The Exotic Pet Trade


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Exotic birds and reptiles are fascinating creatures and many people across the globe love to keep and collect them. These animals have become valuable commodities as a result and so in spite of the laws in place to protect them, many species are being driven to the brink of extinction by the pet trade.

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Drones Represent New Terrorist Threat


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New technology makes our lives easier and more exciting. But criminals and terrorists also like to take advantage of the latest innovations and drones have proved to be no exception. Not so very long ago, a drone would have seemed like a highly futuristic device which would be beyond the budget of mere mortals, when […]

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

Doing Bird


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The Bird Man of Alcatraz was a 1962 movie starring Burt Lancaster which told the story of inmate Robert Stroud. This was the largely fictionalised account of a convicted murder who behaved badly in prison and so spent most of his time on “The Rock” in solitary confinement.

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

RSPB Embroiled in Feud with Landowners and Grouse Shooters


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A rare hen harrier which went missing in County Durham sparked an unpleasant feud between landowners, grouse shooters and conservationists last year. The bird in question, Highlander, had been fitted with a tracking device but this stopped transmitting in April. It was feared that the harrier had been deliberately killed to protect lucrative grouse moors.

Friday, February 10th, 2017

The Hawk Conservancy


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Your bird watching activities might usually be confined to enjoying the sight of garden birds at your bird feeders. Birds of prey are an altogether more dramatic sight which you are unlikely to enjoy in your garden, although you never know!

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

The British Homing World Show


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Dubbed Crufts for pigeons, the British Homing World Show of the Year has been held at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens for the past 40 years. This year’s event took place in January and 2500 pigeons arrived to compete to become Supreme Champion. The show was visited by 25,000 breeders and fans from across Europe.

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017