Second year of Havant and Solent societies’ bird show is a soaring success

More than 700 birds were exhibited at the Havant Cage Bird Society and Solent Cage Bird Society's annual show at Portchester Community School. Picture: Duncan Shepherd
More than 700 birds were exhibited at the Havant Cage Bird Society and Solent Cage Bird Society's annual show at Portchester Community School. Picture: Duncan Shepherd
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Bird enthusiasts and wildlife lovers alike flocked to an annual show organised by two local societies.

The Havant Cage Bird Society and Solent Cage Bird Society teamed up on Sunday, November 12 to host one of the largest shows of its kind in the UK.

Terence Sayers with his prize winning Variable Sunbird 9 (Best Foreign Bird, Best Nectar Feeder).  Picture: Duncan Shepherd

Terence Sayers with his prize winning Variable Sunbird 9 (Best Foreign Bird, Best Nectar Feeder). Picture: Duncan Shepherd

More than 700 exhibits were put on display for the show at Portchester Community School, which is now in its second year.

Terence Sayers, secretary of the Solent CBS and exotic bird breeder, said that the show ‘was a great success’ which shall hopefully ensure the return of the show in 2018.

He added: ‘A lot of people don’t realise that birdkeeping is now one of the most popular hobbies in the UK. The place was packed all day.’

Jessica Goodwin with her Fife Canary, winner in the Best Junior category. 
Picture: Duncan Shepherd

Jessica Goodwin with her Fife Canary, winner in the Best Junior category. Picture: Duncan Shepherd

Bill Painter and his pair of pippits, winner of Best British Bird. 
Picture: Duncan Shepherd

Bill Painter and his pair of pippits, winner of Best British Bird. Picture: Duncan Shepherd

Geoff Gale and his prize-winning opaline lovebird, which got first place in the Current Year Bred category. 
Picture: Duncan Shepherd

Geoff Gale and his prize-winning opaline lovebird, which got first place in the Current Year Bred category. Picture: Duncan Shepherd

Ray Piper and his gouldian finch, named Best Australian Finch. 
Picture: Duncan Shepherd

Ray Piper and his gouldian finch, named Best Australian Finch. Picture: Duncan Shepherd

Bernard Murray with his Irish Canary, winner in the Best Canary category.  Picture: Duncan Shepherd

Bernard Murray with his Irish Canary, winner in the Best Canary category. Picture: Duncan Shepherd

Kevin Norman with his Best Novice prize-winning Norwich canary. Picture: Duncan Shepherd

Kevin Norman with his Best Novice prize-winning Norwich canary. Picture: Duncan Shepherd

Bob Mouland, winner of Best Zebra Finch and Best Champion Breeder. Picture: Duncan Shepherd

Bob Mouland, winner of Best Zebra Finch and Best Champion Breeder. Picture: Duncan Shepherd

Brian Toghill with his winning flourino canary, which took first prize in the Best Any Other Variety category. Picture: Duncan Shepherd

Brian Toghill with his winning flourino canary, which took first prize in the Best Any Other Variety category. Picture: Duncan Shepherd