Avicultural Weekend

The Conservation Breeding Advisory Group (CBAG) annual Avicultural Weekend - Organised by Nigel Hester and Billy Wilson

Saturday 11th September 2021 at the Chandos Hall, Sudeley Castle, Winchombe, GL54 5JA starting from 10:00 with registration and coffee.  

The Chandos hall is not in the main castle grounds but in the Sudeley Castle Country cottage complex at the top left of the main castle car park (near the town). For those with walking problems it would be best to park in the cottage comlex near the hall.

The WPA Annual General Meeting will also take place at 14:00 and there will be time for a tour of the aviaries within the pheasantry.  This will involve a 10-minute walk from the meeting room to the aviaries.

We normally charge a nominal fee of about £10-15 to cover refreshments/sandwiches for lunch. We will finalise the costs in the coming weeks.


There are many choices in Winchcombe, Cheltenham and Tewksebury to suit all pockets. For economy we suggest you book either the Travelodge or the Premier Inn at Tewkesbury. The pre-paid standard rate does not offer a refund but does allow you to change the date up to 1pm on the day of arrival. 

Premier Inn Tewkesbury Hotel, Shannon Way, Ashchurch, Tewkesbury, GL20 8ND. Tel: 0333 321 9076

Travelodge Tewkesbury, off Shannon Way, Ashchurch, Tewkesbury, GL20 8ND.

Tel: 08719 846436


We normally meet on the Friday and I suggest as last time we go to the Brewers Fayre "Elmbury lodge" pub attached to the Premier Inn.  Please let Nigel Hester know if you plan to join us on Friday eventing so he can reserve some tables. 

We have booked a pub for the Saturday evening meal at the Gardeners Arms in Aldereton. They would like us to pre-order our Starters and Mains, they can do the sweets on the night. If you plan on coming, please contact me with your meal choices (nigel.hester@adive.co.uk). The pub will set up individual tabs so you only need to pay on the night, and you can add your drinks and any extras to your own tab. This link is for the evening menu https://www.gardenersarms.biz/our-menus/evening/.

Provisional Programme:

Presentation by a veterinary expert Frances Baines
Paul North – “A diet for smaller Galliformes”

John Corder – “Peacock pheasants including breeding, diet, calls and much more”

Stuart Wilson – “Galliformes in the wild including superb new video footage”

Time permitting there will be a question and answer session with a panel of experts. Please submit any questions to Barbara (office@pheasant.org.uk)