Lindsay Nutley, RFCG’s newest member, and founder member Fred Barnicoat. Photo Eelco Meyjes
On 10 August the RFCG had its 10th Anniversary
Fred Barnicoat , who is widely regarded as one of the grand masters of South African aviculture, and a founder member of the Rare Finch Conservation Group, shares some of his wisdom and expertise with Lindsay Nutley who is the newest member to join the RFCG. Fred, who is a retired Latin teacher, is also the person who fathered the name Rare Finch Conservation Group
Neville Brickell as a specialist film maker in the early sixties
It is difficult to believe that when the RFCG first started in 2005 GOOGLE was still very much in it’s infancy and facebook hadn’t even been born yet. By using their incredible collection of bird books Fred Barnicoat and Neville Brickell ( who is also a founder member of the RFCG ), were able to provide a lot of the facts needed for the RFCG to build its very first website. These two great doyens of South African aviculture, who are now deep in their seventies, have had their outstanding work published in many leading South African and international bird books.
The authoritative Roberts’ Birds of Southern Africa 6th edition published in 1993. The first edition was published in 1940
Not many people know of the fact that Professor Gordon Lindsay Maclean, who authored the Sixth Edition of the famous Roberts’ Birds of Southern Africa , publicly acknowledged the important contribution made by aviculturists when nesting and incubation data was not available to him on certain bird species in the wild .
Today, thanks to the internet, information is sourced and shared a lot quicker. Part of Lindsay Nutley’s responsibility is to help guide the RFCG to be an active participant in the exciting new digital age . Last year Lindsay , who is an Australian based in Vietnam , uploaded the RFCG onto facebook, which in turn resulted in us finding the second photograph in the world of the elusive and threatened Shelley’s crimsonwing.This photograph was very kindly donated by Colin Jackson who is based in Nairobi, Kenya. The Shelley’s crimsonwing is the finch that is used in the RFCG logo.
CHEERS TO THE NEXT 10 YEARS AND MANY THANKS TO ALL OUR GENEROUS SUPPORTERS AND SPONSORS THAT HAVE BELIEVED IN US OVER THE PAST TEN YEARS. WITHOUT YOU NOTHING WOULD HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE.
The Rare Finch Conservation Group is registered in South Africa as a non-profit organisation and is totally dependent on donors and sponsors to carry out its conservation work on finches in the wild. All donations will be publicly acknowledged , unless otherwise requested, on the RFCG website. Donations can be made to the following account. Rare Finch Conservation Group, Nedbank. Account number 1933 198885 Branch : Sandown 193 305 South Africa ( For international donors please add ) SWIFT NEDSZAJJ.