International Ornithological Association
Founder Member COM-UK

Affiliated to the Confederation Ornithologique Mondiale

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The exective IOA committee wish to report the passing after a short battle with illness of member COM/OMJ Judge Brian Hogg on the 31st May 2019.They offer their condolences to his wife and family



The Executive committee have decided the time is right for IOA members who have put a life times work into the IOA and the hobby should be rewarded. Our honoured members names will now go onto the ORDER OF MERIT shield. Each member will be given their own bespoke glassware which is theirs to keep.

To start the Merit shield off twelve members were put forward and all their work and achievements were discussed and agreed by the committee. Some have been in the hobby for over 60 years and have been with the IOA from the start in 1955.

For achievements to the British Bird world our first name is Bob Partridge, his knowledge makes him just about the most experience person in the UK and he is one of the few people still alive to have helped DEFRA with the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act. A great person, a “Breeder of a diverse range of both European and Foreign birds many of which are now not seen in aviculture, and also a BBC delegate.”

Breaking News – Annual Leave

From the 1st of January 2019  to the 21st of January 2019 the IOA  offices will be closed as we will be at the World Show in Holland.

No orders will be sent out until the 21st January.

Important Notice

Apologies, due to a small number of members actions we will only ship items to members when funds are confirmed as cleared.
Please note – if you require rings quickly then the fastest payment method is debit card.

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

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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.