Above: Scotland’s National Bird Club was co-founded by Adam Fleming (centre). He is pictured here with his brother Dougie (right) and Brent Humphries who will be judging the zebra finch section at the new Scotland’s National show


By Georgina Probert

A GROUP OF fanciers have come together to arrange an exciting new bird show in Scotland that will unite birdkeepers, clubs and the local community.

The show is the brainchild of Jason Julien and Grant Findlay from the Budgerigar Society, who approached experienced breeder and exhibitor Adam Fleming to take on the running of the annual event. Scotland’s National Bird Club (SNBC) was set up in December 2021.

The first Scotland’s National Show will be held later this year on December 11 at the Bo’ness Recreation Centre in Bo’ness, Falkirk; an ideal venue with a large exhibition hall and an adjoining space to accommodate club and trade stands.

Mr Julien explained: “It is a fresh start for a national show in Scotland and a new team of people with a can-do attitude. We are all working hard to make the show a success.”

The show will be similar to the National Exhibition at Stafford, whereby the SNBC will be the umbrella organiser and clubs can stage a show within their own sections.

Eight clubs have applied to host a show, including the Northern Bengalese Finch Society, West Lothian Budgerigar Society, East of Scotland Fife Fancy Canary Club and Scottish Zebra Finch Society. Several judges have already been engaged for their respective sections, including Davy Smith (Bengalese), Ian Wright (Scots fancy), Gary MacBeath (Fifes) and Paul Burnett (Glosters).

Adam Fleming, SNBC chairman and organiser, said: “This is an exciting time for birdkeeping in Scotland. The SNBC team is made up of a committed team, but the show needs the support of fanciers in Scotland and the rest of the UK.”

Current officials include: Adam Fleming, chairman; Grant Findlay, secretary; Jason Julien, minute secretary; and Donald Skinner-Reid, publicity officer. In addition, James and Liam Proudfoot, Fraser Anderson, Stevie Stewart and Colin Pollock are all part of the executive committee.

Mr Skinner-Reid added: “I think it is important for our hobby to have a significant show in Scotland. There is a lot of goodwill for such an event, but that needs to be matched by money and people. I hope the hobby will rise to meet the challenge.”

Scotland’s National Show: key information

  • Date: December 11 2022
  • Venue: Bo’ness Recreation Centre, Gauze Road, Bo’ness, EH51 9QB
  • For more information and regular updates, visit facebook.co.uk and search for “Scotland’s National Bird Club” or email Adam Fleming at ads.fleming72@gmail.com

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