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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- 2016
Best British Hardbill Breeding  
L. Winchester
Best British Softbill Breeding    
R. Tippett
Best British Mule/Hybrid Breeding
F. Smith
Best Overall British Breeding
R. Tippett
Best Foreign Seedeater Breeding  
C. Bridges
Best Australian Finch Breeding  
C. Bridges
Best Parrotlike Hardbill Breeding  
C. Bridges
Best Parrotlike Softbill Breeding
Not awarded
Best Zebra Finch Breeding    
A. Worley
Best Bengalese Finch Breeding  
R. Kiddle
Best Overall Foreign Breeding
C. Bridges
Best Junior Breeding   
Not awarded
Best Overall Breeding   
C. Bridges
BREEDING STATISTIC’S
Species
2016 Pairs Bred
2016 Young Reared
2015 Pairs Bred
2015 Young Reared
British Hardbill  
38
119
24
111
British Softbill  
1
1
1
2
British Mule/Hybrid
1
2
2
6
Foreign Hardbill  
6
30
6
31
Foreign Softbill   
0
0
0
0
Australian Finches
13
65
14
66
Parrotlike Hardbill  
30
107
19
104
Parrotlike Softbill
0
0
0
0
Foreign Wildfowl
0
0
0
0
Zebra  Finches
7
38
0
0
Bengalese Finches
6
21
4
18
Total
102
383
70
338
Breeding Forms Received
  2016  -  20
   2015  -  16

FIRST BREEDINGS 2016

R.Drew bred

Common Bluebonnet

R. Kiddle bred

Black-cheeked Lovebird


Black-cheeked Lovebird

Fred Smith
Best Mule/Hybrid

C. Bridges

Best Overll Breeding

Best Parrotlike,Seedeater

& Australiam

Breeding

Roger Tippett
Best British Softbill
Britsh Overall Breeding
Roy Kiddle
Best Bengalese
Breeding

Lee Winchester

Best British Hardbill

Breeding

Alan Worley

Best Zebra Finch

Comments from Mark  

Another successful year of breeding by SCF& BBS members resulted in a total of 381 birds bred. The numbers of birds breed by members since the society was formed now totals close to forty thousand. Chris Bridges won the ‘Overall Breeding Award’ for 2016 with an impressive collection of foreign bird breeding’s which included ten different species.    A ‘First Breeding’ Diploma is awarded to any member who successfully breeds a species not previously recorded.  In 2016 two new species were bred for the first time by two members:

             Black-cheeked Lovebird - Roy Kiddle       Common Blue Bonnet Parakeet – Roger Drew

British Hardbills were down in numbers and only one British Softbill was bred.  Foreign seedeaters were again down in numbers on previous years but on a positive note a few species not recorded for a while made an appearance.  Zebra Finch breeding recovered from last year’s unprecedented low of not a single bird being bred.  On a brighter note Parrotlike Hardbill breeding continues to grow with encouraging levels of both numbers and species.  2016 saw ten species of Parrotlike Hardbill bred, which included the two ‘First Breeding’s’  

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.