North East
British Bird
Mule & Hybrid Club

Eric Bowater


October 7th 2013 

NEBBM&HC regrets to announce that past chairman Eric Bowater died in July.

Eric wasn’t a well known birdman outside of the NE, but was a great enthusiast for the hobby in his own quiet way. He joined what was then Cleveland BBC in the early nineties and had success with a wide array of British birds. He also kept Lizards and some Norwich. In more recent years he moved on to red siskins and foreign birds.

He became chairman of NE when the previous Chairman decided not to stand for office again. This left me as Sec and acting Chairman. After a few weeks I put it to the meeting that we couldn’t go as we were, and asked for nominations before the next meeting. Otherwise we couldn’t hold further meetings. Much to everyone’s surprise Eric was heard to murmur from the back of the room, “well, I’ll do it if you like”.

Eric was an excellent partner for me and we would often discuss club business where I could rely on his sure common sense. He could be forthright too, ending one potentially fraught club meeting with the words “right, meeting closed”, much to everyone’s surprise.  Not very constitutional, but probably the right thing on the night.

The only certain thing about Eric was that he could always surprise you. We were at Kelso OS show and I had a reasonable goldie mule in the show, also marked for sale. Much to my surprise it won its class and I turned to Eric and mused what I would do if someone offered me the asking price now that it had won. Eric produced a £20 note and held it out. His widow Christine still has the mule.

The club extends its commiserations to Christine, who has let us take much of Eric’s gear away to be sold at our show. All monies will be donated to the Macmillan nurses organisation in Eric’s name.


A very warm welcome to our new web site from our President, Ray Davison, and the members of North East British Bird Mule and Hybrid Club.


The club serves keepers and breeders of British birds and their hybrids throughout the North East of England. It was founded as Cleveland British Bird & Mule Club in the early eighties and changed its name to reflect the wider area that members come from.


As of January 2018, meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of every month and they will be at the Black Bull public house in Trimdon (TS29 6PG). We are always happy to see new faces at our meetings. 


The club offer bird breeders and owners the very best source of information, experience and advice on bird breeding, showing and healthcare in the area.  We also have a programme of occasional speakers which have included some of the best known names in Northern and Scottish British bird keeping.


The annual membership fee for 2009 is:


  • Single £5
  • Partnership £7


The club offers rosette patronage to applicants each year.


If your club wants to apply then please contact Gerry Parker.


Patronage fee in 2009 is £3 for three rosettes.