International Ornithological Association
Founder Member COM-UK

Affiliated to the Confederation Ornithologique Mondiale

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)

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 on Wednesday 19th April 2017

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



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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.



Dear Stakeholder

On 22 November 2016 Dr Therese Coffey MP, the Parliamentary Undersecretary of State, wrote to the Chair of the Law Commission giving the UK Government’s response to our recommendations. Dr Coffey noted:

Exit from the EU provides an opportunity to re-examine our regulatory framework and how it works, so that it is fit for purpose to meet our national needs in future and fulfil our international obligations. It means we need to consider the implications of EU Exit for our approach to wildlife policy before deciding whether and how to implement your proposals and whether some of your proposals would need amending in light of EU Exit.

Pressure on parliamentary time also means it is likely to be very difficult to find time to bring forward legislative proposals for major reform in the near future. However, I am happy to support the principle of looking at wildlife legislation as a whole to provide a coherent system which achieves better outcomes. The Law Commission’s work will be invaluable in informing the Government’s thinking.

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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

This meeting is now postponed until Thursday 9th March 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:-

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.