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Events - Lake Ring


11:00 am to 11:20 am

The Gloucestershire Wildfowlers Association is dedicated to promoting sustainable Wildfowling on the Severn Estuary through their three key principles of Conservation, Education and Recreation.  The association was formed over 50 years ago by a group of local wildfowlers who had the vision and foresight to identify the need to protect both wildfowl and wildfowling to guarantee the future of the sport.  The club now offers members extensive opportunities to pursue this ancient art in a 21st century context through managed access to over 30 miles of foreshore on both sides of the estuary, over land which is either owned or leased by the association.  The GWA has successfully managed the shooting on Frampton Marshes since 1957 and enjoys the ongoing support of the WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre.

The GWA welcomes novices and experienced shooters alike and has vacancies for new members. They have a well established structure for introducing newcomers to the sport. If you’re interested in the ancient craft of wildfowling please visit either of the GWA stands overlooking the main arena and the lake.

“Gloucestershire Wildfowlers Association

Conservation, Education and Recreation in action on The Severn Estuary”


10:00 am to 15:00 pm

This will be an open competition with prizes awarded at the Control Bus at 3.30pm

This year’s prizes are:

1st – Litre of Whiskey

2nd – Bottle of Gin

3rd – Two Bottles of Wine

All prizes must be collected from the Control Bus on the day

£1 per entry



10:00 am to 16:00 pm

Punt Gunning developed around coastal areas in the 19th century as a means of harvesting wildfowl for the commercial market. There is some belief that the originators were ex-gunners used to naval cannons and certainly there have always been ties between punt gunning and naval ports.

Fowl were skilfully stalked over distances, which involved lying prone in the punt using short paddles or poles to propel the punt to within range of the quarry, often through freezing water. The work was hard, cold, always wet and dangerous, and was considered one of the most difficult and demanding of all shooting activities.

The Gloucestershire Wildfowlers Association's Punt Gun static display overlooks the Court Lake. They will be giving demonstrations, with commentary, during the day. If you have never heard a punt gun go off now is your chance. It is quite something.


10:45 am to 11:15 am

The demonstration attempts to cover all the principal casting techniques used in fly fishing starting with very basic roll and overhead casts, extending the line with false casts, progressing to more advanced techniques like double hauling with a single handed rod and Spey casting with a double handed rod.


11:30 am to 12:00 pm

Demonstrations will be held at 11.30am, 2pm and 3.15pm