NCA prepares for New
Year of Activity
The latest management committee meeting of the National Council for Aviculture was held on 9th December, 2009 at the Fieldhead Hotel, Markfield, Leicestershire. The chairman, Dennis Webster, welcomed those in attendance and was pleased to announce that at the Foreign Bird Federation council meeting of 22nd November both he and David Paine of the ZFS had been re-instated as NCA delegates.
The Secretary, Dave Whittaker, was able to confirm that the first print-run of 5000 copies of the NCA's revised booklet "Welcome to Birdkeeping" would take place within the next week. These to be distributed to members of the public at all major events at which the NCA is represented in 2010 in the hope of attracting more bird lovers into the hobby of responsible birdkeeping.
The management committee approved the commissioning of a photographer to secure high quality pictures of various bird species for future publications, certificates and for the NCA's publicity stand.
Several proposed amendments to the NCA's constitution were also approved for consultation with members and eventual adoption at the next AGM. These included a number of disciplinary clauses to help preserve the NCA from undemocratic or unconstitutional behaviour from delegates of its parent bodies or from its member organisations.
The chairman informed the meeting that he had received written notification from George Booth that after two years of stewardship of the NCA's funds he was stepping down from the post of Treasurer at the end of December. The chairman thanked George for his successful efforts in reorganising and simplifying the Council's accounts after a time of considerable upheaval and changing of officers two years ago and, of course, during the current period of financial upheaval nationally and internationally. The committee echoed these sentiments and expressed a unanimous wish that George remain as a delegate on the management committee. Dave Whittaker, secretary, will oversee the Treasurer's duties between 31st December and the AGM.
The Treasurer, George Booth, presented a written statement of accounts and expected that by the end of this calendar year the NCA's total funds would show an increase on last year's figure.This represented considerable progress bearing in mind the lamentable rates if interest currently available for investment and deposit accounts.The NCA insurance scheme has proved very successful, and more and more of our member organisations are taking it up.
The secretary reported receipt of an official invitation from the executive of COM for three NCA representatives to attend a meeting on Friday, 22nd January, 2010 at the World Show in Porto with three representatives of the IOA (COM.GB) to discuss the way forward during 2010 and the lead-up to the 2011 World Show in France at which we would all hope for an increase in the number of UK birdkeepers taking part. Current communications with the IOA continue to be maintained formally in writing between the secretaries and copies sent to both chairmen.
The Chairman informed the management committee that
our very successful and energetic CBS Liaison Officer, Steve Nesbitt, had regrettably
decided to step down from his post for personal reasons and that we shall need to find a
replacement for this important position at the next AGM. In the meantime, the secretary
will continue to keep our CBS members circulated with reports of all our meetings, copies
of which will also be sent to Cage & Aviary Birds. Our Website Co-ordinator, Ghalib
Al-Nasser, will place all reports on the NCA website to keep everyone informed.
and that we shall need to find a replacement for this important position at the next AGM. In the meantime, the secretary will continue to keep our CBS members circulated with reports of all our meetings, copies of which will also be sent to Cage & Aviary Birds. Our Website Co-ordinator, Ghalib Al-Nasser, will place all reports on the NCA website to keep everyone informed.
The date of the next management committee meeting was agreed for 27th January, 2010.There being no other business, the Chairman closed the meeting at 2.40pm.
NCA Management Committee Meeting
28th October, 2009.
The management committee of the National Council for Aviculture convened an extra meeting on 28th October,2009 at its official business address in Davies House, Northampton in order to deal with a series of events in which unfounded but potentially damaging allegations against officers of the NCA were made in letters, e-mails and in a public forum on the Feathered Flyer website.
In three instances on solicitors advice letters have been issued to the authors of these unfounded allegations requiring withdrawal of the allegations and a written apology. The fallacious statements have now been removed and written apologies were received from two of the authors. The third is now being pursued by Knights Solicitors who will be seeking both an apology and recompense for the time, money, personal distress and inconvenience caused to the targets of the malignant comments.
It is a matter of particular regret that two delegates of the
The ostensible catalyst for this series of attacks on the NCA is the well-publicised application by the NCA to become a member of COM in 2010 which has been ongoing for well over a year and which the COM executive have been pleased to accept. The motives behind the application were to enhance the representation of UK bird keepers at international level, to benefit where possible from the experience and expertise of our fellow bird keepers in Europe in such matters as legislation and bird welfare and to encourage and facilitate greater participation in European avicultural events and bird exhibitions such as the World Show.
In pursuit of these aims and with the encouragement of the COM executive, the NCA has entered into negotiations with the IOA, currently the sole COM-affiliated organisation in the UK, to discuss mutually acceptable ways of co-operating as an enlarged group representing UK bird keepers on COM. The IOA has for many years offered an excellent transport service to UK exhibitors wishing to show at the World Show and also supplies to its members COM-approved closed rings which are required at all COM shows. Informal meetings are planned for the near future and we hope soon to report positively on progress made.
NCA Management Committee 1st November 2009.
Report of NCA MC Meeting
At its meeting on August 19 at Markfield the Management Committee of the National Council for Aviculture was forced to make the saddest decision required of it in recent years. In July, 2009 at Rotherham Magistrates Court one of its Honorary Life Vice Presidents and former Chairman, Sean Fitzpatrick, who had served the Council well for many years, admitted guilt and was sentenced for a number of infringements of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. Since the constitution of the NCA specifies that Honorary Life Vice Presidents shall at all times uphold with honour and dignity the constitution, traditions and policies of the NCA, the Management Committee was obliged at this stage to remove Seans name from its list of officers.
repercussions of this case go far beyond one individual, however, since assumptions made
by some or even many bird keepers about close ringing and documentary proof of birds bred
in captivity may be ill-founded and others could be unwittingly in danger of contravening
the law. The regulations in this area and their interpretation are complex and liable to
change. As a result, the NCA is consulting with DEFRA through the
On a more positive note the Management Committee was pleased to approve an application by the FBL for the late George Coe to be listed in the Hall of Fame for his lifetime of service to aviculture at national, regional and local levels. A new design was also approved for NCA diplomas which are presented to new entrants on the NCAs Roll of Honour. See NCA website (www.nca.uk.net) for details of our award schemes.
of the NCAs contribution to the Strategy for Bird Welfare it has made available on
its website a series of fact sheets about many aspects of bird care. Further welfare
sheets applicable to individual species or groups of species will be added over the coming
months. A new colourful, updated edition of the Welcome to Birdkeeping Booklet
is now with the printers and will be available for distribution from the NCA stand at the
National Bird Show of the Year at
confirmed its acceptance of COMs invitation to take up membership from
amendments to the NCAs constitution were approved for recommendation to the
membership at next years
NCA Publicity Officer
Management Committee Report
Two NCA awards were
approved at the latest Management Committee meeting held at Fieldhead Hotel, Markfield on
The first was an NCA Diploma and entry onto the Roll of Honour for Don and Irene Bardgett of the Waxbill Finch Society for many years of service to the foreign bird fancy, in particular as society secretaries and show secretaries, as UK first breeders of several species including the Whiskered Lorikeet, and currently as joint breeding record officers and publicity officers for the Waxbill Finch Society.
The second was a
posthumous recognition of the outstanding contribution made to aviculture by the late Ian
Hinze over a life time of bird keeping and breeding. He was the first
NCA Chairman Dennis
Webster and Canary Council Chairman, Barry Mills attended the latest meeting of the Bird
Welfare Strategy Group in
An order has been placed
for a new NCA stand to help publicise the organisation and promote the hobby of bird
keeping. The new stand will be stocked with fact sheets and publications of interest to
the seasoned and would-be bird keeper alike. The new stand will make its debut at the Bird
Show of the Year in
Steve Nesbitt of Grantham
CBS was appointed CBS Liaison Officer at the NCAs
The next Management
Meeting will take place on 19th August and the next
National Council For Aviculture
Annual General Meeting Report
held its 54th Annual General Meeting at the Fieldhead Hotel, Markfield on
Chairman, Dennis Webster (
2008 was a very satisfactory year for the NCA, the number of affiliating clubs rising to 105 and the number of clubs availing themselves of the NCA public liability insurance reached over 70. In spite of the credit crunch, the NCAs funds remain healthy and a modest excess of income over expenditure was achieved which allowed the Management Committee to recommend no rise in subscriptions and affiliation fees for 2009/10.
discussion, the Management Committee has opted for the official status of the NCA to
remain as an unincorporated Association rather t
continues to contribute to the work of the Bird Welfare Strategy Committee and the
Chairman and Publicity Officer will be attending the next meeting in
NCAs Exhibitor of the Year competitions were introduced in 2008 for CBS exhibitors
at affiliated clubs shows in all four sections of Canary, British, Budgerigar and
Foreign. Winners of Best in any of these sections were eligible to compete. Those
achieving Best in Section most frequently during the show season received an award. Tim
Ward of Shrewsbury CBS was the winner of the Canary Exhibitor of the Year and he was
presented with an engraved crystal bowl by NCA President, Dennis Norton at the end of the
Management Committee meeting held shortly after the
President: Dennis Norton (Canary Council)
Chairman: Dennis Webster (Foreign Bird Federation)
Vice-Chairman: Andrew Triolo (Canary Council)
Secretary: Dave Whittaker (Budgerigar Society)
Treasurer: George Booth (Budgerigar Society)
Publicity Officer &
Minutes Secretary: Barry Mills (Canary Council)
Website Manager: Ghalib Al-Nasser (Budgerigar Society)
CBS Liaison Officer: Steve Nesbitt (Foreign Bird Federation/Grantham CBS)
The last position is a new office aimed at improving contact and communication with affiliated CBSs who can benefit from their membership of the NCA through the insurance scheme, the various awards and competitions, and through access to the NCA website, as well as having access to advice on all aspects of aviculture.
wishing to affiliate to the NCA should visit our website (www.nca.uk.net)
or contact the Secretary at Davies House,
Tim Ward, Border fancier of Shrewsbury CBS, receives his award as 'Canary Exhibitor of the Year' from NCA President, Dennis Norton.
makes Two Commitments to the Future
At its Management Committee meeting on 18th February, 2009 the National Council for Aviculture made two major commitments towards further development of the councils activities in support of aviculture in the UK and Europe.
The first was an agreement to give formal notification of its affiliation to COM during 2010 with a view to supporting the World Show more extensively in 2011. At the same time the NCA has agreed to adopt COMs six-year colour coded ring sequence. This decision follows communications with COM over the past year and face-to-face discussions with the executive of COM at the recent World Show.
The reason for the delay in affiliation is that it will take a little time for one of the parent bodies that make up the NCA to comply with the ring colour sequence. The World Budgerigar Organisation and Budgerigar Society adopted this colour sequence some time ago; The Canary Council adopted the six-year cycle in 2008 and the British Bird Councils rings are already recognised by COM GB. The Foreign Bird Federation is progressing towards adoption of the revised colour sequence. Closed rings of the correct colour are a prerequisite for birds shown at all COM exhibitions.
Chairman Dennis Webster
commented: The NCA is seeking closer communication with our European neighbours
through COM in order that UK birdkeepers can benefit from their experience of European
legislation which seems more supportive of birdkeepers and encourages a more confident,
modern and forward-looking hobby t
The second major
commitment made on 18th February was to the continuing work of the Avian Welfare Strategy
Committee, which is striving to ensure that future secondary legislation to the Animal
Welfare Act of 2006 will support rather t
The Management Committee
considered the draft strategy document, which sets out the principles upon which welfare
guidelines for all birds kept for recreational purposes in the
The NCA urges all organisations and individuals who have an interest in keeping birds for recreational purposes to read and respond to this consultative document by 31st March. The document and the contact for comment are available on this website: www.birdwelfarestrategy.org.uk .
Further business carried out on 18th February
Work on welfare guidelines for individual species is being planned commencing with a general guide to the implications of bird keeping for people considering taking up the hobby.
professionally printed version of this booklet will be available at the
A new History section of the NCA website is to be developed over time giving details of the organisations development since its inception in 1945.
A new section of the website will also be devoted to breeding records such as that produced by the Severn Counties Foreign and British Bird Society. Similar results from other societies would be welcome.
The new marketing display stand is to be ready for the
Well over 50 affiliated clubs are now taking part in the NCA insurance scheme saving themselves in excess of £100 per year in many cases.
The winner of the NCAs Canary Breeder of The Year
Competition was declared as T. Ward, a border canary breeder from the
Bird Welfare Guidelines .... A Consultation
England Implementation Group (EIG) was set up by the Government following the introduction
of the Animal Welfare Act of 2006 with the purpose of formulating secondary legislation
governing the welfare of all animals in the
Consequently a committee for a Bird Welfare Strategy was set up in 2007 to propose guidelines for all birds kept for recreational purposes in captivity in
The Management Committee of the NCA has considered the draft document and, with some recommendations for the way in which detailed welfare guidelines for individual species should be drawn up, has approved it in principle.
organisations and individuals who have an interest in keeping birds for recreational
purposes should read and respond to that consultative document by
The document and the contact for comments is available on the following website www.birdwelfarestrategy.org.uk