In India, opium poppies are grown under strict government control. Each farmer’s yield is closely monitored to ensure that all of the poppy seeds which are harvested are delivered into the hands of the authorities.
British wildlife is incredibly diverse. It is possible to attract a variety of fascinating creatures into your garden, even if you live in an urban area. One of the more colourful and exotic looking visitors that you might be able to enjoy is the beautiful goldfinch.
Two teenagers from Somerset have won the GSK UK Young Scientists of the Year award at the annual Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers competition. George Rabin and Ed Thurlow won their award after conducting a study of garden birds. The duo wanted to investigate which colour birds are most attracted to and the […]
Geese and swans can be extremely feisty as I found out as a young child. I slipped whilst walking around the edge of a pond and ended up in the water. A nearby swan was less than amused by my sudden invasion of his territory and promptly clamped his beak around my big toe! I […]
Wild bird feeders are popular investments and it isn’t difficult to see why. Enabling you to watch a wide variety of birds in your own garden, feeders are inexpensive and so provide hours of cheap entertainment! (Sorry!) But in your enthusiasm to feed the birds you could be causing a few issues. All that food […]
In 2013 a Belgian bird was purchased by a Chinese enthusiast for 310,000 euro and became the world’s most expensive racing pigeon. Bolt, named after sprinter Usain Bolt, was the subject of much media attention with his impressive price tag. But now the cost of this bird has been eclipsed by an even more incredible […]
When it comes to pet birds, budgies are top of the pops, but why have these diminutive birds always been so popular? Budgerigars are one of the smallest parrot species in their world. They were first imported to Britain in 1840 and their natural colouring is green and yellow. Numerous mutations in captive bred birds […]
Millions of eggs sold in the UK will temporarily lose their free-range status following measures to prevent the spread of bird flu. Since December poultry has had to be kept indoors due to Government orders. But under European Union Rules, the eggs of birds which have been housed for more than 12 weeks cannot be […]
If you love animals, then you have probably noticed the trend for animal cafes. More and more of these establishments are springing up all over the world giving visitors the opportunity to enjoy their tea or coffee in the company of a variety of furry friends. Most of these cafes feature cats and dogs but […]
Darren Chick (great name!) lost his African grey parrot Nigel and after four years had given up hope of ever seeing him again. But he was eventually reunited with his feathered friend through the bird’s microchip and the efforts of a local vet.