UK Specialist & Rare Variety Show

The first National Specialist and Rare Variety Open Show in the UK was held on 3rd July 1988 in Luton, Bedfordshire and was a great success with an entry in excess of 1660. That first show was sponsored by Budgerigar World.

The concept for the event stemmed originally from the six specialist societies in the well as an idea originated in the U.S.A. through Budgerigar World.  The idea was to have an independent show staged purely for the specialist and rare varieties without the usual overall Best in Show and Best in Section as in normal shows but for each variety to have its own Best in Show.

The show has and continues to act as an educational basis for judges and fanciers regardless of their time in the hobby because of the particular varieties that are not usually benched at major shows. This national show, now acknowledged as the best show for the specialist and rare varieties in the world, is attended by fanciers from many other countries as well having judges engaged to judge the show from all parts of the world.

Ghalib Al-Nasser was the Show Manager for that very first event; a position he still holds today. In addition he has also been Show Organiser since the second event in 1989.

The 24th UK Specialist & Rare Variety Open Show will be held on 30th June & 1st July 2012.

Full details are shown below (click to enlarge).

Results and reports from previous shows (back to 2001) may be viewed at the end of this article.

UK Specialist & Rare Variety Open Show Reports

2001 to 2002 & 2004 to 2010 courtesy of Budgerigar World:

2011 Show report on


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About the Author: Ghalib Al-Nasser kept budgerigars as a young boy in his native country Iraq, but after completing his engineering studies in England he started again and joined the Budgerigar Society of G.B. in 1971. He is heavily involved in the administration (management & shows) of many local, national and specialist societies as well as being the secretary of the World Budgerigar Organisation (WBO). He has judged in not less than 30 countries in the 6 continents and has lectured in many countries all over the world. He was made President of the Budgerigar Society of G.B. in 2001.

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  1. Bryan Pearce says:

    I was just enquiring what site I could see pictures of the rare varieties so that I could perhaps match them up with ours. I belong to the rare variety club of Western Australia. I’m Ghalib will remember me from his visits.

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