Avian Veterinary Surgeon Alan Jones has now given up full-time veterinary practice to enjoy some much-needed time off – well at least two days a week to start with! He still runs part-time clinics at The British Wildlife Centre, Lingfield, Surrey and Eagle Heights Wildlife Park, Eynsford, Kent, as well as less-frequent clinics at Arkpets, Maidstone, and Mark Nelson’s Veterinary Clinic in Thornton Heath. For full details see the website www.birdvet.co.uk.
A chef has appeared at Bedford magistrates Court accused of killing and taking a Swan on the river embankment.
Mohammed Miah, 29, was arrested following alleged killing of the bird which is protected by law near to the Swan Hotel in the town. Mr Miah, a local man appeared before magistrates of killing and theft of the Swan.
The case was adjourned until Thursday 27 May
A £500 reward has been put up for grabs after a nesting Moorhen was shot dead at the well known lakes at Redhill, Surrey.
The Surry Police have said the bird was shot twice with lead pellets, probably from an airgun. PC Jo Dootson, Wildlife Officer for the area said, “I am sure residents of Earlswood will be disgusted by the attack on a defenceless bird.”
She has said that the Police will seek to find and prosecute those responsible under the Wildlife & Countryside Act.
Its not known if the bird was breeding with youngsters but it seems to reflect our society where the care and understanding of wild animals within our schools is of a low priority.
If any club secretary of a National & Regional OPEN show sends details of their dates and venue together with contact details, we will up-date our records – and publish. Send details to firstname.lastname@example.org to get your show added to the list.
3-4 Specialist & Rare Variety Budgerigar show
11 South Hants Budgerigar Society
25 London & Southern Counties Budgerigar Society
29 Welsh Budgerigar Society
4 Midland Budgerigar Association
5 National Bengalese Fanciers’ Association
19 Northern Budgerigar Society
2-3 Budgerigar Society Club Show – Doncaster
2-3 Southern Border Fancy Canary Club
3 Northern Gloster Fancy Canary Club
9 Cornish Border Fancy Canary Club
10 Gloster Fancy Specialist Society
16 Wessex Border Fancy Canary Club
16-17 International Gloster Breeders Association
7 Southern Gloster Canary Club
7 Southern Norwich Canary Club
14 North of England Fife Fancy Canary Club
14 North of England Gloster Club
20-21 British Border Fancy Canary Club
20-21 Canary Colour Breeders Association
27 Sussex & Kent Border Fancy Canary Club
16 Welsh National
A resident of the Burnham Market parish Council in Norfolk has sent a letter threatening legal action to stop cockerels being kept on an allotment. He has complained about the noise.
The Allotments Act 1950 states hens and rabbits are allowed – but cockerels are not mentioned, Burnham Market Parish Council says, the cockerels may be classed as illegal and is taking legal advice. A petition has been organised within the viaage and the surrounding area to keep the birds just where they are.
Petition organiser Robin Thomas said: “If people move to the country they must expect rural sounds. “Quite frankly, if they don’t, why come here?”
People on the allotments think the situation is “bloomin’ stupid” according to Charlie Neale, who owns a cockerel on the site.
A parish council spokesperson said that allotment holders had tried to quieten their cockerels down by shutting them away during the night and reducing their numbers. The council has received two written complaints and a handful of verbal ones. The complainant who wrote threatening legal action was unavailable for comment.
More than 120 signatures have been gathered for the petition so far and many shops in the village have put up signs supporting the “Save Our Cockerels” campaign.
May be this is the beginning of a fight back to stop those town folk moving to the country – and then trying to change what is so good about rural areas. Yes – the World has gone mad!
A Tawny Owl is feeding two ducklings born 30ft up a tree after their mother – a Mandarin, laid her eggs in the wrong nest.
Expecting to see owlets after four eggs appeared in the box, Mary Hartley saw two Mandarin ducklings jumping around inside. All thanks to her nestbox camera. She says, Owls have been nesting in her garden for the past 25 years. However, this is the first time Mandarins have laid eggs in an Owl box 30ft up a tree. Somehow the Owl is feeding the ducklings but Mary says they are not especially fond of meat!
Blue Tits have nested in an astray outside Halstead Snooker Club in Essex. The birds have nested in those boxes where smokers dump their butts at the front and back of the building. The owners of the club, Andy and Tara Mizon noticed the chicks had hatched last Thursday. They have now placed “out of use” noticed on the boxes making sure smokers do not use the boxes for a few weeks.
Five baby Humbolt Penguins have left Dudley Zoo to be part of a worldwide breeding programme. The birds have been transferred to Birdland Park, Burton-on-the-Water. The four females and a single mate, all aged two years will boost the Cotswold’s breeding colony.
Last year another five Penguins were sent from Dudley to Exmoor Zoological Gardens. Since establishing the colony at Dudley, more than 150 chicks have been reraed, with youngsters being transferred to nine different collections throught the UK.
Zoo Curator, Matt Lewis says they have one of the best breeding programmes in the country and usually about a dozen chicks are reared every year.
The AGM of the Budgerigar Society took place on Sunday 9th May. David Herring from Sunderland, the former society Publicity Officer was installed as President. David has been a hard worker for the society for many years and will be a worthy President, doing his best to promote the Budgerigar Society throughout the UK and overseas.
George Booth was re-appointed as Chairman.
The society is holding a Convention at Southport 11th – 13th June. It includes a show, speakers and will be a great social weekend. Further details about the Convention and the society are available at WWW.budgerigarsociety.com
Purbeck Art Week attracts all forms of artwork from Dorset artists but this year, top Wild Bird artist, Roy Aplin will be displaying some of his work at Rollington Barn, Rollington Farm, Studland Road, Corfe Castle BH20 5JG.
More than 80 artists will be displaying their work in a fabulous setting in a huge stone farm building just outside Corfe Castle. The exhibition is open every day 10am to 6pm. Further details about Purbeck Art Weeks – www.purbeckartweek.co.uk