£135,000 loan helps to assist with the purchase of 15.7 acres of land at Ouse Washes.

The Wildlife Habitat Trust (WHT) has granted a loan of £135,000 to Ely & District Wildfowler’s Association to assist with the purchase of 15.7 acres of land known as President’s Wash at Ouse Washes nr Welney in Norfolk.

The purchase by Ely & District Wildfowler’s Association will protect the club’s shooting rights on the land from other conservation bodies. Purchasing the land will also give the club the opportunity to introduce non members to wildfowling through the BASC wildfowling permit scheme.

The club’s treasurer Mr David Wilcox said: “This land has been in the hands of the family of a former Chairman of Ely Wildfowlers for 50 years and has been shot by the Association for over 30 years. Naturally when the land unexpectedly came up for sale we turned to the WHT for financial assistance to ensure the land was retained for the use of our members. This is the fourth time we have asked the WHT for assistance and on this occasion they have surpassed themselves with a truly innovative and flexible financial package to ensure our shooting and conservation interests on the Ouse Washes are preserved for the future.”

Tim Russell, WHT secretary and director of conservation at BASC, said: “I am delighted that Ely and District Wildfowler’s Association has been successful with this purchase. Securing land on the Ouse Washes is not easy and I am sure that this purchase will be of great benefit to the club in the future.”

For more information about Ely & District Wildfowler’s Association membership contact the club on: davidwilcox@btinternet.com or go to: http://elywildfowlers.org.uk/


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