Dr Matthew Fiddes BVSc DZooMed(Avian) MRCVS
RCVS Recognised Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine.
Matthew is an avian and exotic animal specialist vet with over 10 years of experience in treating all types of parrots. He graduated from Bristol University in 2004, gained the RCVS Certificate in Zoological Medicine in 2009 and the RCVS Diploma in Zoological Medicine, with the avian subspecialty, in 2013. In 2015 he was awarded RCVS Specialist Status in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, becoming one of only approximately 30 vets in the UK with this highest level of qualification in treating birds and exotic animals.
He is head vet at CJ Hall Vets in East Sheen, South West London which is London’s only specialist avian and exotic animal private clinic. The clinic offers full veterinary care for all parrots, including patients referred from other vets for complex treatment. Holiday boarding is also provided.
Matthew has lectured students, presented at veterinary conferences internationally, authored book chapters and published peer reviewed journal papers on a wide variety of exotic animal subjects. His diploma dissertation was on the prevalence of psittacosis in pet parrots in the UK. He is a member of the British Veterinary Zoological Society and the Association of Avian Veterinarians.
He keeps Gouldian finches and has kept cockatiels in the past, but his vet work leaves little time for pet parrots at present – instead he enjoys the old and new parrot personalities that visit the practice daily!
Tony Pittman has been involved with parrots since the mid-1980s and most particularly with the Blue Macaws. He speaks fluent German and formed a relationship with German publisher, Thomas Arndt, when they produced the Lexicon of Parrots that appeared between 1990 and 1995.
Tony is dedicated to the Blue Macaws and he has been an ardent supporter to Neiva Guedes, the inspirational leader of the Hyacinthine Macaw project (Projeto Arara Azul). He has also made a number of visits to see the Hyacinthine, Lear’s and Spix’s Macaws in the Pantanal and Bahia regions of Brazil, and has investigated the distribution area that is believed to be where the Glaucous Macaw once existed.
On one occasion, he was able to photograph the only remaining Spix’s Macaw in the wild, which sadly disappeared soon after, and during one visit was able to meet Presley, the Spix’s Macaw discovered as a pet in the USA and repatriated to Brazil several years ago. Tony has always supported conservation projects and was glad to learn that the Lear’s population has now risen from 200 to 1200.
Tony can produce an incredible depth of information about the Blue Macaws and is probably one of the world’s most knowledgeable aviculturalists on the subject of these fascinating South American parrots.
Greg Glendell BSc (Hons)
Greg has kept parrots for 30 years and worked as a companion parrot behaviourist for 18 years. He has written several books on pet bird care, and articles for veterinary and bird-keeping journals. He has appeared on various TV programmes advising on bird care. He runs parrot care courses for owners of birds, as well as for veterinary students and animal welfare staff. He receives referrals from avian vets for much of his behavioural work and can do home visits in the South-west of England.
Greg emphasises the need for a careful, objective approach in behavioural work, using the principles of learning theory, and working with birds at a pace determined by what they find comfortable. Greg advocates the need for birds to be able to carry out behaviours which reflect what they would do in the wild, including foraging for their food and safe daily opportunities for flying. Greg helps owners teach their birds flight requests, so they can be out of their cages and active each day. He also runs a flight feather donor service via Parrots magazine, so vets can repair parrots’ damaged wings. Greg is a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants and is based in Somerset.
David Woolcock is curator at Paradise Park, Hayle in Cornwall, and a founding trustee of the World Parrot Trust.
Having kept Parrots since the age of 11, David has been lucky enough to spend his whole working life to date in the company of parrots.
David is a professional member of the International association of Avian Trainers and Educators and as such does his best to promote positive ways to interact with pet birds.
Sarah-Jayne Cooke is a lead trainer at Paradise Park, Hayle. She studied at both Duchy and Newquay Colleges in animal care and conservation sciences.
A regular presenter at both of the parks daily free flying bird shows Sarah-Jayne has answered countless pet parrot owners queries with regard to their birds' behaviour. Her knowledge base is extensive and is based on both theoretical and hands on techniques that are both tried and tested.
Sarah-Jayne shares her home with a geriatric Yellow-crowned Amazon which she took under her wing several years ago.