Page last updated: 17 June 2017 (website last updated: 17 June 2017)
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Jos van Himbergen speaking to members at the 2017 AGM
2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM)
The WFS 2017 AGM took place on Sunday 11th June at the South Eastern branch venue in Great Hallingbury, Essex, which was a change from the usual venue in Doncaster.
The AGM saw a good turn-out of members who were treated to an excellent presentation/ discussion on bird nutrition by Jos van Himbergen. A wide variety of birds were also available (DEFRA rules applied). Full details will appear later on this site and in the next edition of The Waxbill.
2016 WFS members' breeding returns
Neil Bickell would like to thank all members who sent in their 2016 breeding returns, which have now been incorporated into our website. Our returns page also allows you to download the detail in Excel or pdf fashion. This year, we have added a colour-coded feature to highlight the link between these returns and species continued viability in aviculture.
Members who joined since 01 January 2016 were eligible for the Top New Member award which, this year, went to J Hird. Full details of all the special breeding awards feature in the Summer 2017 edition of The Waxbill.
2017 AGM at Great Hallingbury, Essex
2017 Target Species
Following the 2015 breeding returns, it was agreed that the WFS would set a target species for the coming year to help promote awareness of, and encourage members both to keep and breed, that species. For 2016, the orange-cheeked waxbill was chosen and the WFS were delighted to see 31 birds bred in 2016 from a low of only 1 in 2015. For 2017, it has been agreed to retain the orange-cheeked waxbill but also to add the red-cheeked cordon bleu as its numbers have precariously dipped in recent years. The 2017 target species are therefore:
|25 June 2017 (Sunday)||Bird Keepers Association - Fryerns Community Hall, Whitmore Way, Basildon, Essex, SS14 2NN.
Hall open: 10:00.
The BKA will be holding a Summer bird sale but on this occasion for 20 minutes there will be an opportunity to listen to Paul Bancroft of Planet Aviaries discussing nutrition. Paul has close links with Australian scientists researching nutrition for captive birds which has led to specially formulated seeds and foods being introduced into Europe for the first time. Profits from such sales are helping fund further research into the survival of the Gouldian Finch.
You can download a poster here
|27 August 2017 (Sunday)||West Midlands Branch Sales and Show Day - Doveridge Village Hall, Sandy Lane, Doveridge DE6 5JQ, Nr Uttoxeter (off A50).
Buy and sell stock and bench birds with 6 main classes in the show.
|03 September 2017 (Sunday)||Northern Branch meeting - Bramley Village Hall, South Yorks S66 2SA (5 minutes from M18 Junction 1).
Meeting starts: 11.00.
Guest speaker will be Gerhard and Claudia Hofmann.
|All meetings||Visit our branch meetings page for all the details.|