Gloucestershire Wildfowlers Association News

Start of Season letter from Chairman

Dear Members, With the season fast approaching, I thought I would update you with what has been happening within the Association. Firstly, we are now the 'Gloucestershire Wildfowling and Conservation Association'. This was done to recognize the amount of conservation work that we as an association take part in. It also emphasizes that point to government and other organisations and agencies. On that note, we are currently in the initial planning stage of further work at Poulton Court that may be paid for entirely by grants. This is potentially a 5 year project and requires a lot of work by the committee. We now have a waiting list of people wanting to join the Association. We limit our associate numbers, to ensure that people can get out and have good instruction on the ID course. Marsh walks have just started for our associate members and will be taking place throughout the summer. New associate members where they can, are advised to attend these as it is a way to gain a knowledge of our marshes before the season starts and also a way of meeting other members of our association. Associate flights are currently being organised and dates for these are on…

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May 2019 Newsletter

Gloucestershire Wildfowlers Association Newsletter - May 2019 West of England Game Fair Many thanks to everyone who helped the club at the West of England game fair over the two days the event was held. Much interest in the club both in terms of the wildfowling and conservation activity we undertake was generated from this event and those who attended in support of the club worked hard to promote the GWCA and our wildfowling and conservation activities, so once again many thanks everyone. AGM The AGM was held at the new venue of the Anchor Inn, Epney this year as a cost effective change from the Fromebridge mill and proved to be a popular evening with many members turning up and having an opportunity to hear what the clubs committee has been doing on their behalf over the last twelve months,and ask any questions they wanted to .Also the evening was an opportunity to socialise with other members during the cliose season with fun events like the raffle raising a good sum of money for the club. Many thanks to everyone who worked to make this evening such an enjoyable occasion and also to those who donated raffle prizes. Robert Nirac Trophy Winner This…

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GWA Newsletter Dec 2018

Gloucestershire Wildfowlers Association Newsletter - December 2018 GWA host BASC Ladies day The GWA hosted an introduction to wildfowling for Ladies day on Monday 3rd December with the ladies getting a guided tour of WWT Slimbridge, chance to get out on a flight at the clubs marshes and an evening meal at the Anchor Inn, Epney. In spite of the terrible traffic issues on the local motorway network all Ladies attending this event had a fantastic time, there was a variety of shooting experience amongst the participants ranging from shooting driven game to shooting clays but all were new to the world of wildfowling and have hopefully gone away from the event with a desire to take their wildfowling experience further. Many thanks to everyone who helped out on the day and made this event such an enjoyable experience for all the Ladies who attended. Junior Day The junior evening flight at Wainlodes was judged to be a great success with all the youngsters that attended getting shots in and four mallards in the bag come the end of the evening, many thanks to everyone who helped organise this event and made the evening so special for tomorrows generation of wildfowlers. Wildfowl ID Course Congratulations…

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News Feb 2018

Gloucestershire Wildfowlers Newsletter February 2018 Message from the Chairman Dear Members
Now that the season has ended, (I hope everyone managed to get some shooting in during the last four and half months and bag a few birds). It's now time to look ahead. Your committee will be working on projects during the closed season to try and add more shooting areas and accesses to our list of sites. We will be arranging work parties and I hope people will be able to give up some time to participate in these. Even a couple of hours is always a big help. Frampton fair, even though still a long way in the future, will suddenly be upon us. Again, we will be looking for volunteers to give up a couple of hours to help on the day. 
Can I thank all those members who took out associates during the last season, your help and advice certainly paid off this year with 100% pass rate achieved on the ID course Please keep watching the web site and read the news letters as this is the only way the committee can inform you of what is happening. Again I hope you all had a successful…

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GWA Hosts “Brilliant” day for students

by Ian Morton It was billed as a one-day student's introduction by the GWA to wildfowling on the Severn estuary, but Sunday, February 5, could mark the start of an important on-going educational programme for young people on college courses. Initiative for the day came from lecturer Matt Dutton, who runs the countryside management course at South Staffordshire College near Stafford. The two-year course has a strong 'keepering element, but he wanted an experience of wildfowling to widen his students' knowledge, and so approached GWA Education Officer Anthony Whitton. Anthony got together with other GWA officers to compress into about 12 hours the association's four-day classroom, species identification and marsh visit membership qualification course. Seven students and two lecturers joined members at 8.0 am on an icy and largely fog-bound Frampton marsh and Berkeley Ditch where foreshore procedures including safety were explained. Sadly the stunning estuary panorama and the Cotswold backcloth to the east were obscured, though the visitors were assured by accompanying members that just being there in a clear dawn could be reward enough, and that the appearance of wildfowl would be a bonus. Tempting goose and duck calls heard through the prevailing murk turned out to be a…

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