International Ornithological Association
Founder Member COM-UK

Affiliated to the Confederation Ornithologique Mondiale

Captive-bred Birds Meeting

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Captive-bred birds: meeting between the BBC, IOA, NE’s Licensing team and Defra’s Wildlife Management and Crime team.


Thursday  23rd February – 12.00 – 13.30, Nobel House, Smiths Square, Room G13


DEFRA/NE Meeting London 23rd Feb 2017

On the 23rd Feb 2017 the IOA will be attending a meeting with DEFRA/NE officials in London to discuss the ringing of Siberian Goldfinches/Bullfinches which as in recent years become an issue for breeders as this bird as become more popular and breeders are beginning to bred them in increasing numbers. Continental breeders place “D” rings on Siberian Goldfinches and “E” rings on Siberian Bullfinches. It is hope that discussions on the 23rd will result in a positive approach towards the ringing of these birds and having both species placed on a General License for ringing.

The IOA as asked for a number of other items to be placed on the agenda at this meeting which include the following:-

Stafford Sales Day

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The IOA will be attending the Stafford Sales Day on the 5th March 2017.

You can pay your membership and order your rings.

CITES Sustainable Users Group (CSUG) Meeting

CITES Sustainable Users Group (CSUG) Meeting
11am-1pm, 12 January 2017, 2 Rivergate, Bristol



1. Mark Baxter (Defra)                                            14. Barbara Minnikin (APHA)
2. Robb Brown (NCA/British Bird Council)         15. Nicky Needham (BIAZA)
3. Jim Collins (SUN)                                               16. Chris Newman (REPTA)
4. Dawn Day (ABO)                                                17. Francine Nicholls (APHA)
5. Martyn Denney (Cyclamen Society)                18. Bob Partridge (NCA/B. Bird Council)
6. Keith Fletcher (Vertu)                                         19. Alan Robinson (IOA)
7. Mike Gates (Owl Society)                                  20. Michael Sigsworth (Defra – chair)
8. Stacey Hughes (Defra)                                      21. Rose Simpson (RBG, Kew)
9. Graham Irving (Hawk Board)                            22. Noeleen Smyth (RBG, Kew)
10. Rachael Kitchener (APHA)                             23. Michelle Tarran (APHA)
11. Alison Littlewood (JNCC)                                24. Owen Walton (TTF)
12. Kim McDonald (Guild of Taxidermists)         25. Dominic Whitmee (OATA)
13. Paul McManus (MIC)



The IOA are now a fully paid up member of the government department called  SUN/DEFRA .

On the 12th Jan 2017 Alan Robinson attended a meeting in Bristol along with Bob Partridge from the BBC (who are affiliated to the IOA) to discuss the change in the law re birds and ring sizes.

The 66th World Show

The 66th World Show will be held in Cesena, Italy.
The show opens to the public from Friday 19th Jan 2018 until Sunday 21st Jan 2018.

AGM 2017 Notice

Location: The Fieldhead Hotel, Markfield, Leics, LE67 9PS
Date: 29th April 2017
Time: 10-30 am

See Newsletter for Agenda to AGM

The 65th World Show Review

The 65th World show, held in Almeria, Spain was a huge success for TEAM COM-UK, taking 229 birds from 39 members. There were 36 IOA members, 1 affiliated member and 2 from the NCA. First point needs to be made, with out these breeders help no one would have got to the show or won medals – Perter Sherlock from COM-Eire and Eddie Darcy from COM-Eire a huge thanks from me, as we shared their transport to and from the show. Without their help COM-UK would have struggled, a round trip of 6000 kilo meters. Please also remeber the work Gary Mann put in to taking birds in, getting box’s ready and taking time off work. Winners please note, some seem to forget and only praise winners. At the show, we had help stewarding the birds for the first time from Gibraltar, John Canpea, Manolo Suetto and Alan Robinson my heart felt thanks for all your work in helping COM-UK. Congratulations go to IOA member, gloster breeder Ian Wright (from Middlesbrough) who passed his OMJ judging test for section E with flying colours after a lot of hard work.


The 65th World Show

The 65th World Show Mondial will be held in Almeria, Spain – Open to the public 20-22 Jan 2017.

“Show Hall “Address, Palacio De Exposiciones Y Congresos De Aguadulce.



Minutes of the IOA, AGM Meeting Held at Fieldhead Hotel, Markfield 28th May 2016

President Mr R Lumley, Treasurer Mr B Preddy, Secretary Mr A Robinson

Present: –

Mr B Preddy, S Tamman, K Rix, R Lumley, W McKay, A Robinson, R Lawson, E Wells, H Evans and A Raine.


No apologies were received via the secretary.

Presidents Welcome

The President opened the meeting at 12:00 noon. The minutes of the AGM 2015 were handed out to all present by Mr R Lumley, the president asked if all present could spend a few minutes reading through the minutes. He would then ask them ask for any further comments regarding those minutes.

All present completed the reading of the minutes. The President asked for any further comments of which the following was made:

Hugh Evans stated that he had thanked Brain Preddy for his report on the accounts for the IOA.

Following the above the minutes were proposed for approval by Ken Rix and seconded by Simon Tamman with all present being in favour.