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  • White storks nest in West Sussex

    White storks nest in West Sussex

    6th June 2019

    Above: Promising signs: a pair of white storks have been seen building a nest in an oak tree at the Knepp Estate   A PROGRAMME TO help white storks breed once more in southern England has had its first signs…

  • Online raffle: win quality birds from top UK and international breeders

    Online raffle: win quality birds from top UK and international breeders

    6th June 2019

    Above: Raffle prizes (from left): Daniel Lutölf’s quality 2019-bred hen and Simon Gage’s December 2018-bred cinnamon sky pied hen   A FORWARD-THINKING BUDGERIGAR club that ran the first-ever electronically screened online raffle at a UK show in 2018, says this year’s…

  • World’s first brain surgery on a bird

    World’s first brain surgery on a bird

    31st May 2019

    Above: The young kakapo after the first ever brain surgery on a bird. Photo: Massey Wildbase Hospital     IN A FIRST for avian medicine, an unfledged kakapo chick (Strigops habroptilus) was given life-saving brain surgery. With only 144 kakapo left…

  • New zebbie mutation venture gains own section at Stafford

    New zebbie mutation venture gains own section at Stafford

    31st May 2019

    Above: Interesting mutations bred by and photographed by Trevor Mayes. Left is a black-cheeked black-breasted normal grey hen. Right is a black-faced black-breasted grey-cheeked cock. Photo: Trevor Mayes   RARE ZEBRA FINCH mutations will have a stand-alone section at the 2019…

  • 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…