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High hopes for entry increase at the 'show of shows'

IMG 0598WITH JUST UNDER a week before entries close for this year’s Budgerigar Society (BS) Club Show, officials are hoping for its highest entry in recent years.

Exhibitors at the Dome in Doncaster, on September 30 and October 1, can expect a number of incentives, including commemorative teaspoons showing the colour and year of ring-issue (blue for 2017) for those who bench eight cages or more (excluding sales).

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Carves pictorial ideal honours 80th year of the Northern BS

IMG 30435A CARVING BASED on the Budgerigar Society’s (BS) pictorial of the ideal exhibition budgerigar has been commissioned for the Northern BS’s 80th celebration.

The bespoke wood carving of a light green budgerigar has been donated by fanciers Raymond & Jim Rogerson, from Longhorsley, Northumberland, and was created by their brother Denis Rogerson.

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DEFRA stalls on Class Licence plans

Mealy-redpoll-cock-by-JDEFRA’S LATEST DECISION to delay its proposal for a Class Licence (CL) for Northern British bird subspecies has left the hobby “in limbo”, says the British Bird Council (BBC).

In March, the proposal was branded “unacceptable” by the BBC and International Ornithological Association (IOA), who argued that a CL instead of a General Licence (GL) would affect plans to increase ring sizes in line with birds being bred in Europe.

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Mongo creator plans East Mids visit for birds' debut

Red-black-mognosFRITZ HEILER, ONE of the mogno canary’s creators, will judge the East Midlands CCBA zone show to mark the variety’s first year on the UK show bench.

The new colour canary mutation gained its COM show standard earlier this year, and East Midlands CCBA is one of the first UK clubs to exhibit the birds.

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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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