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  • Calling all readers: help try to  re-draft DEFRA’s shock plans

    Calling all readers: help try to re-draft DEFRA’s shock plans

    28th March 2018

    Above: the NCA’s Chris Smith said the AAL guidance notes refer to a trading income threshold of £1,000: ‘This means many canary and budgie breeders falling under this threshold would not be considered in the context of a business’ CLICK HERE to…

  • Fancy in disgust as birdroom of deceased breeder targeted in raid

    Fancy in disgust as birdroom of deceased breeder targeted in raid

    27th March 2018

    Above: Champion exhibitor Gary Cheeseman passed away a day before his 60th birthday. As the news sunk in for family members, thieves emptied his birdroom SICK CRIMINALS HAVE stolen exhibition birds from Gary Cheeseman’s birdroom – four days after his death.…

  • Latest issue March 21

    19th March 2018

    In the March 14 2018, issue of Cage & Aviary Birds, Les Rance concludes his three-part series on colony-breeding budgerigars with advice on wire gauges, perches and pests. For previous instalments, see February 7 and 28 issues.   In news, we report that…

  • Giant sky bird snap is shortlisted for photography award

    Giant sky bird snap is shortlisted for photography award

    19th March 2018

    Photo: Daniel Biber. The ‘giant bird’ mumuration occurred near Sant Pere Pescador, Spain. Photographer Daniel Biber said he got lucky with his shot as the shape quickly disintegrated  THIS INCREDIBLY RARE photo opportunity of a starling mumuration in the shape…

  • DEFRA drops licensing bombshell

    DEFRA drops licensing bombshell

    19th March 2018

    Above: Not only bird sales, but those of mammals, reptiles, fish and amphibians will be equally affected if DEFRA’s blanket Animal Activities Licence (AAL) is introduced. The NCA’s Chris Smith told C&AB he was surprised the proposed regulations had got to…

  • Pytilia species earmarked for the 2018 WFS Target Species award

    Pytilia species earmarked for the 2018 WFS Target Species award

    19th March 2018

    Photo: Tony Tilford. Red-cheeked Cordon Bleu. Thirteen WFS members took on the 2017 Target Species challenge and between them bred 120 chicks THE WAXBILL FINCH Society (WFS) has challenged members to breed red-winged pytilia (Pytilia phoenicoptera) this year, to help reverse…

  • Hayle park displays first Abyssinian lovebird chick

    Hayle park displays first Abyssinian lovebird chick

    12th March 2018

    Photo: Paradise Park. The new family: the chick can be seen in the background, with Rosie and Valentine at the front. Paradise Park birdkeepers are keen to establish its first-ever breeding colony of Abyssinian lovebirds THE FIRST EVER Abyssinian lovebird (Agapornis…

  • Fife theft leaves family distraught

    Fife theft leaves family distraught

    12th March 2018

    Above: empty cages and evidence of forced entry. The theft of 31 Fifes has left the elderly victim in shock. His daughter said: ‘We’re devastated for him. He is very disheartened.’ THE DAUGHTER OF an elderly pensioner, who had his Fife…