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Les Rance, Editor, The Parrot Society UK | www.theparrotsocietyuk.org


was delighted with the success of The National Exhibition held at Stafford County Showground on Sunday 8th October. It was a vibrant event and very well supported by the 18 clubs that work hard to ensure that this is the premier cage bird exhibition held in the UK each year. In this edition are a range of excellent images taken by Neil Randle who is an accomplished photographer and the designer of both this on-line publication and our monthly P.S. member’s monthly magazine. At this time of year we are always aware of the possible threat from Avian Flu carried by migratory birds on their move south during the winter months, fortunately at the time of writing there are as far as I am aware no problems at the present time. Bird keeping is a relaxing past time, however, for hobbyist breeders that keep their birds in unheated aviaries the poor weather experienced during the winter months it can also be a worrying time. Those who keep their stock in breeding rooms where they can easily turn up the heating however are in a far more satisfactory position.


04 BIRD SCENE


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In this edition of Bird Scene we are very pleased to have an excellent article from Gerald Massey on the wonderful Zebra Finch an Australian species that has been a firm favourite in aviculture for many years and an excellent bird for the beginner. Additional articles are:- • After 20 years, good news about the • Amazons of Tamaulipas, Mexico • Conservation of the Scarlet Macaw • A Millennium Trip Down Memory Lane


The National Exhibition


This is now the thirty seventh edition of Bird Scene, how quickly six and a half years can pass when you are working on a project – 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. Postal costs appear to have increased far faster than inflation and if The Royal Mail are not careful they will find that their income will reduce even further as people and businesses send less and less by conventional means. These costs obviously affect bird clubs when the show schedules have to be


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