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Specialist judges booked to boost Bengalese and budgerigar classes

Section-winners-2012A SCOTTISH BIRD club aims to revive the Bengalese finch and budgerigar sections at its 130th open show.

Markinch Ornithological Society (OS) Cage Bird Section has experienced a steady decline of exhibits in its Bengalese classes since 1998, partly due to none of its club members keeping and exhibiting this species. In a bid to attract exhibitors, this year it has booked top judge and breeder Liz Murray from Dumfries. Officials also hope to see more budgerigars benched, with specialist judge, John Newall, engaged.

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Display birds of prey stolen at Welsh festival

great-grey-owlTHIEVES HAVE STOLEN two valuable birds of prey from the back of a falconer’s van following a display at a festival in Cowbridge, Wales.

An eagle and a great grey owl were taken from the boot of Jason Ashcroft’s car on May 29.

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Cheshire society assigns its first liaison officer to target beginners

eric-littlehalesA NEW COMMITTEE role has been created for South West Lancs Budgerigar Society (BS) to nurture and retain beginners.

Eric Littlehales, 70, from Wrexham, North Wales, is the club’s first new member/beginner liaison officer – a role that was introduced in April this year.

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Thriving Irish Gloster club launches stand-alone show

MAINFOLLOWING AN EGM last month, the South of Ireland Gloster Association (SIGA) has decided to go it alone for its 2018 open show.

For the past three years, the club has been sharing a show with Kilkenny Show Bird Society (SBS), due to financial difficulties.

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Thieves clear out kakariki breeder to the tune of £20,000

collageA SPECIALIST PARROT breeder from Dewsbury, Yorkshire, has had almost his entire collection of kakariki stolen in a premeditated raid.

More than 100 birds with a total value of about £20,000 were taken overnight between May 16-17. Private breeder Chris Kendrick and his wife Jayne woke the next morning to find their birdroom and aviaries had been broken into.

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