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

Beale park social meet

I hope your year so far has been full of birds! Many of our members may already be attending if they are members of other societies that are involved, but in case you are not, here is an update on the event we have recently got involved in. The Avicultural Society members are welcome on August 6th, ... (Read More...)

The Avicultural Society – Stewart Pyper Conservation Fund

The Avicultural Society has long supported conservation projects around the world. In the past we have donated funds to organisations as a way of supporting them. With a bequest left by Stewart Pyper we plan to make an annual contribution to conservation work. Instead of monetary donations the Society will now fund the purchase of ... (Read More...)

The 2017 Raymond Sawyer Scholarship

Applications are now being accepted for the Raymond Sawyer Scholarship. Application deadline is June 30, 2017. More information is available here. Application form is available on the Cage and Aviary Birds website. (Read More...)

Avicultural Society Trip September 2017

The society will be running a trip to see bird collections in Germany from September 29th to October 2nd, including the Frankfurt Zoo, Stuttgart Zoo, Heidelberg Zoo and several private collections. More information is available: AVICULTURAL SOCIETY TRIP SEPTEMBER 2017. (Read More...)

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