Holbeach & District Wildfowlers Association History

The holbeach association was formed in 1953 by a small group of enthusiastic wildfowlers with the prime objectives of protecting the rights of genuine sportsmen to pursue their legitimate quarry and equally protecting the wild geese, ducks and waders against the growing menace of indiscrimitive shooting on the wash marshes.

The association has a maximum membership of 200 including a 10% allowance for junior members. each member is automatically joined to and receives the benefits of the national representative shooting body BASC (British Shooting & Conservation).

In the early 1960's the Holbeach & District Wildfowlers Association was instrumental in acquiring the first formal lease to shooting rights on the saltings and crown leases to the mud at low water. This was followed in 1969 by a similar legal arrangement for shooting at agreed times on RAF Holbeach Bombing range.

In 1993 saw Holbeach wildfowlers with the help from Spalding and Leicestershire wildfowlers purchase 60 acres of Earith inland washes, these washes will hold a whole host of different wildfowl species which rarely frequent the foreshore.