Page last updated: 26 June 2019 (website last updated: 03 July 2019)
Welcome to the Waxbill Finch Society's website
WFS 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM)
This year's AGM took place on Sunday 9th June at our South-East branch venue of Great Hallingbury village hall. A full update will appear in the next edition of The Waxbill and on this website shortly.
Website updated with WFS members' 2018 breeding returns
The 2018 breeding returns have now been incorporated into the Species section of the website and feature on the Profiles, Advisors, and Breeding Returns pages - the latter also allows you to download the full 1992-2018 returns in Excel or in pdf format. Since last year, we have presented these as a heat map to colour code the risks associated with the long-term viability of each species in UK aviculture. The returns are designed to promote debate on the popularity and risks associated with particular species. They also help in choosing those target species for the coming year.
Members who joined since July 2018 are eligible for the Top New Member award. Full details of all the special breeding awards will feature in the Summer 2019 edition of The Waxbill.
2019 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 showed a slight increase on 2017 but still remains significantly below figures from five years ago.
The WFS retain the 2017 and 2018 target species and add the chosen target species for 2019 - the Red-headed Finch - giving the WFS target list as:
|28 July 2019 (Sunday)||South-East Branch Meeting
Great Hallingbury Village Hall, Church Road, Great Hallingbury, Essex CM22 7TY (5 mins from M11 Jnct 8 - Stansted Airport)
Hall open: 11:00am
Guest speaker: Dr Gary Fitt
|15 Sept 2019 (Sunday)||Northern Branch Meeting - Bramley Village Hall, South Yorks S66 2SA (5 minutes from M18 Junction 1).
Hall open: 11am.
Guest speaker: Mark Dancer
|All meetings||See our branch meetings page for all the details.|