Gloucestershire Wildfowlers Association News

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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