Page last updated: 20 August 2020 (website last updated: 27 September 2020)
Welcome to the Waxbill Finch Society's website
Remaining 2020 branch meetings cancelled
With the vast uncertainty surrounding Covid-19 requirements, the club has decided to cancel the remaining 2020 branch meetings. Further information will appear in the Autumn edition of The Waxbill. We recognise how disappointing this will be for some members and thank you for your understanding during these times.
2020 Target Species
Following the 2015 breeding returns, it was agreed that the WFS would set a target species for each year to help promote awareness of, and encourage members both to keep and breed, that species.
The orange-cheeked waxbill was the first target species in 2016 and was joined by red-cheeked cordon bleu in 2017 as the numbers bred for both species had dipped precariously in recent years. The 2017 and 2018 returns have shown both species have bounced back with the red-cheeked cordon bleu recording over 180 bred in 2018 while the orange-cheeked waxbill recorded over 50 for two years running (from a low of one in 2015). The 2018 target species, the Red-winged Pytillia, however, has continued to show a decrease and remains significantly below figures from five years ago. The 2019 target species, the red-headed finch, did show a slight increase in 2019 but numbers remain low.
The WFS retain the 2018 and 2019 target species and add the chosen target species for 2020 - the Red-eared Waxbill - giving the WFS target list as:
WFS members' 2019 breeding returns
Many thanks to all members who submitted their returns to Neil Bickell. These have now been collated and were incorporated into the website in June 2020 on both the Species Profiles and Breeding Returns pages.
Covid-19: WFS 2020 Annual General Meeting POSTPONED
This year's AGM that was scheduled to take place on Saturday 20 June has been postponed. The national emergency that has arisen from the spread of Coronavirus/ Covid-9 has meant that the club needs to think of the welfare of its members before all else. We will look into rescheduling the AGM as and when it is safe to do so.
Buying/ selling birds at WFS stands
WFS members are being invited to buy/ sell their birds through WFS stands at Stafford/ Warwickshire/ Cambridge/ Newark bird sales. The offer is driven by one of the core aims of our society to ‘help members locate, exchange, purchase or sell stock’.
Full details on the For Sale page.
WFS badges now available
We're pleased to add Waxbill Finch Society badges to the list of items we offer on PayPal. They're available for £4 each (free postage in the UK) and can be found on the WFS booklets page.
13 Sep 2020 (Sunday)
|CANCELLED: Northern Branch Meeting
Bramley Village Hall, South Yorks S66 2SA (5 minutes from M18 Junction 1).
08 Nov 2020 (Sunday)
|CANCELLED: South-East Branch Meeting
Great Hallingbury Village Hall, Church Road, Great Hallingbury, Essex CM22 7TY (5 mins from M11 Jnct 8 - Stansted Airport)
See our WFS branch meetings page for all the details.