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
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.