Above: A Piet Renders’ London fancy, presented at the 2020 World Show. The third stage of the breed’s presentation to COM is requested to be postponed until 2022. Photo: Carol Evans


THE THIRD STAGE of the London fancy canary’s official recognition process by COM could be delayed until 2022.

The London Fancy Canary Club (LFCC) wrote to COM-UK last month to ask if Stage Three could be moved to 2022, as key officials – who were due to give the breed’s third and final presentation at the 2021 COM World Show – did not feel comfortable to travel under the current circumstances.

This news coincides with COM-UK’s decision not to participate in the World Show in Portugal next January due to Covid-19 travel restrictions and the possibility of quarantine on attendees’ return (see News, October 28 issue).

COM-UK has sent a letter to COM requesting the presentation delay until the 2022 World Show in Spain. COM is yet to respond.

The London fancy needs to pass Stage Three in order to be recognised as a new variety by COM.

“COM-UK won’t be sending any birds to the 2021 show, so there will be no way of getting the items needed for the London fancy presentation to the show,” explained Andy Early, LFCC show secretary.

“This is partly due to the Covid-19 situation but also in part because of Brexit. The UK will be out of Europe by then, and it is not clear what will happen with birds leaving and entering the country.”

The London fancy’s second stage of the recognition process succeeded at the 2020 World Show in Matosinhos, Portugal. A presentation was given by Huw Evans to five COM judges, who then individually appraised 12 sample London fancy exhibits put before them (see News, February 12 issue).

The birds were scored on special judging sheets produced by the LFCC, and the scores of all five judges were calculated to give an average score of 89. A minimum of 87 points was required.

We asked whether an extra year would work in favour of the London fancy presentation, and Mr Early replied: “With more fanciers keeping London fancy canaries, there is every chance a few more good examples will be bred, although there have been some very good ones bred this year.”

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