Gloucestershire Wildfowlers Association News

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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