Page last updated: 28 December 2020 (website last updated: 17 January 2021)
Welcome to the Waxbill Finch Society's website
WFS members' breeding returns: 31 January 2021 deadline
All members have now been sent their breeding returns form for 2020 in the Winter edition of The Waxbill. As with previous years, we would urge members to send their returns to Neil Bickell before the closing date of 31 Jan 2021. Even nil returns are helpful as they contribute to our understanding of the wider breeding patterns of society members.
In memory of our President, John Dodwell
Members will have seen that John sadly passed away in November at the age of 95. John was a founder member of the society and had been an avid breeder of waxbills. A tribute to John is planned for inclusion in the Spring edition of the The Waxbill.
2021 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. As well as being a risk within aviculture, there is a stipulation that the cost of acquiring a pair of birds shouldn't exceed £120 and that the species is reasonably available.
The orange-cheeked waxbill was the first target species in 2016 and was joined by red-cheeked cordon bleu in 2017, the red-winged pytillia (2018), the red-headed finch (2019), and the red-eared waxbill (2020). For 2021, it has been agreed that the target species will be the St Helena waxbill.
The WFS retain the 2019 and 2020 target species giving the full WFS target list as:
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.
See our WFS branch meetings page for all the details. The WFS is currently awaiting government guidance on when it may be safe to consider resuming branch meetings with members.
WFS Facebook page
The Waxbill Finch Society also has its own closed group on Facebook. Access the site through the banner above.