EAST COAST FOWLERS
HEAR MIXED MESSAGES AT CONFERENCE
Nearly 100 delegates attended the the third East Coast Wildfowling
Conference at Hillington near King's Lynn on Saturday October 8th,
hosted by the nine clubs of the Wash Wildfowlers' Joint Council.
Richard Hearn of Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust reported that most of
our wildfowl populations were healthy, but that migrating birds are
wintering farther and farther north as our winters get milder. Rob
Limb of British Sugar described how changes demanded by the EU will
lead to a decrease in the growing of sugar beet - the beet waste is
the major food supply for the pink-footed geese which have increased
so much in recent years, so the consequences are worrying.
Simon Breasley of Thyme Consultants was more optimistic, showing how
clubs and individuals could take advantage of many forms of grant
aid to acquire and improve their wetland holdings, and there were
useful sessions on matters ranging from the limitations of insurance
to the best way to respond to antis.
Delegates also enjoyed seeing art by Julian Novorol, John Paley and
Simon Trinder, and a fine display of historic guns and equipment by
Terry Gladwell and friends.
The conference was supported by Shooting Times, Attleborough
Accessories, Thyme Consultants, Tidepool Wildfowling and Whittlesey
Gunshop. A variety of goods, fowling trips and art donated by the
sponsors and many others were raffled and auctioned, raising a total
of nearly £2000 in the room to defray expenses. As at previous East
Coast events the large surplus will be used to promote wildfowling,
especially among the young.
Further information from Basil Hasler, 01945 780358,