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  1. Not sure that this is within the remit of local authorities. There is provision in the WCA for the establishment of new county orders although this has not happened. Where counties have been amalgamated in England, the old orders remain. e.g. Cambridgeshire took over the Isle of Ely (after some 700 years) but the restriction on Sunday shooting of wildfowl stands.
  2. CH, see my previous post. I can assure you that clubs in affected counties as well as BASC (and WAGBI before that) have "looked into" this matter and as described there is not a simple solution. Canada Geese were placed on the quarry list immediately after Brent were protected during the passage of the 1954 act - that's the best I can suggest without a bit more thought.
  3. Historically, bird protection orders were issued by counties. When national legislation was framed, (1954 act etc.) these orders were included. Back in the day, Sunday was the only day off for many. Folk would (for instance) embark on steamer trips and take their guns to shoot at passing seabirds. It was a crude solution to Victorian/Edwardian problem. I think it would need a change in primary legislation to remove these differences, so when the next Wildlife and Countryside Act comes along........ There could be a lot of bad news in that though.
  4. Tom always had a spot with Ely Wildfowlers at Quy Fair. Perhaps contact them ?
  5. Geoff Grant (proprietor of Ralph Grants) came up with the idea. He also imported a small number of single fours at about the same time. Elderkins were quick to take up the idea. A friend bought the very first from Grant and it is still going strong. Some indeed have been ring-bulged by G-wads - plus sometimes rather optimistic loads. I mean I once had a chap on the phone for an hour begging for help shoehorning 3 oz into one ! I am told they still shoot OK after this but couldn't comment ! Could be a bit of fun at the right price.
  6. Dengie Hundred club might suit what you are after.
  7. Keys at Aylsham have an occasional (annual ?) auction of sporting and other wildlife art as well as books. I guess the next one will be next year. They usually have a fair scattering of Novorol, Paley, Trinder etc. - even Kenzie Thorpe - as well as deceased artists such as Southgate.
  8. WWT Welney was a different place then. Julian Novorol had one or two of his early exhibitions there with Don's approval. By the end of the evening the big observation hide had nobody left in it but a few wildfowlers watching the birds under the lights, talking shooting, and drinking the remains of Julian's red wine.
  9. Let's hope everyone on our side can work together and achieve a win in this historic area.
  10. Don moved to be the warden at WWT Welney. A really nice and knowledgeable man who died untimely early. His father-in-law used to come over from Suffolk to visit, and spent his time cutting firewood with a handsaw and digging - a tough old chap. They used to trap a number of duck for ringing and the old man thought the part-coloured ones (WAGBI mallard as they were termed once) should have their necks rung.
  11. It was grim to watch. For a good critical discussion on the journalism have a look at matt cross twitter. Matt is the guy who freelances news for Shooting Times and who sorted out the "puffingate" nonsense. Perhaps BASC should employ him.
  12. There is a fairly long list of "permitted" activities, but a bit of malice and class warfare makes headlines - toffs wearing tweed hunting grouse while swilling champagne.
  13. If it's open again try The Froize at Chillesford (next to Butley) - fine food and run by a Suffolk native who shoots. On the subject of spoonbills, I think it is wonderful to see them here. There is a small colony breeding at Holkham now. I am old enough to have met an old marshman at Burgh Castle (back of Breydon Water) who recounted shooting one as a young man and showing this great rarity to John Knowlittle (Arthur Patterson).
  14. Graham Downing's book (see my post of Aug 25) also gives some information and pictures of this gun. In all honesty I wonder what the gun was built for - perhaps to use on a steam or sail gunning yacht ? Or does someone out there know ? It is very big and its unwieldiness is why Justice cut it down (exact details vary).
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