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 […]

AI still affecting Black-headed Gulls

Although wild bird cases of bird flu are starting to diminish, large groups of Black-headed Gulls continue to see mass die-offs. This latest one in Bedford is a timely reminder that we still need to take utmost care with our biosecurity. See local BBC New report here: For the latest info about hygiene […]

We’re hiring!

  Summary Job Description Council Meetings • Prepare and distribute agenda & minutes for Council meetings (four per year) and the Annual General Meeting • Attend and take minutes at Council meetings and participate in online meetings • Prepare and present a financial report and general report including an overview of membership activity for Council […]

Poultry Registration consultation

It is currently mandatory for a person who is a keeper of 50 or more poultry at any single premises to register their birds on the Great Britain Poultry Register by providing specified information on the birds. The information on the register enables the government to communicate with poultry keepers quickly, to manage any potential […]

Wild waterfowl death reporting requirements intensify

Reporting dead wild birds – surveillance sensitivity increases In Great Britain, members of the public should use the new online reporting system or call the Defra helpline (03459 33 55 77) if they find one or more dead wild birds of prey, gull, swan, goose or duck, or five or more dead wild birds of […]