Wildfowlers are recording vital information on Greenland white-fronted geese at the birds’ main wintering ground on the Dyfi estuary in Mid Wales.
Following several years of discussions and consultation 27 English marine conservation zones (MCZ) were designated on 21st November. Following representation from BASC ‘reference areas’ which could have banned wildfowling within were dropped from proposals for MCZs in England.
Greenland white-fronted geese have arrived back at the Dyfi estuary, their main wintering ground in Wales. Local wildfowlers first spotted the geese on the estuary on the 25th October. Since the 1970s wildfowling clubs on the estuary have been protecting the geese with an effective voluntary moratorium on shooting.
Wildfowling clubs have secured shooting on 12,500 acres of foreshore with help from the UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC).
The Wildlife Habitat Charitable Trust (WHCT) has awarded a grant of £2,500 to Heacham & North West Norfolk Wildfowlers towards a project which will improve the habitat for nesting waterfowl on Heacham Marsh.
BASC has welcomed the Welsh Natural Resources’ Minister, Alun Davies’ decision to continue a voluntary moratorium on the shooting of Greenland white-fronted geese.
BASC has welcomed a decision by the Welsh Government to withdraw proposals for highly protected marine conservation zones that would have banned wildfowling by default.