The Avicultural Society

Founded in 1894

President: Mr. Christopher Marler

The Avicultural Society is concerned with the keeping and breeding of all types of birds other than domesticated varieties. The society, based in the UK, has a world-wide membership which includes most top aviculturalists, as well as leading zoos, bird gardens, conservation organisations and research institutes around the world.

History of the Society

A small group of British and foreign bird-keeping enthusiasts met in Brighton in 1894 with a view to forming a society devoted to their interests. The newly formed society started with 52 members. In November of that year, the first issue of the society’s magazine carried an editorial in which the joint editors proposed that members should be known as aviculturists. Thus the Avicultural Society came into being and a new word – aviculture – entered the English language.

The Society Today

The Avicultural Society promotes the study of, and best practices in, keeping non-domesticated birds in captivity, publishing four 48-page issues of the AVICULTURAL MAGAZINE annually. The Society also sponsors Special Interest Groups dedicated to the captive propagation of non-domestic birds. We also encourage conservation in the wild. To this end amongst the various projects selected the Avicultural Society has assisted in the funding of Professor He Fen-Qui’s work with the Blue-crowned Laughing Thrush and hornbill research in Thailand, where villagers who previously earned money by taking chicks from their nests and selling them, now receive payments for protecting the nests and collecting nesting data.

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News and Views

2018 Autumn Social will be held Saturday September 1st

This years Autumn Social will be held on Saturday, September 1st at Paultons Park. There is a maximum of 50 places (limit 3 tickets per member). There will be a form to return for tickets in the next magazine, so if you’re planning to come (as I hope you are), please apply promptly when you ... (Read More...)

Applications for the Raymond Sawyer Scholarship are now Open

This year sees the launch of the fifth Raymond Sawyer Scholarship, funded by the Avicultural Society from a legacy left by our late President. As in previous years, the scholarship will be used to send a young birdkeeper under the age of 25, of any nationality, on a course at the Durrell Conservation Academy. ... (Read More...)

Summer Meeting 2018

This summer the Avicutural Society has once again been invited to the society meet up at Beale Park with the Parrot Society on the 5th of August. Catch up with society members and maybe make a few new friends in other societies in the process whilst enjoying Beale Park’s great bird collection. Members bringing the ... (Read More...)

Avicultural Society Trip 2018

The Avicultural Society will be going to Edinburgh / Cairngorms from September 28th through October 1st. The trip will include visits to the Edinburgh Zoo, the Highland Wildlife Park and several private collections. Full details are available here. (Read More...)

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