Raymond Sawyer (1924 – 2012) was probably the best-known British aviculturist of his generation. Learning his craft as a young man, he became a very successful exhibitor and later breeder of many difficult species. His large and varied collection and beautifully designed and presented aviaries were an inspiration to many younger aviculturists. He was President of The Avicultural Society from 2007 until his death.
The Avicultural Society would like to ensure that Raymond’s legacy continues to inspire young aviculturists and help them to develop their skills. It has therefore established the Raymond Sawyer Scholarship, which will be funded from Raymond’s generous bequest to the society. It will support one young birdkeeper each year on one of the excellent avian courses run by the Durrell Conservation Academy at the world famous Durrell Wildlife Park on Jersey, and will be awarded in partnership with The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and Cage & Aviary Birds magazine.
Full scholarship details available here.