A one-day introduction to wildfowling on the Severn estuary, which has been organised by local wildfowlers for students of South Staffordshire College, could mark the start of an ongoing outdoor educational programme.

Seven students and two lecturers from the college?s countryside management course joined 20 members of the Gloucestershire Wildfowlers Association (GWA) at Frampton Marsh and the Slimbridge Wetland Centre for wide-ranging briefings on foreshore practice, before a dusk flight at Poulton Court. Lecturer Matt Dutton explained that the course covered most aspects of game management, and that wildfowling was an important “extra dimension”.

He said: “There aren’t too many gamekeeping jobs, and we want to widen the employment opportunities for our students by covering other avenues.

?It would be great to make a day like this an annual event for us, and we also think it could apply to other college courses and to associated colleges as well.?

The rest of this article appears in the 15th February issue of Shooting Times.

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