Build a box!

Build a box! Join us on 19th May for our social spring open day. Tea and cake, look at waterfowl, WKQT* and more! Richardsons Sawmill have cut us planks so you won’t have to deal with logs as big as this one. Thank to our generous sponsors Richardsons and Jewsons. Contact for tickets *Waterfowl […]

Bird Gatherings can now include waterfowl

Looking down at the show from the gallery

From 12pm on the 26 April 2024 gatherings of all poultry including anseriforme birds (for example ducks and geese) are permitted in England provided you: follow and meet the requirements of the poultry gathering general licence notify the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) of the gathering at least 7 days before the event. Gatherings of […]

Join us for a waterfowl workshop

Pose your questions to a panel of waterfowl experts, build a nest box and look at the practical side of waterfowl keeping.  Contact the secretary for tickets – £8 for members and £15 for non-members. Includes the nest box kit for tickets bought in advance.

AGM reminder

Just a reminder of our AGM at Slimbridge on Saturday at 2pm. If you cannot make it and would like to view proceedings, the secretary will send out a Zoom link on Thursday to all paid-up members. No link? Contact the office by noon on Friday and we’ll do our best to send one to […]

Gatherings allowed, but not for waterfowl

Tim Daniels show photographer

A small easement in the gatherings ban has been announced as from tomorrow. The full announcement is here: Please make sure anyone who asks about this reads the WHOLE release, particularly this, paragraphs 10 and 11: ‘Gatherings of Anseriforme poultry and Anseriforme birds including ducks, geese and swans are not permitted. These changes only […]

BWA member event

The BWA will be visiting the beautiful Edwardian country hall and estate on the outskirts of Leeds – Lotherton Hall. Lotherton’s Wildlife World tells the story of its natural heritage, while drawing on the travels of previous owners of the estate, the Gascoignes. In the evening we will have a group meal at the Ash […]

The Christopher Marler BWA Award

Young breeder scholarship Applications are invited from young people who have shown aptitude and skill in breeding waterfowl. Following the death of Christopher Marler in July 2019, his family have generously offered to fund a ten-year series of grants to be made in his name. These are to encourage young people who aspire to go […]

Pal-Mates … weekend web tip

Grass nesters such as this American Wigeon Mareca americana depend on camouflage and subtlety. Never look them in the eye! Any brown dimorphic female can abandon the nest if she feels her cover is blown… they are best checked from 10 days, so if they need to be lifted to an incubator, they have a greater […]

Pal-Mates … weekend web tip.

Do you know what’s in an egg? We are pretty familiar with the eggshell, made primarily from calcium carbonate, the chemical compound which also makes up the majority of sea shells, as well as chalk and limestone. But what do you know about the layers within? Read more about the chemistry of eggs and egg shells […]