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Scholarship for student bird keeper

Published: September 20, 2016

Cornwall College Newquay Adult

A student from Cornwall College Newquay with a passion for birds is flying high after being awarded a scholarship from the Avicultural Society (AS).

21 year old Logan Ody, who is studying a BSc in Applied Zoology at Cornwall College Newquay, has won a place on a specialist egg-incubation course held in Jersey later this year. Logan said: “The scholarship was awarded to me by the Avicultural Society, who will fund the course and my accommodation while on Jersey. The course is an extensive workshop focused on egg incubation and hatchery management and I’m hoping it will provide me with the skills and knowledge needed to volunteer on conservation projects like the Capercaillie captive breeding program and the SANCCOB Black-footed penguin rehabilitation project.

“I also think the course will help me with my hobbies, keeping and breeding my own birds and poultry.  I’m quite excited that I might be able to hatch and rear a few more unusual species, such as Peafowl, Rhea and maybe even a couple of exotic waterfowl species.”

The annual scholarship funds one birdkeeper, under the age of 25, on a specialist avian course and is funded by money left to the Avicultural Society by its late former president, Raymond Sawyer. The practical workshop that Logan will take part in this November, will include modules in embryo and membrane development, factors affecting hatchability before and during incubation, hatchery management techniques and artificial incubation and its role in field conservation programmes.

For Logan, whose love of birds goes back as far as he can remember, this is a dream come true. He said: “I have always had an interest in birds, I don’t really know why. I love all birds but my passion is with waterfowl, game birds and sea birds, and their conservation. I currently have an expanding flock of 43 chickens, 7 ducks, 2 turkeys and a European jay, which I hope to breed next spring.”

For the last four years, Logan has worked with birds at Paradise Park in Hayle alongside his studies and has just returned to Cornwall College to continue with his degree. He continues: “the best thing about studying at Cornwall College is its proximity to natural environments. I spend my life on the beach, so it’s perfect for that. Also most of the lecturers are locals, so they can share handy hints on local bird watching spots and events.”

Zoological Conservation Lecturer Dr Kelly Haynes has taught Logan throughout his time at Cornwall College. Kelly said: “Logan joined us from our sister site Duchy College Rosewarne after studying Animal Management, and after successful completion of the foundation degree has now joined our third year BSc Applied Zoology course. He had already demonstrated his love for birds before entering our courses through his committed work experience at Paradise Park, working with the soft bills. He has continued this placement while studying here at Cornwall College and is hoping to further use his knowledge gained to assist in the current and future conservation and captive breeding programmes at Paradise Park.”

“Logan is a bubbly student, full of life with an infectious enthusiasm felt by the rest of his cohort. He is a pleasure to have in the classroom often providing relevant discussion points using his own anecdotes from his personal experience in keeping and caring for birds.”

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