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  • AS: ‘First-breeding achievers join exclusive club of aviculture greats’

    AS: ‘First-breeding achievers join exclusive club of aviculture greats’

    3rd March 2018

    A LINCOLNSHIRE WEAVER specialist has received official recognition by the Avicultural Society (AS) for the UK’s first breeding of the chestnut-and-black weaver (Ploceus castaneofuscus). On March 24, at Cotswold Wildlife Park, Oxfordshire, AS president Christopher Marler presented a first-breeding medal…

  • Project sees first hand-reared godwits leave the UK

    Project sees first hand-reared godwits leave the UK

    26th February 2018

    Photo: David Morris. An adult black-tailed godwit: ornithologists have reported seeing two hand-reared species in a flock on the Tagus Estuary near Lisbon  THE FIRST EVER black-tailed godwits (Limosa limosa) to be released into the wild under a new conservation programme…

  • Bristol club names Bob Allen as deserving member of new award

    Bristol club names Bob Allen as deserving member of new award

    26th February 2018

    Above: Proud winner: Bob Allen (left) accepts the first Member of the Year award from club chairman Alan Ford. Other roles that Mr Allen – a retired BS panel judge – holds at Bristol BS include show secretary and biosecurity officer…

  • New biosecurity rules add pressure to Stafford show

    New biosecurity rules add pressure to Stafford show

    20th February 2018

    Above: Mr Smith told Cage & Aviary Birds: ‘I wasn’t aware that this extra paperwork was needed until my meeting with DEFRA and Staffordshire County Council. It has cost me in stamps to post the biosecurity advice and declaration forms out…

  • Little owl exhibition to celebrate Bath’s history

    Little owl exhibition to celebrate Bath’s history

    19th February 2018

    Above: Event organiser Megan Witty with a little owl. The summer trail is inspired by the Roman goddess Minerva, whose symbol was the owl of wisdom and to whom the Roman Baths Temple was dedicated to in the first century AD…

  • Hawfinch invaders: will they now breed?

    Hawfinch invaders: will they now breed?

    12th February 2018

    Photo: Karl Price. Hawfinch: one of the scarcest and most elusive of our native finches HAWFINCHES PUSHED INTO the UK in search of food last autumn could stay on here to nest, says the British Trust of Ornithology (BTO). During October…

  • WPT appeal helps seize at-risk parrots

    WPT appeal helps seize at-risk parrots

    12th February 2018

    Photo: Richcareyzim/Dreamstime. Chattering lorries are classed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List  A CAMPAIGN TO raise money for parrots at risk of persecution has exceeded its target, and already funded the rescue of 100-plus birds from illegal  trade. The…

  • Critical action needed for endemic island species and Australian parrot

    Critical action needed for endemic island species and Australian parrot

    12th February 2018

    Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Tobias A WORRYING NUMBER of birds are more dependent on Papua New Guinea’s diminishing habitats than previously thought, say experts, who are calling for urgent action. Between 1989 and 2000, more than 20 per cent of lowland forest in New…