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Severn Counties is proud of its breeding scheme and asks its members to complete a breeding form each year. These records have been kept since 1973 and they provide valuable information on the availability and subsequent breeding results of many species. The forms are collected at the end of October and the Breeding Committee meet during November each year to discuss the results and award the Trophy’s which are then presented at the Annual General meeting in January. The results are then notified to all the national societies for collation into national records.
Breeding Officer
Mark Hemmings
BREEDING TROPHY AWARDS
2017
Best British Hardbill Breeding  
L. Winchester
Best British Softbill Breeding    
Not awarded
Best British Mule/Hybrid Breeding
E. Darlow
Best Overall British Breeding
L. Winchester
Best Foreign Seedeater Breeding  
C. Bridges
Best Australian Finch Breeding  
N. Smith
Best Parrotlike Hardbill Breeding  
R. Drew
Best Parrotlike Softbill Breeding
Not awarded
Best Zebra Finch Breeding    
N. Smith
Best Bengalese Finch Breeding  
C. Bridges
Best Overall Foreign Breeding
C. Bridges
Best Junior Breeding   
Not awarded
Best Overall Breeding   
C. Bridges
BREEDING STATISTIC’S
Species
2017 Pairs Bred
2017 Young Reared
2016 Pairs Bred
2016 Young Reared
British Hardbill  
49
238
38
119
British Softbill  
0
0
1
1
British Mule/Hybrid
1
2
1
2
Foreign Hardbill  
16
105
6
30
Foreign Softbill   
0
0
0
0
Australian Finches
19
102
13
65
Parrotlike Hardbill  
35
131
30
107
Parrotlike Softbill
0
0
0
0
Foreign Wildfowl
0
0
0
0
Zebra  Finches
12
73
7
38
Bengalese Finches
3
10
6
21
Total
135
651
102
383
Breeding Forms Received
  2017  -  21
   2016  -  20

FIRST BREEDINGS 2017

R.Drew bred

Cloncurry Parrakeet

C. Bridges

Best Overll Breeding

Best Seedeater

Best Bengalese Finch

Comments from Mark  


   A very successful year of breeding by SCF& BBS members resulted in a total of 651 birds bred, an increase of just over seventy per cent on 2016. The numbers of birds breed by members since the society was formed now totals over forty thousand.

Chris Bridges again won the ‘Overall Breeding Award’ for 2017 with an impressive

collection of foreign bird breeding’s which included ten different species.

The society has recorded every species of bird bred by members since 1973, with

well over 250 different species bred. A ‘First Breeding’ Di ploma is awarded to any

member who successfully breeds a species not previously recorded. In 2017 two new species were bred for the first time by two members:

Cloncurry Parakeet – Roger Drew

Croaking Ground Dove – M & J Hemmings

British Hardbills breeding increased by over ninety percent, with the majority of the

229 birds bred being Greenfinches (177). However one sad note, for the first time

no British Softbills were bred. Lee Winchester won the award for the Best British

Hardbill breeding returning four species.

Australian finch breeding was also up, a seventy percent increase on 2016, with

Nigel Smith picking up the award for the best Australian Finch breeding.

Again foreign Seedeaters were up numbers on previous years but unfortunately there were no waxbills recorded.

Zebra Finch breeding continues to improve with Nigel Smith picking a the Zebra Finch award for his renown show quality birds.

Parrotlike Hardbill breeding continues to grow with encouraging levels of both

numbers and species. 2017 saw eleven species of Parrotlike Hardbill bred, with

Roger Drew picking up the award for the Parrot-Like Hardbill breeding.

I’d like to wish every member success in their breeding endeavour’s this coming year

and look forward to receiving your breeding returns in October. 2018.

M & J Hemmings

Croaking Ground Dove