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FBL signals a possible first-breeding rush

THE NUMBER OF different species bred by Foreign Bird League (FBL) members in 2016 has increased by 35 since 2015, and includes nine potential first breedings for members.

The results come from the FBL’s 2016 Breeding Record Scheme report, (recently released), which states species bred are up from 109 in 2015 to 144 for 2016.

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Folded society funds local bird community

owlFUNDS FROM THE recently dissolved Wigtownshire C&AB Society have been shared between two bird clubs and one wildlife rescue centre.

Last month, four remaining members of the Scottish society reluctantly agreed to dissolve it with effect from June 30, due to a terminal lack of active members.

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Illegal trade in lorikeets spikes in Indonesia

Evidence-of-wildlife-smuggling-raids-2TWENTY-FIVE ILLEGALLY TRAPPED lories and lorikeets have been confiscated on an Indonesian island, days after government officials and conservation organisations met to tackle illegal trapping.

The meeting, held last month on Halmahera, North Maluku, Indonesia, was sponsored by the World Parrot Trust, based at Paradise Park, Hayle, Cornwall, and represented by Mehd Halaouate.

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New Fife club for the Home Counties

Fife-novice-class-green-variegated-buff-hen-M.--CFIFE CANARY FANCIERS in the Home Counties have united to replace the area’s long-established Kent & Sussex Fife FCC (K&SFFCC), which closed last December.

Discussions for a new club – Essex, Kent & Home Counties Fife FCC – began in January, following the K&SFFCC’s closure due to a lack of working members. Those involved in the formation of the new club believe it will thrive now it is targeting support from a wider Fife canary audience in the south of England, and as far as Oxford.

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PS wins DEFRA clarity over African grey licences

African-greyTHE PARROT SOCIETY (PS) has met with DEFRA/ CITES Wildlife Registration officials to clarify the regulations relating to documentation for African greys, following the species’ uplisting to Appendix 1/ Annex A of CITES.

As of February 4, all African greys entered into trade within the EU, or imported/ (re)exported out of the EU require Article 10 licences from CITES, and must have either a closed ID ring or a microchip. Commercial or hobbyists breeders who breed African greys to sell the chicks must comply with CITES, the PS stresses.

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