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Anna Temple wins 2017 AS award

flamingos11A KEEN AVICULTURIST who aspires to work in endangered species recovery and reintroductions has won an Avicultural Society (AS) funded place on a bird husbandry course in Jersey.

Twenty-one-yearold Anna Temple, Gateshead-born but living in Jarrow, will commence the five-day “Conservation breeding and husbandry of birds” workshop at Jersey’s Durrell Conservation Academy (DCA) in November. The opportunity was made possible by money left to the AS by the late Raymond Sawyer (see News, May 3).

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World's first display of rare magpie puts spotlight on Asian bird crisis

Javan green magpies1CHESTER ZOO HAS scored a world first in displaying Javan green magpies (Cissa thalassina), as it unveils its new multi-million pound Islands habitats.

August visitors to Chester Zoo, Cheshire, will get a first look at the £3million investment, which includes an indoor and outdoor area with a walkthrough aviary filled with dense planting, streams and waterfalls for Asian songbirds, such as Critically Endangered Javan green magpie, Asian fairy-bluebirds (Irena puella) and Endangered Sumatran laughingthrush (Garrulax bicolor).

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Walsall CBS grant Siberian/Northern exhibits their own section from 2017

scheduleA NEW SIBERIAN & Northern section has been added to Walsall CBS’s annual open shows to replace a single class.

Officials say the eight-class section is an incentive to new and old fanciers to exhibit their Siberian/Northern birds. Previously, there was only one class for Siberian/ Northern exhibits, and this had been tagged onto the end of the British classification.

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Blue Lizards to go it alone for second year

WIN 20161218_12_50_16_Pro1117A STAND-ALONE OPEN show has been confirmed for a second year for the Blue Lizard Canary Club (BLCC) – along with a new venue.

The news comes after the success of its first show in 2016, five years after the club’s formation (see News, March 3, 2016).

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BS seeks members' feedback on proposed Premier Champion title

Champion-young-bird-section-copyTHE BUDGERIGAR SOCIETY (BS) is asking members to make their opinions known with immediate effect about its proposed Premier Champion title.

Following on from the announcement that the BS plans to give extra showing incentives to champion exhibitors by introducing a new ultimate Premier Champion title (see News, June 28), it is keen for its membership to get in touch in writing with feedback. If agreed, the title will be effective from the 2018 Club Show.

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