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The Parrot Society deserves the thanks of all UK birdkeepers for putting on this show, the “National Exhibition”. Each succeeding show has proved to be bigger and better than the previous one; in spite of the economic conditions, this year’s show will certainly be an even greater success than its predecessors, with more exhibitors participating in the competitive sections, attracting thousands of visitors to the show and the Sales Day that accompanies it.


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Founded in 1945, the National Council for Aviculture (NCA) is the umbrella organisation for all UK cage and aviary bird enthusiasts, and currently caters for the Canary, Budgerigar, British and Foreign Bird fancies. Its principal objective is to actively promote the welfare, study, development, breeding, and exhibition of birds within a managed environment. It was re-organised in 2007 to make it more relevant to the challenges of the 21st Century. The threats to bird-keeping are ever-present, and although not high on the government agenda at present time, we must continue to remain vigilant and to prepare ourselves for potential threats in the future.


A new full colour booklet “Welcome to Birdkeeping” was published by the NCA last year. It is intended as a starting point to encourage people to take up birdkeeping as a hobby, and copies will be available from the NCA stand. The NCA website also includes a substantial number of detailed care sheets covering all aspects of bird care. Hard copies of these care sheets can also be made available to clubs on request, and to those who do not have access to the internet.


Communication with existing and potential birdkeepers is an essential part of the NCA’s activities. In addition to making contributions to policies at international and government levels, the NCA aims to provide quality information to its member organisations and to the world at large through its website http://www.nca.uk.net Reports of all NCA meetings are posted on the website shortly after the event. All Clubs affiliated to the NCA, whether at specialist or CBS level, are offered the facility to have their websites linked to the NCA website, and to have significant events for their Club advertised.


As another service to affiliated clubs, whether a CBS or any of the specialist clubs affiliated to the four parent bodies, is a £5million public liability insurance scheme. For a very competitive price this covers all of the clubs shows and meetings. In addition, all affiliated CBS’s are eligible for NCA rosettes for their show, and those hard working officials that are to be found at the heart of almost every bird club can be recognised through the NCA award schemes (details on the website).


Visit the new impressive NCA stand at this year’s show, and talk to some of the Management Committee. Chris Smith – Chairman, NCA


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