Shooting over 6,000 acres of foreshore and an inland marsh has been secured for wildfowling clubs in the past year by BASC’s wildfowling team.
The agreements, in place to start with the current season, span many stretches of coastline including the Humber estuary, Milford Haven and parts of Essex, Norfolk, Sussex, Devon, Northumberland and North Wales.
Among the notable achievements were securing consent on 1,200 acres of foreshore and marsh on a major Lancashire estuary, and a second new consent was negotiated for 12 acres of inland marsh in Norfolk. Goldeneye have been reinstated on the consented quarry list for a site in Northumberland and in Sussex a renewed consent was negotiated for an area recently subjected to managed realignment.
Mark Greenhough, BASC’s wildfowling officer, said; “Securing leases, consents and opportunities for wildfowling is vital. I am pleased that BASC has again been able to help affiliated clubs secure access to foreshore across England and Wales. By providing this support BASC can ensure that where wildfowling is taking place on the coast it is carried out with a sustainable and responsible approach.”
John Dryden, a member of BASC Council and chairman of BASC’s Wildfowling Liaison Committee, said: “With so much of the land wildfowlers shoot over subject to lease agreements and consent terms, it is important that clubs remain vigilant and maintain close contact with our wildfowling department for help and support with their negotiations.”
BASC members interested in finding out more about wildfowling and taking up shooting opportunities can download a copy of the BASC wildfowling scheme booklet from the association’s website or request a copy from the wildfowling team at Marford Mill.