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 What is the Raymond Sawyer Scholarship 2017?

A scheme whereby the Avicultural Society will commemorate the great aviculturist (the society’s long-time president) by funding one student to take part in the Conservation Breeding and Husbandry of Birds Workshop at Durrell Conservation Academy.

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Call to action for evidence of ring-related deformities

Best-mealy-redpoll-cock-JTHE BRITISH BIRD Council (BBC) and International Ornithological Association (IOA) are urging birdkeepers to send in photographic evidence of certain British bird species with deformed feet.

This plea follows the “unacceptable” proposal from DEFRA to treat northern British bird subspecies under a Class Licence (CL), rather than General Licence (GL) (see News, March 22 issue), which will affect plans to increase ring sizes in line with birds being bred in Europe.

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Budgerigar Society instigates two-year deal for newcomers

The-BS-standA BRAND NEW membership deal to get more budgerigar keepers involved with the Budgerigar Society (BS) has launched.

For the first time, new members signing up after October 1, 2017 will only have to pay £27.50 for the initial year, plus a £7.50 one-off joining fee, and will then receive another year’s membership for free.

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Raymond Sawyer Scholarship 2017 now open to applicants for husbandry course

simonA SECOND CHANCE to win a place on an intensive five-day bird husbandry training course at Jersey’s Durrell Conservation Academy (DCA) has been made possible, thanks to the Avicultural Society (AS).

The annual Raymond Sawyer Scholarship, funded by money left to the AS by the great aviculturist, allows one student under the age of 25 to take part in one of two specialist avian courses at Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust’s DCA. This year is the turn of the “Conservation breeding and husbandry of birds” workshop on November 6-10. Though in its sixth year at the DCA, it is only the second time this course has been offered to the Raymond Sawyer Scholarship.

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NCA's Chris Smith remains as chairman to fight Brexit concerns

Chris-Smith-and-Barry-MillsCHRIS SMITH HAS agreed to serve another term of office at the National Council for Aviculture (NCA) to guide the association following the Brexit vote.

Despite his previous intention to retire from the post of chairman, Mr Smith announced his decision to stay in the role until 2020 at the NCA’s AGM on April 8 in Coalville. Those present welcomed Mr Smith’s three-year term. No other nominations had been submitted for the role.

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