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  • Falconry dream takes flight thanks to bank’s backing

    Falconry dream takes flight thanks to bank’s backing

    11th July 2019

    Above: bird-of-prey expert Martin Ballam’s dream has become a reality, with the opening of the Dorset Falconry Park   A NEW FALCONRY centre opened last month thanks to the vision of an entrepreneurial bird-of-prey expert and a six-figure funding package…

  • Rains drown hundreds  of pufflings in the Farnes

    Rains drown hundreds of pufflings in the Farnes

    9th July 2019

    Above: This summer the puffin population will be severely depleted by a single rainstorm © Shutterstock.com/Attila JANDI   EXTREME WEATHER DROWNED hundreds of young Farne Islands puffins when their burrows were flooded by almost five inches (12 cm) of rain…

  • Raptor protection programme goes nationwide

    Raptor protection programme goes nationwide

    5th July 2019

    Above: It is key for the success of the bird-of-prey scheme that landowners and their managers engage with it. Photo: North Yorkshire Police   AN INITIATIVE TO protect birds of prey from persecution, which has been trialled in North Yorkshire…

  • ‘Burglars won’t beat me,’ swears brave theft victim

    ‘Burglars won’t beat me,’ swears brave theft victim

    3rd July 2019

    Above: Young chicks like these Bengalese finches, similar to the ones left behind in Leslie Fry’s shed, will not survive without their parents to rear them. Photo: Tony Edwards   DISABLED PENSIONER LESLIE Fry, an avid birdkeeper for 69 years,…

  • Longtails: on the show bench, and in from the cold?

    Longtails: on the show bench, and in from the cold?

    25th June 2019

    Above: Longtail: welcome in the new classes at this year’s Western Premier Specialist & Rare Variety Budgerigar Show. Judge Jeff Attwood says longtail classes may not be as popular at rare variety shows, because clearwings, dilutes, recessive pieds etc, don’t…

  • Parrot safety net made stronger with new arrivals

    Parrot safety net made stronger with new arrivals

    20th June 2019

    Above: Welcomed package: three of the newly arrived St Lucia parrots at ACTP’s safety-net population in Germany. Photo: ACTP e.V Facebook Page   A “PARCEL” OF parrots arrived in Germany recently to boost the numbers and gene pool of St…

  • Stolen parrots escaped capture and were found four days later

    Stolen parrots escaped capture and were found four days later

    11th June 2019

    Above: a breeding pair of African grey parrots (example pictured) were stolen from Kim Hawkins’ set-up, but were returned home safe just four days later © Shutterstock.com/Ivana P. Nikolic   A DISTRAUGHT FANCIER who had his breeding pair of African…

  • 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…