Severn Counties was founded in 1972 and has for many years had a stand down at the Bath & West show each year. The club has a monthly meeting , usually a slide show and talk, and also does charitable events and helps at the annual Winterbourne carnival over the May Day weekend. There are also various club outings to various walks, zoos etc.
The history of the various species now kept is a complicated one, involving among other things exploitation of wildlife, the process of domestication, social history, and attempts at genetic engineering by both amateur hobbyists and professional scientists. It is far too complicated to go into in a single post, but later in the year I hope to blog about some of this.