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Staff Blog 25th June 2014

THE THEME THIS week seems to be whether it’s easier or harder to be a bird fancier in Britain compared to, say, 50 years ago. While Brian Keenan reveals some surprising demographics on the current state of birdkeeping in the UK compared to other EU countries, Rosemary Low delves into the past and asks “were the good old days really so good?”

To see how the bird:people ratio in Britain compares to France or Greece, see page 6. Turn to page 16 to find out if Rosemary came to a conclusion. The approaching budgerigar show season can only mean one thing: it’s time for the all-important show-prep. Sam Wildes offers his top tips and states that for some people shows are the only time you actually meet your fellow exhibitors (see page 19).  Did you spot the printing error in last week’s issue?

More to the point, hands up if you DIDN’T spot it! This week’s News, page 2 is a reprint of what should have appeared in the June 18 issue. Annoying as it is, these things happen. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.  Earlier this month, the kind people at London Zoo invited me to one of its Zoo Lates events.

Every Friday night in June and July, the zoo opens its gates after hours and visitors can see what the animals really get up to after dark. There’s a busy schedule of animal feeds and keeper talks to choose from, but judging by the mass crowd at Penguin Beach, penguins were hands down the favourite. I even had to wait my turn to grab a quick snap with these Humboldts. Rob is on holiday and will be back in two weeks.

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