International Ornithological Association
Founder Member COM-UK

Affiliated to the Confederation Ornithologique Mondiale

Breaking News 19th March 2018 – Draft Licensing for Bird Keepers

Important recently received draft documentation, it is important that you read the 2 documents below and send your comments back to me A Robinson –

This licensing is due to come into force in October 2018, it is to be placed before parliament on the 5th April 2018. Your comments are urgently required before this date.

Selling Animals as Pets Final 12.3 (1)

Animal Exhibits Defra Guidance 1.2.18


DEFRA and APHA Organogram

The information is linked below in PDF format.

DEFRA and APHA Organogram 02.01.18

CSUG Meeting Minutes – Tuesday 7th November 2017

CITES Sustainable Users Group (CSUG) Meeting

11am-1pm, 7 November 2017, Rm G1, Horizon House, Bristol



Drew Bain (Guild of Taxidermists)

Steven Beadle (IOA)

Elizabeth Biott (Defra)

Sophie Bird (APHA)

Proposed New License Charges For Non-Schedule 3 Birds

If you require any further information, contact me on one of the methods below.

Mobile 07947808933
Landline 01226 286066
Contact form

CSUG Meeting Minutes – Wednesday 19th April 2017

CITES Sustainable Users Group (CSUG) Meeting

11am-1pm, 19 April 2017, Horizon House Bristol



Lydia Andrews (APHA)

Drew Bain (Guild of Taxidermists)

Mark Baxter (Defra)

Peter Beare (Beare Violins)

Elizabeth Biott (Defra)

Jim Collins (SUN)

Breaking News 3rd May – General/Class License

Today, the IOA have received an email from DEFRA stating that there will be no further decision making with regards to the class/general licenses for the Mealy Redpoll, Siberian Goldfinch and Bullfinch, following the announcement of the snap election on the 8th June 2017. After the election, work will again begin by DEFRA/Natural England on the completion of the licenses.

All existing licenses will remain in place until further notice.

CSUG Meeting – Wednesday 19th April 2017

CSUG Meeting on Wednesday 19th April 2017

11am-1pm, Room G1, Horizon House, Bristol



Breaking News! – Public Liability Insurance

Public Liability Insurance Document

We have received this information from an IOA member, it is to be noted that this is only cover provided for public liability and does not cover legal fee’s. The IOA have contacted another insurance broker, who has informed them that they are currently looking at obtaining cover for legal expenses and will report back to the IOA at the end of summer 2017.

Breaking News – Bird Images

Following the recent meeting held with DEFRA/NE in London, could members please send me any pictures of the following birds with deformed feet following the ringing of the chicks in the nest.

Mealy Redpoll ring size C

Siberian Bullfinch Ring size D

Siberian Goldfinch Ring size C

My email address is

Captive bred birds meeting agenda 9th March 2017

Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs Logo

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

Notes from this meeting are below in the colour red.