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The West Glamorgan Wildfowlers Association


Affiliated to the British Association for Shooting & Conservation



The West Glamorgan Wildfowlers Association was formed by a small number of enthusiastic local wildfowlers in August 1953;  their  meeting place was

The Gower Inn in the village of  Gowerton situated at the head of The

Burry estuary in South Wales.


The association  was officially recognised by W.A.G.B.I  in 1954.  Members celebrated the anniversary of it`s 50th wildfowlng season  in October 2002, with  the chief guests being it`s patron Mr Thomas Methuen-Campell of the Penrice estate,  and Mr Glynn Cook representing B.A.S.C


The number of club members has fluctuated slightly over the years, with the present number of about ninety.  Members have   first class wildfowling available   to them   along nearly four miles of foreshore on  the southern side of the Burry Estuary from  Llanrhidian to Landimor. Conservation has always been a part of the club`s activities, and the good wildfowling available to the members  has shown that the  sport and conservation when properly managed can work perfectly well together. In 1964  the extreme western end of the shooting area became a Nature Reserve and remains to this day  an excellent sanctuary for wildfowl. Many hundreds of Brent geese visit the area during the winter months, with  grey goose numbers less than in earlier years



The estuary is a SSSI/RAMSAR area and is managed accordingly....In June 1971 a group of able bodied members cleared out a fresh water drain in the wildfowl  reserve area and created a large and  attractive wildfowl conservation   pond, their efforts resulted in the association winning The Stanley Duncan Award for Conservation. The following September the  membership  agreed to the setting aside of a large part of   the marsh as a wildfowl conservation area for the first month and the last three weeks of the of the wildfowling  season. It is quite  a large  area of rushes and small ponds, attractive to nesting wildfowl,  and results in many immature birds  found there  at the beginning of the wildfowling season.



The association is managed by an enthusiastic and efficient committee and officers who ensure that the sport of wildfowling is carried out in a proper and sporting manner. excellent sport is had with duck, mostly Widgeon, Mallard, Pintail  and Teal. It is mainly tidal flighting, with early  morning  and late  evening tides naturally being the  more  productive.  


If you like wild environments, and want to learn about a beautiful and sometimes savage places, and believe there is more to life than watching television you might consider contacting us to find out more about the marshes, wildfowling and the conservation of this wilderness.



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