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Application for Club Affiliation & Public Liability Insurance Cover

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NCA Press release : 10th July 2013 meeting.
Spreading the Word

All four parent bodies (Budgerigar Society, British Bird Council, Canary Council, Foreign Bird Federation) were well represented at the 10th July Management Committee meeting of the National Council for Aviculture held at Charnwood Arms Hotel, Coalville, Leicestershire.

Chairman, Chris Smith, reported on the successful NCA attendance at the London Pet Fair in May at which 1200 NCA ‘Welcome to Bird keeping’ booklets and Canary Council ‘Canary Basics’ leaflets were distributed to the public along with copies of the Yorkshire Canary Club flyer. Special thanks went to the CBS teams from Staines and High Wycombe   who provided an aviary with a mixed collection of attractive finches and canaries much appreciated by many of the 13-14,000 attendees. The Zebra Finch Society had its own individual stand at Earl’s Court.

Future opportunities to raise the profile of bird keeping are planned for the Manchester and Stoneleigh Pet Fairs, Thame Show, Royal Egham and other county events. In anticipation of this a new Breeder’s Register has been commissioned for sale from the NCA and Canary Council stands and a new publication entitled ‘Care of Canaries’ is being jointly produced by the YCC, Canary Council and NCA for distribution at home and abroad. A new printing of ‘Welcome to Bird keeping’ has also been ordered.

The next COM/UK meeting is on 21st September. Dave Paine of FBF was elected as replacement representative for Brian Hogg who has had to withdraw due to business commitments. Dave will join Chris Smith and Ghalib Al-Nasser on the COM/UK committee. The secretary agreed to contact COM regarding show standards for Bengalese mutations and Zebra Finches to establish if or how far they differ from UK standards. He will report back to the next meeting.

The British Bird Fancy continues to seek clear answers from DEFRA on a number of pressing issues regarding regulations. MP John Randall is pursuing these on the NCA’s behalf and Chris Smith will raise them at the Sustainable Users Network (SUN) meeting on 31st July.

NCA President, Roger Carr, was pleased to present Chairman, Chris Smith and Secretary, Ghalib Al-Nasser with certificates upon their inclusion on the Roll of Honour for outstanding services to aviculture over many years. Prominent Border canary fancier, Phil Warne, and Ray Morgan, long-serving former secretary of the Welsh Border Fancy    Canary Club and current President were also entered on the Roll of Honour. Congratulations to them all.

Ghalib Al-Nasser & Chris Smith receiving their NCA Roll of Honour certificates from the President Roger Carr

Several long service awards nominated by Spey Valley CBS were agreed : Frank Ralph – gold badge; Mike Davies, Brian Forbes, Peter Jones and John Munro – bronze badges. Well done, gentlemen.

All clubs and organisations affiliated to the NCA are eligible to apply for long service awards by writing to the secretary. Full details of the various award schemes and all other matters pertaining to the NCA   are published on the NCA website :

The next NCA Management Committee meeting will be on 6th November 2013 at the same venue.

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Roger Carr, the new President of the NCA
Reported by Ghalib Al-Nasser, NCA Secretary

The National Council for Aviculture held its Annual General Meeting on 6th April at the Charnwood Arms Hotel in Coalville, Leicestershire, followed shortly afterwards by the Management Committee meeting.


Both the Chairman, Chris Smith, and Secretary/Treasurer, Ghalib Al-Nasser, gave comprehensive written reports after welcoming those who attended. The highlights of those reports were:


  • Members of the NCA Management Committee were thanked for their support, particularly the Secretary for all the administrative tasks undertaken. Thanks were recorded to the out-going President Barry Mills and Roger Carr was welcomed as the new President for 2013.

  • The NCA exhibition stand has been used extensively to promote birdkeeping in the UK, attending three County shows, two Stafford events, and also the successful London Pet Fair at Earls Court.

  • Links with DEFRA have been maintained through meetings of the Joint Liaison Group (JLG) and Sustainable Users Network (SUN). In support of the British Bird Fancy a meeting has been arranged by the NCA with John Randall MP to see if he can assist in resolving certain problems with DEFRA and Natural England.

  • Evidence has been given to the Law Commission relating to the proposed review of the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981), and meetings will be held with the Companion Animal Sector Council in connection with secondary legislation under the Animal Welfare Act (2006).

  • The necessity of finding an NCA CBS Liaison Officer through advertising if necessary.

  • The accounts are in a healthy state and the balance sheet was approved.

  • Three meetings of the NCA Management Committee were held in 2012, with all four Parent Bodies participating.

  • COM-UK entered a larger team for the World Show in January in Hasselt, Belgium with 170 exhibits from 34 exhibitors, and won 4 gold, 2 silver, and 3 bronze medals. The total entry at this show was 23,587, with 2,692 exhibitors from 21 countries. Thanks were recorded to Gary Mann and Richard Lumley for their excellent work as COM-UK Team conveyers. Both Ghalib Al-Nasser and Brian Hogg were applauded for their medal successes with 3 gold & 1silver between them. The 2014 World Show will be held in Bari, Italy.

  • A letter, agenda and balance sheet had been sent to all 63 NCA Life Members, and to all affiliated societies before the AGM.

  • The Public Liability Insurance scheme continues to be successful. To date 41 CBS’s have affiliated, and 73 clubs bought NCA Insurance.

  • A number of Societies have taken advantage during the year since the last AGM of the NCA Long Service gold, silver & bronze lapel badges namely The Aviculture Society, Crewe & District CBS, National Bengalese Fanciers Association, Southend & District B&FBS and the Zebra Finch Society. Both Jim Addison and Don Hunter were added to the NCA Roll of Honour with Fred Rix added to the Hall of Fame.

Roger Carr from the Budgerigar Society was inaugurated as the new President and Dennis Webster, nominated by the Foreign Bird Federation, was elected as the President Elect. Barry Mills was appointed to the list of Honorary Life Vice Presidents to join Denis Glasby Brian Hughes, Dennis Norton and Charles Woolley.

The new NCA President Roger Carr with the outgoing President Barry Mills at the AGM

The Secretary informed the meeting that the following representatives from the parent bodies will form the Management Committee; British Bird Council ~ Robb Brown, Bob Partridge, Craig & Julie Walker; Budgerigar Society ~ Ghalib Al-Nasser, Gordon Grist, Maurice Roberts, Bob Francis; Canary Council ~ David Allen, Brian Hogg, Barry Mills, Gary Mann, Terry Salt; Foreign Bird Federation ~ Peter Collins, Dave Paine, Dennis Webster.


The Management Committee held their meeting soon after the AGM and confirmed Chris Smith as the Chairman (elected for 3 years in 2011) and Dennis Webster as Vice Chairman & Minutes Secretary. Other officers elected were Ghalib Al-Nasser as the Secretary, Treasurer and Website Controller. Barry Mills was elected as the new Publicity Officer and the Awards Committee was elected as Robb Brown, Gordon Grist, Brian Hogg & Dave Paine. The important position of CBS Liaison Officer is still vacant and anyone who is interested in this post is asked to contact the secretary.


The Management Committee approved two new members to be added to the NCA Roll of Honour, namely Chris Smith & Ghalib Al-Nasser, for outstanding services to both the Canary & Budgerigar fancy and for their contribution to the NCA and the formation of COM-UK. Both Gainsborough CBS and the Zebra Finch Society had sent letters nominating members for the NCA Long Service Badges which were approved. They were Brian Rudling, Ian Whiston & Ken Markham (Gold), Brent Humphries & Ian Slack (Silver).


Janice Al-Nasser (centre) President of Southend & District B&FBS
presenting the NCA Long Service Gold badges to Vic & Doreen Springett
for their outstanding contribution to the society spanning some 50 odd years.


The NCA will have a presence at the London Pet Fair on 11th/12th May with a display of different birds in an aviary. The NCA will work closely with the BBC to review the Wildlife and Countryside Act following DEFRA’s recent announcement.  An NCA power point presentation is now available to be used at evening meetings of cage bird clubs.


Cage Bird Societies are encouraged to affiliate to the NCA (affiliation fee is 20) and will in return get 4 NCA rosettes for the Best British Bird, Budgerigar, Canary & Foreign Bird at their shows. They will also have access to nominations for NCA Awards as well as advice on who to contact for legal assistance. The fee for Public Liability Insurance is 50 and for those societies who wish to both affiliate and apply for the insurance cover will have a 5 reduction making a total cost of 65.


Clubs wishing to affiliate to the NCA should visit our website ( for the form, or contact the Secretary Ghalib Al-Nasser at Evenstar, Pinkuah Lane, Pentlow, Sudbury CO10 7JW (Tel: 01787 282332 or email at

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