The Devon Wildfowling & Conservation Association hold wildfowling leases within the Exe and Teign estuary areas in Devon as part of agreements made with the Crown Commission, English Nature,BASC,RSPB and local landowners.
The DWCA is affiliated to The British Association for Shooting and Conservation Link to BASC
The DWCA owns and manages for wildlife nearly 30 acres of marshland in the River Exe area.
We have representation on The South West Wildfowlers Forum, The Exe Estuary Partnership The Exe Estuary Users Association, The Exmouth Nature Reserve Committee and The Teign Estuary Partnership
We are involved in conservation projects such as Mink,Grey Squirrel and Corvid control,habitat improvement and litter picks.
All new shooting members have to serve a one year trial period ,they may only shoot on club land when accompanied by a full member and must undertake four flight accompanied by a senior club member, take a test on the law,bird recognition and shooting etiquette before permits are issued and they are allowed to shoot unaccompanied.
The DWCA has an elected conservation officer who advises on conservation issues and to carry out vermin control within our shooting areas
Mink Trapping..why we do it Â The Mink in a non indigenous species that was introduced to this country from North America to be farmed for it's fur.Fur farming is now illegal and the keeping of Mink is regulated A number of Mink either escaped from fur farms or were released in the name of animal rights in the 70,80s and 90s. The mink is a fearless hunter and will attack and kill almost anything in it's path including small mammals,fish,ducks and waders. I myself have seen a mink attack a swan. The animal to suffer the most from Mink predation is the Water Vole.The Water Vole is about the same size as the Brown Rat but has a rounder face and a blunt nose and is considered harmless in Britain, though are regarded as a pest in some parts of Europe. There is a project to try to prevent the spread of Mink to preserve the Water Vole colonies on the Somerset levels and the DWA has been advise by the BASC/English Nature Conservation officer for the levels Robin Marshall Ball. Along with the loss of habitat and pollution, Mink have had a serious effect on the Water Vole population and the current information we have is there is only one known colony surviving in Devon. Even if the areas we are trying to protect had been deemed unsuitable for the reintroduction of the Water Vole would be helping all the other creatures of the marsh area by reducing or preferably eliminating the Mink population in the area. This is just one of our conservation efforts and as far as we know is unique in the Exe estuary area
Corvid Control ....corvids such as carrion crows and magpies are great opportunists and will rob the nests of other birds of both eggs and chicks. There is an over abundance of corvids in our area and we are trying to put some balance back into the system.