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Les Rance, Editor, The Parrot Society UK |

his is now the nineteenth edition of Bird Scene, how quickly three years goes when you are working on a project like an on-line magazine, this is the first FREE on-line bird magazine produced in the UK. At 48 pages this is quite a big read! Every time we post the Parrot Society magazine I cringe at the cost and after the recent changes when postal costs increased further the distribution expenses have become very costly, I just do not know how smaller clubs with limited funds will be able to continue printing a member’s magazine, maybe E-magazines are the way to go? This must be a great worry to many club officials. An e-magazine does not have this problem, or the expense of colour printing and from a slightly technical viewpoint the images do not need to be of such high resolution as those required for a printed magazine. As a result of increases to the costs of both postage and printing I am really pleased that we decided to produce Bird Scene as a FREE e-magazine. We have learnt a great deal over the last three years about this way of communicating with bird enthusiasts and I am sure that this knowledge will become more and



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more valuable as we see further increases in costs associated to paper magazines. Not directly related to Bird Scene but a project that has been helped tremendously from what we have learned about on-line magazines is work I am undertaking to produce our Parrot Society magazine (which has been published for 48 years) in an on-line format for overseas readers this will be especially appealing for members in Ireland who have to pay high postage costs to receive the paper magazine. I hope that this version will be available for 2015, sounds a long way off but it is only 3 more editions! Regular readers will know that Bird Scene has been produced to publicise The National Exhibition held each year at our October Sale Day/Show and to promote our Conservation efforts for threatened parrots in the wild. Previous editions are still to be found in an archive at the foot of the Home Page of our website and if you would like to see earlier versions then do please visit the Bird scene archive at In this edition we have an excellent article on the experiences of David

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