THE SECOND-EVER LONDON & South East Bird Show & Sale at Maidstone has been and gone: a crisp November morning certainly didn’t put visitors off! A big THANK YOU to the stallholders, buyers, visitors, stewards, judges and exhibitors, who together enhanced the overall experience.

Event sponsors Copdock Mill once again made a memorable appearance with its company’s lorry, manned by the sales team Hugh Chennell, Andy Morgan and David Bottazzi (who I am told are affectionately known by fellow staff members as the hair bear bunch!) These guys did a fantastic job of promoting Copdock Mill’s new SkyGold brand to both visitors and exhibitors. (See their photo in our Maidstone news story, page 2.)

In the show section, an entry on par with last year’s open show was achieved by Maidstone & SECAS, and the sight of a professional photography tent and set-up sparked excitement among exhibitors. London photographer Luke Stephenson had plenty of quality exhibits placed before him, and many of these photographs may appear in his next photography book, which is currently a work in progress. Keep an eye out for more of Luke’s photographs in this paper. For those interested in Luke’s work, you can read our review of his sold-out 2015 book An Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds in the June 15, 2016 issue, or visit:

■ Here at Cage Birds towers, we’ve quick-stepped into the Christmas spirit and have swung your way an extra book giveaway this month – Winter Birds by Lars Jonsson. Be quick, though, as you only have a week to get your entries in before the closing date of December 13. See page 5 for entry details.

■ A Mrs Gould recently contacted the team in regards to Graham Wellstead’s article “The misty roots of rollers” (November 15 issue). Unfortunately, we don’t have a telephone number for you, so please get in touch. Rob will be back next week.

Laura Welch