In the early 1970's there
began to emerge the feeling amongst bird keepers that an attempt to establish a viable
breeding strain of Australian finches was essential if we were to maintain these birds in
aviculture in the
Later that year membership stood at 48 and the first newsletter was published in November 1971. By 1973 membership had grown to 250 and in 1979 the regional branch structure was established.
By this time the Gouldian
Finch and Longtail Grassfinch were firmly established in British aviculture. In 1981 the
first A.F.S. Annual Convention was held and was addressed by a well-known
The Rare and Difficult
Species (RADS) scheme was started in 1993 in collaboration with
In 1996 the society had its Silver Jubilee and held its first All Finch National Show.
Today the membership is truly international with frequent contact between members around the world and with A.F.S. member field trips to the Australian Outback taking place.