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  1. Inquiries for membership to KWCA almost ceased with the advent of the GL fiasco. It won't affect wildfowling members, but may have an adverse affect on those wanting to join for rough shooting etc. If its not sorted soonest I fear it is going to drive some people away from shooting altogether. Alan
  2. Got my licence for corvid control for flora and fauna which took almost exactly a week. Applied by snail mail and got the licence by email. Still waiting for the licence for public health etc. which I applied for at the same time. Alan
  3. The new pigeon GL reinforces this. Huge areas of land now taken out of pigeon shooting. People need to emphasise this when responding to the DEFRA consulation
  4. Yes, section 11 is. I don't think that bonfire ever really got going - rather a good political soundbite!
  5. My limited understanding of EU law as it relates to wild birds is that we would need a derogation under the Birds Directive for any changes, and we all know how easy it is to deal with European matters!
  6. See the new Thread I have started about extending SSSIs See the new Thread I have started about extending SSSIs
  7. NE has been sniffing around opportunities to create buffers around SSSIs for some while. My understanding is that these can be brought forward under the CRoW Act via bylaws. However bylaws are not easy to put in place and require public consultation and due process. It seems that NE are trying another route which requires neither public consultation or due process! SSSIs are high priority sites for predator control. Not only is NE not going to allow that as per below, it is trying to introduce huge buffer zones without any consultation, or indeed any science attached to it. This reinforces my view that this whole saga is being driven by anti-shooting factions both outside and within NE. Everyone needs to scream long and loud about this before it is too late Alan 11. European and nationally protected sites a) For protected sites with interest features that include bird species, no action authorised by this licence is permitted to take place within those sites or within 300 metres of the boundary of such site. For the avoidance of doubt, this restriction applies to: (i) all Special Protection Areas (SPAs); (ii) any Ramsar site with Qualifying Features that include bird species; or(iii) any Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for which a bird species is a feature of special interest.
  8. Collared Doves should come under serious damage to foodstuffs for livestock and public health and safety
  9. What!? Why would we stump up more money when there is probably in excess of £6 million in the bank doing nothing!
  10. Kent continues to expand its shooting offer. Every expectation of an even better offer for next season! Now open for membership application for 2019/2020 at www.kentwildfowlers.co.uk We finished the season with a record 750 members, with applications already coming in. Apply now
  11. Open for membership again at www.kentwildfowlers.co.uk. Great value for money membership package We finished last season with a record 750 members, and already applications are coming thick and fast.
  12. Membership opens 1st April. Plenty of opportunity for airgunning in our fields and woods, plus our target range open every second Sunday of the month. There is also the opportunity to upgrade to Full membership (shotguns), which some members take advantage of each year. www.kentwildfowlers.co.uk
  13. We have enhanced our Associate membership package to include a single day's shooting in with the price, under the Try Wildfowling scheme. Excellent package available as set out below. Renewals and new applications open from 1st April. There are already several members upgrading from Associate to Full. www.kentwildfowlers.co.uk 2019/20 Membership Available now! Yes, you can join Britain's largest wildfowling club for just £30 Our Associate membership offers you: • Fast track to Full Membership • Membership card carrying proof of membership and insurance • Try Wildfowling Opportunity • Access to maps of our shooting grounds • Annual gundog tests • Availability of Guest Permits for inland duck shooting (additional fee) • Regular newsletters • Guided Summer visits to our marshes to show you around • Coarse fishing (additional fee) • Sportscover Insurance including: (See the Key Facts) £10,000,000 Public Liability £10,000,000 Employers Liability £10,000,000 Products Liability £50,000 Personal Accident £50,000 Legal Expenses • Basic dog training lessons during the summer months • Regular updates via email • Join in with conservation work on our reserves • Wildfowl identification days • Access to the KWCA website including full access to the 'Members Only' section Membership expires 31 March 2020
  14. Whether members are BASC in their own right, is up to them. We don't know. All we do know is that we offer an excellent membership package, and the numbers speak for themselves. Yes, it does include LOSWA, and far from leaving the JV things have never been better. Very sunny indeed with new purchases and shooting rights on an annual basis.
  15. As of yesterday's Committee meeting KWCA total membership stands at 746. Doubt we'll get many more now, as renewals will be due on 1st April
  16. That's very true, and what's left is not currently likely to be available at an affordable price. This new area is not in Kent
  17. Going to view some potential new ground this weekend. Finger's crossed it is suitable and affordable!
  18. Not at all! All shooting is by permit only. We now have approaching 80 permits areas, plus 6 inland freshmarsh areas let out to club syndicates. Permits numbers are determined by the size of the land: i.e Swale (8 kilometres of coast on both banks) no limit on numbers and availability, allowing members to go when they want subject to a permit return each month); at the other extreme small island with only 2 permits. We have several of these large in essence unlimited areas. This works well, meaning members can invariable shoot when they want providing they are organised and book in advance. Most areas are running well below capacity, and with a handful of exceptions permit uptake to most areas runs at below 30%. It still surprises me how seldom most members actually go out! Controlling permit availability also means the quality of shooting is maximised
  19. Ajarrett


    Just got a new pair of Drake Refuge gloves - not cheap but hopefully worth the outlay
  20. We have just brought 2 new members on to the committee, and have a 3rd lined up. Increasingly the use of modern technology is making things more doable, and certainly quicker. We realised long ago ( and changed the Rules to allow it) that eventually we will have to employ at least an administrator. We already pay for external professional advice - accountants; lawyers; land agency, and will pay for what ever else comes along that we cannot do from amongst the membership. The sky's the limit as the demand for membership will only continue to grow as we continue to expand and diversify. We get so many people come to us with little or no shooting, and are therefore providing an important service in a busy and crowded part of the UK. As I said in a previous post: more members = more money = more shooting rights = more members .....
  21. Upbeat committee meeting yesterday evening. A further 24 new members in the last month - which is really excellent considering we are now well into the shooting season. Disaffiliation from BASC has had no detrimental effect at all, as we now offer a lower subscription rate and an excellent membership package. We have the club's record level of membership. Membership approaching 750, with more coming through. We also agreed some changes to the package for Associates which will come into effect immediately, and will make it even more attractive to potential new members. We have scrapped our Try Wildfowling scheme and incorporated that into the Associate membership package. Also offering facilities for non-shooters who work gundogs, again through the Associate membership package.
  22. More new airgun hunting members reported at committe this week, giving us a record number to date with more in the pipeline.
  23. Had some of the Browning Grand Passage coats on test. Their Grand Passage parka is a superb wildfowling coat and does not soak up water as some others do. It has superseded my Rivers West Kentdale parka as my favourite coat. Alan
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