Page last updated: 14 April 2018 (website last updated: 30 April 2018)
Welcome to the Waxbill Finch Society's website
Website updated with WFS members' 2017 breeding returns
The 2017 breeding returns have now been incorporated into the Species section of the website and feature on the Profiles, Advisors, and Breeding Returns pages - that latter also allows you to download the full 1992-2017 returns in Excel or in pdf format. Since last year, we have presented these as a heat map to colour code the risks associated with the long-term viability of each species in UK aviculture. The returns are designed to promote debate on the popularity and risks associated with particular species. They also help in choosing those target species for the coming year.
Members who joined since July 2017 are eligible for the Top New Member award. Full details of all the special breeding awards will feature in the Summer 2018 edition of The Waxbill.
2017 AGM at Great Hallingbury, Essex
2018 Target Species
Following the 2015 breeding returns, it was agreed that the WFS would set a target species for each year to help promote awareness of, and encourage members both to keep and breed, that species.
The orange-cheeked waxbill was the first target species in 2016 and was joined by red-cheeked cordon bleu in 2017 as the numbers bred for both species had dipped precariously in recent years. The 2017 returns have shown both species have bounced back with the red-cheeked cordon bleu recording 120 bred while the orange-cheeked waxbill recorded 55 (from a low of one in 2015).
For 2018, the chosen target species is the Red-winged pytillia giving the WFS target list as:
WFS 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Members will have seen in the latest Spring edition of The Waxbill that this year's AGM has been set for Sunday 10th June where it will be held at our Northern branch venue of Bramley village hall.
Chris Ventouris is confirmed as the guest speaker. Birds for sale. Refreshments and supplies available. All members are invited to attend.
|25 May 2018 (Sunday)||South-East Branch Meeting
Great Hallingbury Village Hall, Church Road, Great Hallingbury, Essex CM22 7TY (5 mins from M11 Jnct 8 - Stansted Airport)
Hall open: 10:30am
Guest speaker: Andrew Poonians
Birds for sale. Refreshments and supplies available. Free entry to members and £1 on the door to non members.
|10 June 2018 (Sunday)||Annual General Meeting (AGM) - Bramley Village Hall, South Yorks S66 2SA (5 minutes from M18 Junction 1).
Hall open: 11am.
Guest speaker: Chris Ventouris
|All meetings||Visit our branch meetings page for all the details.|