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Dyfi Estuary National Nature Reserve Wildfowling Permit

Permits available 2017/18 season

  • Apply 10 working days before your planned visit. We accept scanned applications by email.
  • From 2017/18 wildfowling season – maximum three visit days per lifetime, after which wildfowling is only available by joining one of the clubs that manage wildfowling on the estuary: Dyfi, Mawddach and Dysynni Wildfowlers; The North Worcestershire Roughshooting and Wildfowling Club.
  • £15 per day plus one £5 Wildlife Habitat Trust stamp per season (payment details on application form).
  • No visitor permits issued for September.
  • Maximum 3 consecutive days during the week (Monday to Friday), or 2 consecutive days if Saturday included.
  • No shooting on Sundays or Christmas Day.
  • No waders, shoveler or geese may be shot, with the exception of Canada geese.
  • Must be accompanied by a dog capable of retrieving quarry.
  • Must read and confirm Terms and Conditions, and Natural Resources Wales Site Hazard Assessment


Bag Returns

Forms and instructions will be issued once the permit is approved.

Your Dyfi NNR bag returns must be completed and return to the BASC Wales Office, c/o Marford Mill, Rossett, Wrexham, LL12 0HL within 7 days of the last visit day.


Contact us – BASC Wales

Telephone: Tel: 01244 573 000


Join one of the wildfowling clubs on Dyfi Estuary NNR

  • Dyfi, Mawddach and Dysynni Wildfowlers details from their website.
  • The North Worcestershire Roughshooting and Wildfowling Club. Mr Peter Teague, c/o BASC, Marford Mill, Rossett, LL12 0HL – tel 01244 573000

Please record and submit all goose sightings

Visitors to the Dyfi need to be aware that the Greenland white-fronted goose population is monitored by ground observations as well as satellite tag information.  Every permit holder is issued with a goose sighting record form.  Observations contribute towards a Welsh Government funded project to help protect this vulnerable species (further details on the Greenland White-fronted Goose Partnership are given below).

IMPORTANT:  The record form asks for information on all geese, not just Greenland white-fronts.


Greenland White-fronted Geese on the Dyfi

The Dyfi Estuary is the main over-wintering ground for Greenland white-fronted geese in Wales.  In 2016, the number of birds over-wintering on the Dyfi was just 22.

During the early 1970s, local wildfowlers recognised the need to protect the flock of Greenland white-fronted geese on the Dyfi – at the time, the only flock south of Solway. They responded by introducing a voluntary ban on the shooting of all geese on the estuary.  With the exception of Canada geese, this ban remains in place and not a single Greenland white-fronted goose has been taken on the estuary.  This pre-emptive action was recognised by the Welsh Government in the 2016 consultation.

Although obvious to many it is vital that you are able to tell the difference between Canada geese and grey geese when shooting on the Dyfi. These videos are an excellent resource to ensure you are confident in your bird identification. Remember no grey geese can be shot on the Dyfi.

In 2016 the Welsh Government granted funds to the Greenland White-fronted Goose Partnership Group for a two-year monitoring project to better understand what these birds need and advise on habitat improvements.

In December 2016, the resident population were tagged with bird rings, and two of the birds had satellite tracking devices attached. Ground observations are also carried out on a regular basis, including observations from wildfowlers visiting the site.

This link summarises the movements of the two geese since they were tagged in December 2016:

The Greenland White-fronted Goose Partnership Group comprises: Welsh Government, Natural Resources Wales, British Association for Shooting and Conservation, Dyfi Mawddach and Dysynni Wildfowlers AssociationRoyal Society for the Protection of Birds, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and an independent ecologist.


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