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The Avicultural Society

2 Hillside Cottages Hillside Road Westley Lane

Winchester, Hampshire SO21 2NG

United Kingdom

Company Description

The Avicultural Society promotes the study of, and best practices in, keeping non-domesticated birds in captivity, publishing four 48-page issues of the AVICULTURAL MAGAZINE annually. The Society also sponsors Special Interest Groups dedicated to the capt ... more

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Employment History

Project Manager ( Part- Time Post Retirement )

Chester Zoo

Senior Lecturer In Department of Biology Sciences

Bayero University


Board Member
Mauritian Wildlife Foundation

Member of the Conservation Committee and BIAZA Field Conservation Committee
European Association of Zoos and Aquaria

Honorary Research Fellow
Keele University

Board Member
Civil War Preservation Trust




Southampton University




Southampton University

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By Roger Wilkinson

Wilkinson, R. 2005. The Mauritius Wildlife Foundation echo parakeet programme and zoo conservation support. In: Hiddinga, B. (ed.) Proceedings of the EAZA Conference 2004, Kolmarden, pp.200-202. EAZA Executive Office, Amsterdam.
Dr Roger Wilkinson is Head of Science and Conservation, Chester Zoo, Upton-by-Chester, Chester CH2 lLH, UK. Roger is an Avicultural Society Vice President.

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Dr. Roger Wilkinson
Roger WilkinsonHead of Conservation Science and at Chester Zoo, Roger Wilkinson was Curator of Birds there between 1983 and 1999 and until recently General Curator Higher Vertebrates and Research.He now oversees Chester Zoo's increasing commitment to Conservation and Research programmes.
He has a special interest in developing overseas conservation links and in managing budget-supporting conservation and research programmes linked to the zoo.
Chairman of the EAZA Parrot TAG (taxon advisory group) since its inception in 1992, he is also the EEP Species Co-ordinator for the Palm Cockatoo and ESB studbook keeper for the Blue-eyed Cockatoo.He participates in a wide range of zoo breeding programmes for birds and publishes widely on avicultural matters.A council member of the Avicultural Society, he is a regular contributor to the Avicultural Magazine.His positions include Secretary of the West African Ornithological Society, member of the IUCN Pheasant Specialist Group, and co-chair of the EAZA Hornbill TAG.He came into birds through aviculture; he kept and bred Australian parakeets and joined the Parrot Society in its inaugural year.
Previously Roger was Senior Lecturer in Department of Biology Sciences at Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria and is an Honorary Research Fellow of Keele University.He has a BSc in Zoology and a PhD from Southampton University.With considerable field experience, he has written papers for scientific publications in ornithology, bird behaviour and ecology.
Roger enjoys seeing birds in the wild, in the UK and abroad and has seen more than 100 parrot species in the wild.In 2001 he achieved his ambition of seeing wild Palm Cockatoos and Blue-eyed Cockatoos while on a birding trip to Papua New Guinea.

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The initial work is also being supported by the zoo's conservation department. 'We are involved in outreach conservation activities that complement our conservation work in the zoo,' says Roger Wilkinson, Head of Field Programmes and Research. 'This is work which helps many different species.

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Birds (by Dr Roger Wilkinson, Curator of Birds, with additional material from the Spring 1998 issue of Chester Zoo Life)


By Roger Wilkinson, Simon Dowell and Dai Bo

Roger Wilkinson and Simon Dowell made visits in early August 2002, May 2004 and in May 2005, accompanied by Dai Bo who manages the programme in Sichuan (Dowell & Wilkinson, 2004, 2005).
Dowell, S. and Wilkinson, R. 2004.
Dowell, S. and Wilkinson, R. 2005.
Wilkinson, R, Gardner, L., He Fen-qi and Wirth, R. 2004. A highly threatened bird - Chinese Yellow-throated Laughingthushes in China and in Zoos. International Zoo News Vol.51/8 (No.337):456-469.
Dr Roger Wilkinson is Head of Conservation & Science, North of England Zoological Society, Chester Zoo, Chester CH2 lLH, UK.

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