WHT loan helps Gloucestershire wildfowlers buy new land

The Wildlife Habitat Trust has given Gloucestershire Wildfowlers Association a loan of £45,000 to buy almost eight acres of new land.

The money will purchase Arlingham Marsh, which has been rented by the club for many years.

Club treasurer Peter Crighton said: “To be able to purchase the marsh was an opportunity which could not be missed. The purchase is especially important as it now gives the club a foothold on the east bank of the river Severn and represents the continuance of a strong relationship with the WHT, which has given the club its total support during the purchase.

“This is our third land purchase with the help and support of the WHT. Paul Williamson and the trustees of the WHT have been a great support and encouragement during the purchase and done everything in their power to assist.

“The purchase also gives the club its first proper building as the principal feature of the marsh is a WWII concrete pill box structure, one of many built hurriedly along the river Severn on the outbreak of war.  While it is well used by club members for sheltering behind, having the club AGM in it may prove a little challenging!”

Paul Williamson, BASC’s rural land development manager, said: “The WHT was delighted to support the club again with the purchase of riverside grazing adjacent to the river Severn. The club has a proven track record of working with many of the conservation bodies in the area. This purchase will go further in cementing the club as a significant stakeholder within the region.”

The WHT is dedicated to raising and distributing funds to help with the acqusition of land for conservation and shooting. It was established in 1986 by members of the UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC).

WHT loan helps wildfowling club buy new land

The Wildlife Habitat Trust (WHT) has given Norwich and District Wildfowlers Association (NDWA) a £30,000 loan to buy new land for the club.

The purchase of  18.11 acres, which includes 1.7km of river frontage and ponds on the River Bure near Stokesby, Norfolk, will allow the club to carry out conservation work and manage shooting opportunities.

Club secretary Richard Moore said: “We are extremely grateful to the WHT for this loan.  This has enabled us, along with our own savings, to keep Norwich Wildfowlers moving forward.  The river runs right through other land where we rent sporting rights, and will make us a stronger advocate for responsible wildfowling.

“As we now own this land, it gives us more scope to carry out the conservation work we want, and to make improvements for our sporting endeavours also.  I would also like to thank BASC for their help in every stage of this purchase.”

Paul Williamson, BASC’s rural land development manager, said: “Norwich and District Wildfowlers Association were the very first recipient of a loan from the WHT back in 1987 when they purchased 16 acres of marshland. The WHT was thrilled to support the club again. It was evident from the applicant that the club has a proud tradition in conservation and has an enthusiastic and diverse membership.”

The WHT is dedicated to raising and distributing funds to help with the acquisition of land for conservation and shooting. It was established in 1986 by members of the UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC).

More information about Norwich and District Wildfowlers Association can be found at www.norwichanddistrictwildfowlers.co.uk

Launch of the 2017 WHT stamp at The Game Fair

The Wildlife Habitat Trust’s (WHT) 2017 Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp was launched by Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP at The Game Fair on Friday July 28th.

The stamp features artwork entitled Wigeon on the Dornoch Firth by Jonathan Latimer.

The stamp was launched at the WHT area of the BASC stand at the fair at Hatfield House.

Visitors to the WHT stand had the opportunity to purchase stamps, badges and limited edition prints. Funds raised will be used to protect land for shooting and conservation.

An art exhibition on the BASC stand provided the opportunity for visitors to enjoy and purchase original artwork.

The stamp launch was sponsored by Tanners Wines of Shrewsbury.

The Wildlife Habitat Trust (WHT) was set up in 1986 at the request of members of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC). It is dedicated to raising and distributing funds to help with the acquisition of land for shooting and conservation.

To date the Trust has enabled clubs to buy 4242 acres of land for shooting and conservation valued at £3,477,818.

Some of the Trust funds have also gone into the conservation of vital habitats on the staging and breeding grounds of our migratory waterfowl and waders. Over the last few years the WHT has provided grants to help restore important wetland stop-over sites. The most recent being on floodplains of the Pripyat River in southern Belarus. The grants have helped restore open floodplain grazing which was becoming dominated by shrubs and rough vegetation due to changes in farming practice.

Each year the WHT commissions a famous wildlife artist to produce a piece of wildlife art. From this, a Habitat Stamp is produced and this is available for sale to the public at £5.

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