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since and have visited many different countries and met so many friendly people who have the same love as me of the Lizards from other parts of the world.


I have also shown at other shows such as the Golden Ring and the Festival of Colours bird shows which was where I won my first award in Europe with a Blue and a Gold Lizard. I was the first UK exhibitor to have won an award with a Blue Lizard.  I have visited France, Italy, Spain,


Portugal, Holland and Belgium and have enjoyed everyone. I have not had any successes yet but it is not all about winning it is about being part of the world wide hobby.


Other breeds.


In recent years I have experimented with other breeds as well as my beloved Lizard. I had Lancashire’s for a few years but I found they need more room than I could or had to give them. So more recently I have taken up the Fiorino Frill, which I become to love. It has an appeal to me and I have done fairly well on the show bench. In 2013 I was at the World show in Italy and spent a great deal of time studying them. As this was the country of their creation and I knew the quality would be good.


Roles with clubs.


I have also held many different roles and duties in clubs, I was Chairman of my Local cage bird club for a number of years. I held the role of patronage secretary for the LCA for a number of


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years and was the publicity officer as well a role which I really enjoyed. Talks and promoting the Lizard canary was always enjoyable, talking about the birds I love. I produced display boards and leaflets for people to take away. My best memories are of Stafford Spring show where I would have a club stand for the LCA and talking and meeting Lizard breeders from all around the UK. The club stand was also a great place for members to take a break or leave the goodies while they continued to look around.


I have considered leaving the hobby in recent years for a number of reasons but I don’t think I will ever not have Lizards. Anyway Tracy say’s I am miserable enough now without not having birds I would be twice as miserable. Maybe I will just keep them for myself to enjoy? Well this is my story of my life with birds.


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