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.
The project, which will take place within Snettisham Coastal Park; an area popular with both tourists and birdwatchers, will involve opening waterways that have become overgrown with reeds and bushes benefiting both the nesting waterfowl and other species on the marsh such as avocet.
Club marsh warden, Darren Whitmore, said: “On behalf of Heacham and North West Norfolk Wildfowlers I would like to thank the WHCT and BASC for the sum of £2,500 towards our conservation work and marsh management.”
The WHCT is the grant-giving arm of the Wildlife Habitat Trust (WHT), set up by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), to be shooting’s conservation charity.
Tim Russell WHT secretary and director of conservation at BASC said: “The WHCT has been able to help Heacham & North West Norfolk Wildfowlers with this project because it is dedicated to raising and distributing funds to support shooting and conservation projects. This loan is a good example of how the WHCT can benefit both clubs and wildlife.”
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Jules Hudson of BBC’s Country File and Escape to the Country launched the Wildlife Habitat Trust’s 2013 Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp at the CLA Game Fair, Ragley Hall on Friday 19th July 2013, on the WHT area of the BASC stand.
The 2013 stamp, the twenty-third in the series depicts “Tufted Duck on Rockland Broad” by renowned wildlife artist Jonathan Pomroy. The artist was present at the launch to discuss his work together with members of the Rockland Wildfowlers Association who were able to provide information about Rockland Broad and their experiences regarding their recent loan from the Wildlife Habitat Trust and receiving the Stanley Duncan Conservation trophy for 2013.
Visitors to the WHT stand had the opportunity to purchase stamps, badges and limited edition prints.
The annual original art exhibition was also on the stand providing the opportunity for visitors to enjoy and purchase original artwork by the current stamp artist Jonathan Pomroy and Julian Novorol a previous stamp artist.
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