Above: L-r: society president Roger Tippett awards Barbara Sparrow the Meritorious Award, with society chairman Fred Smith.


ALMOST 500 BIRDS were bred in 2018 from Severn Counties Foreign & British Bird Society (SCF&BBS) members – with many species increasing on the previous year’s results.

A total of 163 British and 334 foreign species were bred by 15 of the society’s members. Species that saw success in 2018 included emerald dove (Chalcophapsindica), Fischer’s lovebird (Agapornis fischeri), celestial parrotlet (Forpus coelestis) and Cuban grassquit (Tiaris canorus).

At the SCF&BBS’s recent AGM, breeding awards were given out to five members: best British hardbill and best overall British for Lee Winchester; best mule/hybrid went to E.Darlow; best parrotlike, Roy Kiddle; best seedeater, best overall foreign and best overall breeding to Geoff Deller; and N. Smith (who bred the largest number of birds at 136) took best Australian, best Bengalese and best zebra. In addition, Barbara Sparrow was given the Meritorious Award for services rendered over the years.

M a r k Hemmings, t h e club’s breeding officer, commented: “The society was formed in 1973 and over the last 45 years our members have bred more than 250 different species of British and foreign birds. If you average this out, it equates to just over five new species per year.”

While there were no first breedings in 2018, Mr Hemmings is confident that 2019 will be a successful year. He said: “Owing to a decline in m e m b e r s keeping birds, as well as import restrictions limiting availability and affordability of birds, it is not a surprise that there were no first breedings in 2018.

“But, we should take heart in the fact that the 15 members that returned breeding forms, showing what can be achieved with the necessary dedication, patience and a little luck! In 2017, two first breedings were recorded, so given the opportunity and circumstances, our members are more than capable of adding to the list of species bred in 2019.”

  • For more info on the SCF&BBS, visit: www.foreign-britishbirds.info, email: severncounties@btinternet.com or phone secretary Molly Durbin on 01275 373 743.

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