Events 2016

Stafford bird sale next Sunday 10th

Trip to Tenerife Conference

What a great success the conference was! Very interesting and some great speakers. Commercial breeder Eric Antheunisse (California)spoke 0n how to make the birds spin out for the pet market.  Every thing he does is to make it as  easy  and quick as possible,  as you can imagine  with 2,000 pr. of birds. You have to be looking for quick ideas all the time. Some very helpful tips for the ordinary breeder,like hatching under silky hens. He has a row of small raised hutches with  silkys brooding that he puts the eggs under. All his flights are raised so he has chickens running around keeping the floors clean and catching mice. He had it all on video.

Petra Wolf  from Germany, one of the best bird  nutritionists in the world  described the value of the different seeds and foods.According to Petra,some of our feeding practices are wrong.Some things we thought weren’t good for the birds actually are,and other things we thought were beneficial may not be. It would make you look at the way you feed your birds and the mixes you use.There is a full printout of all the speeches that can be purchased from Loro Parque Foundation.

Of course,  Dr.Matthias Reinschmidt spoke on the breeding successes in Loro Parque.Dr. Yara Barros from Brazil spoke on the Spix macaw .There are now 72 birds in captivity. The goal is to start to release some when the target of 150 is reached.This could be between 2016 to 2020.

I have to admit it’s hard to keep up with the interpreters as they seem to fall behind the speakers . but all and all it was very interesting.                                 Meeting bird people  from all around  the world( in fact 32 countries)made me realise how lucky we are that most of them can speak English. We got  invitations to visit aviaries in Denmark,the Czech Republic, Germany and, of course, our English friends


 

A visit to the breeding center to see the rare birds not on display in the park

THE ENTERTAINMENT  AND FOOD WERE REALLY GOOD. IT WAS A GREAT IMPROVEMENT ON THE PREVIOUS  YEAR

THE FIRST NIGHT,LIKE THE LAST TIME,WAS ON THE WATERFRONT WITH AS MUCH FOOD AS YOU COULD EAT : STEAKS, RIBS,CHICKEN,  FISH,SALADS, 4 DIFFERENT DESSERTS AND A SUPPLY OF RED AND WHITE WINE.

A  Mardi Gras display of dancers and tin drums paraded in and out of the tables

ON THE SECOND NIGHT WE DROVE DOWN TO SIAM PARK, THE BIGGEST WATER PARK IN EUROPE

IT IS AMAZING. IT CLOSED DOWN TO THE PUBLIC FOR THE EVENING WE HAD THE WHOLE PARK TO OURSELVES. W COULD GO ON ANY SLIDE OR RIDE THE BIG WAVE… IT WAS GREAT.  THEN A BEACH PARTY ON  A FULL BEACH THAT HAD BEEN  BUILT IN THE PARK WITH WAVES,  SAND, SUN BEDS. A GREAT AFTERNOON!       LATER A BIG SPREAD ON THE BEACH  AS THE NIGHT WENT ON WITH A LIVE BAND, DANCING AND GREAT CRACK . AFTER DINNER THERE WAS A SURFING DISPLAY AND THEN AN AMAZING DISPLAY OF FIRE WORKS AND LASER LIGHTS

ON THE LAST NIGHT THERE WAS THE USUAL BANQUET IN THE BOTANICA   HOTEL WITH A FEW AWARDS FOR DIFFERENT PEOPLE BEST SPEAKER,  BEST PROJECT, ETC.

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