Addressing COVID-19 / (March: 28 : 2020)
Like so many of you, we have spent the recent weeks learning about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it is impacting our business and our world. As part of the global supply chain, and in compliance with current Government guidelines on social distancing, UK Falcons and ID-Rings will remain open and operational. As per normal procedure, we will be supplying split and closed rings globally and will try our very best to keep on top of the demand for rings here in the UK, and across Europe. We would advise on early purchases, as delivery time may take longer due to the current situation, especially from countries outwith the UK.
Remote working: staff that is able to work remotely have already made the transition, and feedback has shown that this has not impacted on our ability to operate successfully. The staff that is unable to work remotely, will continue to follow the strict guidelines on social distancing.
Action: UK Falcons and ID-Rings Eu takes the COVID-19 threat seriously. We are continuing to monitor the latest updates about the global outbreak and are taking every action to safeguard the health of our employees and preserve our ability to operate during the pandemic. We have implemented procedural change within our team to ensure that we comply with Government guidelines, in an attempt to keep everything running safely. Our team will continue to guide appropriate measures and take actions necessary to ensure our operations continue running. We will provide any updates as the situation warrants on this news page, and via social media.
Thank you for your continued support. We wish good health and safety to all our business partners, their employees, families, and the global community.
Breeders Closed Rings / (March: 26 : 2018)
In the (month) March 2018, ID Rings Europe have manufactured over 2800 closed rings for the UK, Europe and Global market. This is about 30% up on the (month March) last year, so a big thank-you to all those breeders that have placed their trust in our products and services once again in 2018.
'Breeders', please remember that we don't just manufacture our own rings, we manufacture bespoke closed breeders rings for any raptor with consecutive numbering for your breeding farm. We can also engrave your breeding farm logo for additional identification. All rings can be optionally registered on our database which is currently GDPR compliant. Remember to view our website at: http://www.id-rings.com
Unwanted published content / (November: 07 : 2017)
We have noticed that adverts with unsuitable and fake content have been published. UK Falcons takes the 'standard' of its BIRDMART very seriously. UK Falcons retains the right to delete all adverts that are found to have unsuitable content or that 'in our opinion', are fictitious. Users that continue to abuse the system will see their accounts IP blocked. It is well known that other BIRDMART pages on the internet are full of fictitious and fake content, however our pages WILL NOT end up with the same reputation. To address this issue, UK Falcons check all published adverts for unsuitable content and will take immediate action on anyone trying to abuse our BIRDMART.
Sending Payment / (November: 30 : 2016)
IMPORTANT: It is advised at all times that you should NEVER send payment for any birds prior to viewing birds. You should view birds in person or if this is not possible via face-time, Skype etc. A health certificate and any papers should also be discussed, viewed if possible. Getting to know the person / breeder / seller is also very important, especially when buying birds from another country. You should NEVER pay for birds in advance and if sending a deposit, you should make sure that you have a bank paper receipt and a contract of sale. When buying birds out with the UK, be very careful; always speak directly with the seller on a landline phone number and build up a relationship of trust before settling on a contract of sale, deposit etc. The UK Falcons website is a 'paid for' advertising birdmart, and everyone can utilise its services to sell birds. Unlike other birdmarts, we do not offer FREE adverts as this leads to abuse of data and attracts scammers. However, be vigilant when buying at all times and especially abroad. If you are aware of any 'advertisers' that seem fraudulent, please report them direct to UK Falcons. UK Falcons reserves the right to ban any advertiser that abuses our policies or is seen to be misleading buyers.
Signing Up / (January: 03 : 2015)
VERY EASY: When registering for a free account online, you are asked to give your name and phone number and (no address is required). You select a username and password and confirm this using the email address you supply. Confidentiality: your phone number and email address is never included in any advert you post, however you can add this info if required. A spam protected email form is provided with every advert you post so your detail are always confidential.
Buying and Selling / (January : 03 : 2015)
There are two areas of law that buyers and sellers need to be aware of, one applies to the international trade in certain species of wildlife and the other applies solely to wildlife in Europe. They both lay down rules that must be complied with. For the purposes of this notice any reference to birds is a reference to birds of prey and owls. Import and export of certain species is regulated by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES (http://www.cites.org). This Convention is enforced in the European Union by Council Regulation (EC) 338/1997 (http://ec.europa.eu/environment/cites/legislation_en.htm).
Also, in the UK, the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (WCA) protects all wild birds, defined as:
“any bird of a species that is resident in or is a visitor to the European Territory of any member state in a wild state”.
It is illegal under this legislation and the laws relevant for the purposes of this notice to:
• Sell, offer or expose for sale, a live or dead wild bird, or the egg or part of an egg of a wild bird (except certain birds on Schedule 3).
• Advertise to buy or sell, a live wild bird or an egg or part of an egg of such a bird, or any dead wild bird or part of such a bird (except certain birds on Schedule 3).
• Import or export birds listed on Annex A or B of Regulation 338/1997.
• Buy or sell birds listed on Annex A without an Article 10 certificate.
• Possess or control a bird on Schedule 4 of the WCA 1981 unless registered.
These pieces of legislation allow for some legal ownership and use of birds as long as certain criteria are met. The information below highlights some of the important issues for you as a trader in birds to consider, however this is not a definitive summary of all aspects of the law and we strongly advise you to contact the relevant authority, listed below, for further guidance.
Penalties: Be aware that penalties for deliberately breaching the law can be severe and some offences can carry up to a maximum of seven years imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine.
Licences: Most activities involving the birds referred to in this notice have to be licensed and with some species it is mandatory to register them with the Government. Some of the more common activities that have to be licensed are: buying, selling, importing and exporting protected birds; there are many others but they are beyond the scope of this notice. The conditions of a licence or permit and the issuing authority depends on the activity you wish to undertake and where in the UK the bird is located. For a full list of licences, which can be downloaded, please follow the links to the Natural England, Scottish Executive and Welsh Assembly websites.