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  • Bird shows/events get green light from DEFRA

    Bird shows/events get green light from DEFRA

    26th May 2021

    Above: We’re back: shows/events can go ahead following the lifting of a bird gatherings ban   DEFRA HAS LIFTED the bird gatherings ban which has covered England, Scotland and Wales for the past five months. As of April 21, bird gatherings, including…

  • Show cages in crisis: new deal secures future for Scots fancies

    Show cages in crisis: new deal secures future for Scots fancies

    26th May 2021

    Above: The Italian-made STA cage: an SFSC member brought the model to the club’s attention as being suitable for showing the breed   THE Scots Fancy Specialist Club (SFSC) has secured a new manufacturer and importer for the breed’s show…

  • Points scheme opens up competition for FCC-affiliated shows

    Points scheme opens up competition for FCC-affiliated shows

    20th April 2021

    Above: The FCC Exhibitor of the Year competition will commence at the Council’s first members’ show, North Staffs & South Cheshire FFCC on October 3. The competition will come to an end at the last show, held by East Anglian…

  • Badges are commissioned to raise awareness of a rare island turaco

    Badges are commissioned to raise awareness of a rare island turaco

    13th April 2021

    Above: the International Turaco Society has donated 300 pins to Zabiso to assist with species’ fundraising and public awareness in Zanzibar. Zanzibar turacos are found only on a small reserve in the island’s centre, in the tiny area around Jozani…

  • Pheasant painting to be raffled for conservation funding

    Pheasant painting to be raffled for conservation funding

    6th April 2021

    Above: Raffle prize: the framed painting measures 50cm x 40cm (approx). The winning raffle ticket will be drawn by the artist Jonathan Pointer (www.pointer-wildlife-art.co.uk)   AN ORIGINAL PAINTING of a pair of the very rare Vietnam pheasant (Lophura edwardsi) is…

  • Bird gatherings ban remains as avian flu measures relax

    Bird gatherings ban remains as avian flu measures relax

    29th March 2021

    Above: Bird gatherings were banned in England, Scotland and Wales after the general licence was revoked on November 11, 2020. In NI, the general licence was revoked on December 1, 2020   MARCH 31 WILL be the last day when…

  • Finch pair donation leads to club and charity fundraiser

    Finch pair donation leads to club and charity fundraiser

    23rd March 2021

    Above: The donated seagreen parrot finches: won by AFS member Gerard Barrett. The branch’s most recent raffle of dusky mannikins came to an end on March 20. Members took part by picking a lottery bonus ball number prior to that…

  • Malaysia’s iconic songbird was smuggling focus in 2020

    Malaysia’s iconic songbird was smuggling focus in 2020

    18th March 2021

    Above: Oriental magpie-robin: trapped to near-extinction in the wild in Singapore in the 1980s and warranted a conservation reintroduction programme. Seizures of this species in Malaysia during January 2015 to December 2020 took place in only four states, implicating these…