Prey or predator?

After checking on our new releases we have discovered some additional hunters lurking.  While we sure that they are Mink not Otter we have placed humane cages traps to see what we are attracting.  As the traps are going off and the bait is being eaten, whatever is lurking in the reeds has exceptional hunting skills.

Humane Mink Trap

120 Ducks went swimming one day…

The last of this year’s ducks have been released.

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Some ducks are happy for you to put a ring on

120 ducks have all been ringed and placed into a secure ponds along with our previous releases.  This is part of an ongoing conservation project to provide long term sustainability to management of club land.  Maintaining the local population of mallard and increasing nesting areas for future generations.

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Members working together to ring the ducks

We Got Stuck In

The work party on the pond turned into a dirty days work.  Reed pulling and general maintenance was carried out by a number of members last Sunday.  Young members got involved by helping on the bank side.  A real good start to the clean up was made.  Some members took a dip in the pond to cool off, or so they said.

We even had a couple of spectating swans watching over us as we worked.

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Auction Guide Prices

We have been asked by a couple of people about the guide prices for the auction.  They are just that, a guide.  We have taken the information from previous BASC auctions as to how much a days shooting would be and used that as a rough starting point for bidding.  Please bid what you can afford and feel comfortable paying.  Some of the opportunities we have available are unique and haven’t been offered up for auction prior to this.

Click here to view all the Lots.

Egg-Sighting Duck Tube News

We posted a few weeks ago about our on going conservation project where we have been creating duck nesting tubes to increase safe nesting sites, to help raise the hatching rate of wild mallards.  We are pleased to announce that after doing our routine inspections that some of those nesting tubes are now in use.

Hoping that our next sighting is of a healthy paddling of ducklings.

Nesting tube with duck

Duck sitting on eggs in a Clevedon Wildfowling Association made nesting tube.