£50,000 loan helps to fund land purchase in Cumbria.

The Wildlife Habitat Trust (WHT) has granted a loan of £50,000 to Westmorland Wildfowlers’ Association (W.W.A) towards the purchase of 27 acres of land at Tarneybank Tarn near Killington, Cumbria.

The land purchased by W.W.A. will expand the club’s shooting opportunities and conservation projects. The land will also be used to train new members and young people in good shooting practice and conservation work.

Club secretary Andy Stott said: “The latest purchase of 27 acres of land known as Tarneybank Tarn in South Cumbria will help the award-winning Westmorland Wildfowlers’ Association to increase its portfolio of land for shooting and conservation. The new land will provide more shooting, deer stalking and fishing opportunities to our club members as well as providing new areas to expand our mallard nest-tube conservation program. The W.W.A. is indebted to the WHT staff for their help and advice, efficient handing of our application and ultimate loan of £50,000 to secure the Tarn for the BASC-affiliated wildfowling club.”

Tim Russell, WHT secretary and director of conservation at BASC, said: “The WHT is pleased to have been able to help Westmorland Wildfowlers’ with their land purchase. This is a significant step for the club and one which will help secure their future success. The WHT continues to provide support to groups wanting to buy land for shooting and conservation.”

For more information about Westmorland Wildfowlers’ Association membership contact the club membership secretary on wwa.membership@gmail.com or go to: http://www.westmorlandwildfowlersassociation.co.uk/

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Nesting waterfowl on Heacham Marsh to benefit from Wildlife Habitat Charitable Trust grant.

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.

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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.”

For more information on the club or membership please contact the club by email on: dwhit4@talktalk.net 

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