CHAMPION WATERFOWL EXHIBITION

At the show

Waterfowl shows are held during the autumn and winter months – the birds look at their best then, as they have recovered from the rigours of the breeding season and have recently moulted into fine new plumage. The birds also travel better in cooler weather.

At the show

With an exceptional display of more than 500 domestic ducks and geese, the Champion Waterfowl Exhibition is an excellent opportunity to view the wide variety of domestic duck and goose breeds available. Our flagship show is held on the first Sunday in November. It is one of the largest waterfowl shows in the country, with a friendly atmosphere and excellent examples of most breeds on domestic ducks and geese, and represents the largest gathering of BWA members in the year. It is a chance to talk with fellow enthusiasts, breeders and judges (after they have finished judging) to gain advice and information or to purchase good quality waterfowl.

At the show

The exhibition brings together over 200 show classes of domestic duck, geese and waterfowl eggs, including classes for juniors and for novices. Together with call duck and wildfowl displays, a selection of waterfowl are available for sale at the event and the BWA shop will offer a wide range of specialist waterfowl books and other gifts. We have classes for Juniors and Novices – many who have started out showing in these classes have gone on to become established exhibitors in the main classes.

At the show

We operate an Exhibitor of the Year scheme for all domestic breeds. A number of shows around the country participate, and winners of the Best of Breed awards at these shows gain points towards to overall best exhibitor for each of these breeds.

New Venue for 2016

We are keen to make the Champion Waterfowl Exhibition a focal event for the whole Association, since it is the largest gathering of members which takes place in the year. We would like to offer something for all aspects of waterfowl keeping. One recent development was the photographic competition which attracted a good response, both in terms of entries and interest generated from the display at the show.

First Prize

To further this aim, and following a very generous offer of sponsorship for five years, we have booked Stratford Park Leisure Centre, Stroud, Gloucestershire for the 6th November 2016 show. This venue has a swimming pool (exhibitors will have to pay the normal rates!) and other amenities nearby. (See links below) It is also readily accessible from the M5 motorway.

First Prize

We are hoping to attract much more passing trade by publicity in the area to help cover the additional costs of this venue. We would appreciate offers of help in this from local members. We hope that exhibitors will get behind this move and support us in what we believe will be a very exciting development. In previous years, a display of wildfowl has proved popular. We would love someone to offer birds for such a display again.

At the show

Other funding will also be appreciated – we would welcome other sponsorship. We can also accommodate a limited number of trade stands – please get in touch!

Stratford Park Leisure Centre

Museum In The Park (Stroud)

Painswick Rococo Gardens

The Bird and Deer Park, Prinknash

Westonbirt Arboretum

Slimbridge Wetland Centre