicultural Society (AS) towards the end…

  • FFF FOTY winners held on to top leaderboard spots for six weeks

    FFF FOTY winners held on to top leaderboard spots for six weeks

    21st January 2020

    Above, left: the 2019 FFF champion FOTY Kendall Stud: brother and sister Adam and Sharon, and their mum and dad who complete the family partnership. Adam said: ‘Showing as a family, sharing the birdkeeping experience, is why we love the…