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  • Stolen African greys found dumped in box

    Stolen African greys found dumped in box

    22nd August 2019

    Above: Although owner Dillon Prest has celebrated the safe return of Burt and Daisy, two more parrots – a blue-and-gold macaw pair – are still missing   TWO PETSHOP PARROTS have been recovered alive in a cardboard box almost a…

  • Are you in it to win it at the Dome?

    Are you in it to win it at the Dome?

    22nd August 2019

    Above: Anticipation mounts: the audience (can you spot yourself?) await the final judging of the 2017 show, which was won by Ady Lovack’s light green   LESS THAN THREE weeks. That’s all you have left to get your entries in…

  • Even firebirds suffer as wildfires grow

    Even firebirds suffer as wildfires grow

    14th August 2019

    Above: A blackened trunk is just the home for a black-backed woodpecker. Forest fires are part of nature but are becoming more extensive – and more comprehensive – with climate change. Photo: Jean Hall FOREST FIRES ARE just part of…

  • School children sing for the Silent Forest

    School children sing for the Silent Forest

    13th August 2019

    Above: Layton School’s Year Five teacher Mr Snelling (left) with pupils and Harry from Blackpool Zoo’s education team at the Conservation Station   LOCAL SCHOOLCHILDREN’S PASSION for Blackpool Zoo’s threatened Asian songbirds has got them singing. During the last term…

  • First UK breeding of rare mutation

    First UK breeding of rare mutation

    27th July 2019

    Above: Photo: Don Dickson. One of Don’s Venezuelan blackwing budgerigar chicks: an opaline skyblue   A SPECIALIST BUDGERIGAR breeder from Edinburgh has achieved the first UK import and breeding of a rare mutation – the Venezuelan blackwing. (This first breeding…

  • Record number of rare macaw chicks fledge

    Record number of rare macaw chicks fledge

    18th July 2019

    Above: Time to fledge: the parent blue-throated macaws encouraging their young to leave the nest-box and explore the reserve. Photo: Asociación Armonía   THE 2018-2019 BREEDING season has seen a record number of Critically Endangered blue-throated macaw chicks (Ara glaucogularis)…