The Gloucestershire Wildfowlers Association is affiliated to BASC therefore the GWA membership fee includes BASC membership so you do not need to renew your individual BASC membership, if you are also a member of another BASC affiliated club you can claim the duplicate membership fee back from BASC.
The GWA has access to about 30 miles of foreshore on both sides of the Severn estuary and Associate members are entitled to shoot on all of our marshes but must be accompanied by a full member when they do so, this is to ensure that newcomers learn the details of the boundaries of our different shooting grounds and the potential dangers on some marshes. There is a limit of 4 visits a season at Frampton by associates.
On joining we give all associate members a guide book with maps and details of our marshes, a list of full members who have volunteered to act as mentor to new members and a record book to keep track of the marshes visited. We also arrange a number of guided shooting visits to our main marshes in the early part of each season. We give access to the members area of the website which has more information about the club, our marshes, news and other information. The majority of our members are now online which makes it possible for us to send newsletters more frequently and we regularly send general communication about club news and events by e-mail.
Although there is no fixed period for which it is necessary to be an Associate member before progressing to full membership, it is usually one season, this gives the opportunity to shoot, to attend the marsh walks we hold in the summer, shooting visits the main marshes, to attend the social events and also to complete the wildfowl identification course which we hold every year. The course is designed to teach anyone from a complete novice the skills to identify quarry species, judge range etc... we do require all members to pass this before they can become full members. The course this year is held over 4 Sundays in November. The first Sunday in December is a test.You can reduce the number of days attending.... but you have to pass to progress!
Having visited the most popular marshes and completed the ID course Associates are invited to come to one of our monthly meetings for a brief interview with the committee to ensure that the committee is confident that you know everything you need to know to shoot independently whereupon you can become a Full Member.
The GWA is a friendly and accommodating club, we strive to make the introductory process as smooth as possible for new members whilst ensuring that when Associates become full members they have the knowledge and skills to maximize their enjoyment of wildfowling.
Associate Membership is to cost the same amount as Full Membership. Their first year's subscription is to be made up of a non refundable application fee of £30 charged on joining any waiting list, the balance to be paid on joining. If no waiting list, then the amount can be paid in one instalment.
There is also a 'taster flight' available via the website if you are interested. The cost of this is £25 but that can be refunded against your membership cost if you join within 12 months.
If you have any questions please e-mail the Secretary Nic Ling on email@example.com