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

Autumn Social Weekend for 2016 – 10th AND 11th of September

The Autumn Social Weekend for 2016 will be held on the 10th AND 11th of September at Bristol Zoo Gardens, The Wild Place Project and the International Centre for Birds of Prey. Please remember to confirm your attendance and bring your latest copy of the magazine to confirm your membership on the day. Should you still ... (Read More...)

Invitation To Summer Garden Party June 19th 2016

This year’s garden party will be held at Birdworld on June 19th 2016 at 2:30 pm. Park entry for members is available at £9.95. Seniors are £8.85. Tea party tickets £10 each. The invitation is available here. Click here to request more information. (Read More...)

The Avicultural Society Events 2016

Following the recent formation of the events group to improve and diversify the society’s social dates, the group is issuing this short newsletter to all members to introduce ourselves, outline plans and set dates for the coming year. We hope members find it useful and we welcome any feedback. The Avicultural Society AGM, April 9th and ... (Read More...)

120 Years of the Avicultural Magazine

This multiple issue completes 120 years of the Avicultural Magazine. To mark this milestone, the Avicultural Society is publishing an index for the whole of this period. The magazine itself is of course a fantastic resource, packed with information on the behaviour and husbandry of a wide range of birds, as well as ... (Read More...)