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  • COM: the 2021 World Show is on… in Portugal

    COM: the 2021 World Show is on… in Portugal

    13th October 2020

    Above: The 2021 World Show is planned to be held in the city of Santarem, Portugal, about 60km (37 miles) from Lisbon airport. COM has agreed that Valencia is to host the 2022 show   WORLD SHOW ORGANISERS have accepted a…

  • Chain migration discovered in swifts

    Chain migration discovered in swifts

    8th October 2020

    Above: The researchers tracked 102 swifts (Apus apus) on their journey to Africa, from 11 different populations that nest in Europe, from Swedish Lapland in the north to Spain in the south. Micro data-loggers attached to the birds allowed researchers…

  • African grey parrot trafficker faces trial

    African grey parrot trafficker faces trial

    1st October 2020

    Above: Despite having the highest legal protection in Cameroon, wild African grey parrots are facing extinction due to poaching for the illegal wildlife trade © Shutterstock.com/MrKawa   AN ILLEGAL SHIPMENT of Endangered African grey parrots has been intercepted in Cameroon, saving…

  • Victory in the row over lead shot ban

    Victory in the row over lead shot ban

    24th September 2020

    Above: Lead ban success: support for the proposed ban came from hunters, scientists, EU ministers, conservation NGOs and the wider public, the WWT reports. Birds often mistake tiny shot pellets for grit or seeds and ingest them. Results of the…

  • Natives & Norwich new online venture sparks huge interest

    Natives & Norwich new online venture sparks huge interest

    22nd September 2020

    Above: Rory O Connor (far left) with some of the Natives & Norwich Facebook group’s admin team. Founding members Paul Gilchrist and Dave Coughlan are pictured third and second from right, respectively. Natives & Norwich was set up in 2013…

  • Virtual zebbie competition welcomes overseas support

    Virtual zebbie competition welcomes overseas support

    15th September 2020

    Above: Swapping the real bench for an online bench: Midland ZFC will host its first-ever international virtual show later this month. Results are to be revealed on its Facebook page. Judges will not view the birds in person, instead they…

  • New book celebrates 200-plus bird images taken during 2019

    New book celebrates 200-plus bird images taken during 2019

    8th September 2020

    Above: Cormorant Underwater View (above): a Brandt’s cormorant (Urile penicillatus) taken by French photographer Greg Lecoeur in Mexico. This image won silver in the Photographer Of The Year Best Portrait category. Mr Lecoeur said: ‘To achieve this portrait, rather than…