IT’S FAIRLY SIMPLE, really. When hobbyist birdkeepers stage events where stock is bought and sold, we do so under special dispensation from DEFRA, on the strict understanding that we are creating a market for the dispersal of our legitimate surplus stock as hobbyist breeders. We are not licensed as bird dealers or as petshops. The typical stock at a sales event, whether in a small club hall or filling the Stafford Showground, will consist of the produce of a successful breeding season, which we need to move on in order to allow ample space for our continued breeding programme.
I labour the point because the Parrot Society (PS) has introduced new regulations regarding the sale of rarer softbills and seedeaters at its events, including this October’s National Exhibition (see News, page 2). Which softbills and seedeaters exactly, you might ask? Well, there’s a rather unwieldy list of “species and their relations” on the PS website, which seems to have morphed somewhat since I first looked at it. Nonetheless, as I said, it’s fairly simple really. If you plan to sell parrots (as a PS member), or finches, canaries, budgerigars and aviary species of doves, quail and fancy pigeons (as a non-member), the new regulations won’t affect you; with other species, they may well. However:
1. If you’re in any doubt, simply check with the PS.
2. The new regulations amount to a straightforward “six months’ possession” declaration. If you can sign up to that, then it’s business as usual... which means that if you’ve had a great breeding season with your white-eared sibias and wish to move some of the youngsters on – see you at Stafford!
■ Ed Quote of the Week: For “apoplexy”, the fancier is told: “The little sufferer… should be taken out of the cage, placed in the palm of the left hand, and its head dipped in cold water.” Fancy more health-giving treatments from the 1920s? See page 12.
■ I’ve written previously about how brilliant some of the “birdroom safaris” sound that are organised by clubs. Well, just check out the “mystery tour” variant organised by the Northern BS this year (see page 20). What an amazing itinerary: from Carlisle to Merseyside to Cheshire and then the South-West. Quality all the way. Fantastic!
Enjoy your birds this week.
In the July 20, 2016, issue of Cage & Aviary Birds, being a fully qualified judge in the UK and on the Continent has given Graham Lee the opportunity to see how both judging systems work. Here, he offers some pointers for fanciers thinking of exhibiting their birds at home or abroad
In news, we report that new regulations have been applied to the sale of rarer softbills and seedeaters at all Parrot Society (PS) events, including the National Exhibition.
As Willy Newlands delved into the pages of his latest choice from the classics on his shelves, he concluded that while the birds are the same as always, their owners and their medicinal techniques have changed profoundly
Terry Kelly follows up his article two weeks ago with a consideration of breeding tactics for some of his favourite Fife canaries: the greens, cinnamons, whites and fawns
'Bird boy' Graham Wellstead gained immense experience in hand-rearing and rehabilitating wild creatures, including many from the environs of his local river in Surrey
Plus lots more, including Gail Harland's Webbed Feet, budgerigars, Alderton's Observations and Marketplace.