Entries in Psittacula derbiana - Derbyan Parakeet (5)
The illegal bird trade in Delhi has been continuing in spite of the ban on the trading and keeping of native birds. With a large number of these birds, especially parrots, entering Delhi from Uttar Pradesh - Noida and Ghaziabad have emerged as significant entry points into Delhi.
Polly want crack? Or maybe marijuana, a beer or a daily dose of cigarette smoke blown in her face?
All are familiar situations for Wendy Huntbatch, president of the World Parrot Refuge in Coombs, where, among 800 rescued birds, are at least a dozen parrots withdrawing from drugs, recovering from exposure to smoke or healing after mistreatment by drug users and dealers.
"We have birds that were used as toys by drug addicts. Watching them go through withdrawal is dreadful," Huntbatch said.
Parrots are a status symbol for many people, who have no idea how to care for a noisy, demanding, long-lived bird, Huntbatch said. "They put a parrot on their arm and they think they're a pirate," she said.
EDEN Place, near Kirkby Stephen, is aptly named as its land, along with that of neighbouring Hartley Fold, has become a 900-acre “garden of Eden” devoted entirely to nature.
Every year it attracts an increasing number of wild animals, birds and butterflies and the wild flowers and wetland plants, which flourish in different areas, attract a variety of insects.
John Strutt, now in his 60s, is the man responsible for this “paradise”, above which colourful parrots and other exotic birds grace the skies as they fly free, writes HELENE PHILLIPS.
In 1994, the area became a nature conservation area, named the John Strutt Conservation Foundation in recognition of the generosity of its “creator” and his long-standing concern for conservation.