Above: Alan Scott: ‘The coronavirus lockdown means fanciers are spending far more time with their birds. That should help to improve the breeding season and could see a good number of Borders benched at the Sussex & Kent Border FCC open show now at Maidstone.’ In previous years, the club has staged its open show less than 20 minutes down the road at Snodland


BORDER CANARIES HAVE been added to the growing list of exhibition sections at November’s Cage & Aviary Birds Christmas Sale and Show.

They now join Norwich and old & rare canaries, zebra and Bengalese finches, as well as British birds on the benches at Lockmeadow Hall, Maidstone, on November 29.

Following an outstanding selection of open shows hosted at C&AB’s 2019 event – large numbers of finches and mules, an exceptional entry of 50 softbills, 60 Norwich canaries from the Southern Norwich Plainhead CC and an impressive 218 budgerigars for a late-in-the-year debut open show – officials felt the 2020 show should only get better.

Step forward the Sussex & Kent Border FCC who will also host an open show on the day.

“We hope to attract about the 180 mark,” commented Alan Scott on the Border canary entry, “and if it all works out, the club might make this a permanent move.” He added: “The club looks forward to being part of a mixed variety show, as a bit of diversity makes for an enjoyable event.”

The zebra finch section will be hosted once again by Kent ZFC, and for this year will put on classes for foreign birds and Bengalese.

Dave Brown, publicity officer for both the zebra finch and the event’s special Old & Rare Variety canary section, said: “This event has proved something of a lifeline for the Kent ZFC as the cost of the old hall and available booking times changed dramatically. Maidstone provided a solution to a potentially big problem.

“Although very late in the zebra finch year, with the current Covid-19 situation the event may present keen exhibitors an opportunity to get their birds to a show this year.”

Despite coronavirus fears, “Maidstone regulars have everything crossed that November 29 comes off,” said C&AB editor Rob Innes. “If it does, we’ll all have extra cause for celebration.”

Read more about this event on page 8. To find out how you can get involved in this annual sale and show, email: birds.news@kelsey.co.uk

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