Bird Flu Alert In The UK – UPDATE

The Budgerigar Society is delighted to announce that DEFRA have lifted the restrictions which were in place following the case of Avian Flu in the Preston area last month. We thank all members in the affected area for their co-operation and patience in the circumstances.  



We have been informed that an outbreak of H7N7 Bird Flu has been confirmed at a poultry farm in Goosnargh, Preston, Lancashire. A six-mile surveillance zone and three-mile protection zone have been put in place around the farm to stop the “highly pathogenic” case from spreading.

In order to assist DEFRA we would urge all keepers of Budgerigars including members of the Budgerigar Society living within these zones to respect the DEFRA guidelines and NOT move any of their birds. This means that any affected member will therefore be unable to exhibit their birds at any show until the restrictions are lifted.

Further,  if a show venue is within the 6 mile radius of the outbreak then the show will unable to be held until the restrictions are lifted.

For any clarification please contact the Budgerigar Society Administrator on 01828 633030.


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Terry Tuxford About the Author:

Terry Tuxford first began breeding budgerigars in 1979 and joined the BS in 1980. He was elevated to Champion in 1985 when he went into partnership with Brian Poole. This partnership is probably one of the longest existing partnerships in the UK hobby today having lasted some 27 years so far and is still going strong. Terry and Brian are also partnered by Yvonne Tuxford who joined the BS in 1990.

Terry demonstrated his penmanship early in his budgerigar career and wrote in the second edition of Budgerigar World. Little did he realise then that in just over 8 year’s time he would become editor following a 20 month apprenticeship with founding editor, Gerald Binks. Terry went on to edit a total of 245 editions up to May 2011.

In 1993 Terry took his Budgerigar Society Judges final examination and was awarded Subsidiary Judge of the Year and has gone on to judge the Budgerigar Society World Show on three occasions as well as many top shows at home and abroad. He is also an accomplished speaker and has been a guest at societies throughout the UK as well as Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada and many other European countries.

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