> We were hoping to visit Paradise Park in Cornwall in June, but that will no longer be possible owing to coronavirus lockdown. meanwhile, we can enjoy the live webcam of their Scarlet macaw chicks - Scarlet macaw nestcam
> Coronavirus pandemic: Boris Johnson's latest edict on 10/11 May suggests that major public gatherings like our shows will not be permitted at least before the autumn. Our Summer Show at Stafford County Showground scheduled for 5th July is already cancelled, and it looks probable that the National Exhibition for 3/4 October will not go ahead either. We will make a final decision within the next month. Look out for updates here, as and when we know more. We are monitoring the situation on a daily basis, and will post the latest information here or on our Facebook page. Lockdown regulations have led to restricted activity at the Parrot Society office in Berkhamsted. Our secretary Les Rance will be working mostly from home, so email contact will be easier than telephone. Other officers - as listed on Officers and Trustees are also available via their listed contact details.
> Lost Parrots: It seems that while we are in lockdown, but having warm sunny weather, many more parrots are escaping through open doors and windows! nearly every day we are receiving reports of missing birds. Mostly African grey parrots, as usual. Take extra care, and remember that if your bird's wings are clipped, they do moult out and grow back! One lady, distraught over her missing bird, commented "But his wings were clipped". Turns out it was done two years ago! Our list of lost and found birds is updated daily - see lost-and-found-parrots
> The Avicultural Society has passed us the following information about an available scholarship on avicultural techniques: "The Raymond Sawyer scholarship program is open to applications for 2020. The scholarship offers one successful applicant a place on the avian egg incubation workshop to be run at the Durrell Conservation Academy (DCA) in Jersey. The Avicultural Society funded scholarship is open to applicants of any nationality, either amateur, professional or student aviculturalist under the age of 25. The aim of the workshop is to help improve avicultural techniques and understanding, covering embryo and membrane development, as well as hatching techniques. It will run from November 2-6 2020 and in the case of the course being cancelled the scholarship will be valid for the following workshop. This could be something that would benefit younger members and they would like to know about. Attached is the link to the cage and aviary birds article and is how applicants apply- Scholarship application
> We are pleased to announce that PSUK Conservation funding has been put to good use in the Western Caribbean at Belize Bird Rescue, in the purchase of essential veterinary equipment. For full details and pictures go to the end of the previously published article - British Couple Saving Parrots in Belize
Vanessa Tavares Kanaan sends us a very comprehensive update report on the Vinaceous Amazons - see end of page at The Vinaceous Amazon Parrot
More projects were discussed at the Council meeting, and will be reported shortly.
> And more information on the feral ring-necked parakeets of the UK - especially London's Parks. A book has now been written about them, well worth a read. See also our article on these birds -ring-necked-parakeets Did you know that these birds are the most northerly wild parrot population in the world in the UK? - see Ringneck booklet
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