“Then there are the great estuaries of the Western seas: the Traeth, the Dyfi and the most beautiful of all, the Mawddach”
Royal Wales. The land and its people. Cledwyn Hughes
CLUB HISTORY, 1965 to the current day.
The original Dyfi & District Wildfowlers’ Association club was founded on the 16th December 1965.
On the 20th August 2010 the Dyfi club as it was then merged with the Mawddach and District Wildfowling and Conservation Association (founded in 1991). The name of the club was then changed to the Dyfi and Mawddach Wildfowlers Association.
On the 8th July 2011 Dyfi and Mawddach Wildfowlers Association merged with the Llancynfelin and District Wildfowlers’ Association (founded 1975). The name of the club was then changed to the Dyfi, Mawddach & District Wildfowlers’ Association.
On the 4th September 2012 the Dyfi, Mawddach & District Wildfowlers’ Association merged with the Dysynni Wildfowling and Conservation Association (founded in 2000).
At the club AGM in 2014 it was proposed and agreed that the club name was changed to the Dyfi, Mawddach & Dysynni Wildfowlers’ Association (DMDWA) on the 21st February 2015.
GREENLAND WHITE-FRONTED GEESE ON THE DYFI ESTUARY.
There was always a large number of Greenland White Fronted geese on the Dyfi estuary but during the hard winter of 1963 many of them died from the conditions. Numbers continued dropping to around 50 birds that came and over wintered on the Dyfi estuary in 1970. In 1972 a voluntary shooting suspension was put in place to protect the few remaining birds.
Dyfi & District Wildfowlers’ Association as it was back then embarked on a rearing and release program in 1973-74 in memory of the late Mr Ian Richardson who was killed in a motor accident on his way home from the shoot dinner. Mr Richardson had a passion to see the numbers of Greenland White-Front Geese raised and to see them reinstated on the Dyfi quarry list.
Dyfi & District Wildfowlers’ Association went ahead and purchased some breading stock and with the co-operation of the local land owners and wildfowlers numbers increased and peaked at 200 birds in 1990. In more recent years the numbers have been steadily declining as has been the national trend. A voluntary shooting suspension still operates to this day to help protect the Greenland White-Fronted Geese.
For several years rubbish has been collected from the clubs shooting grounds and this has helped to make the estuaries cleaner by removing unsightly and sometimes potentially damaging items from the environment. In addition conservation work has been carried out that has complimented the local environment for all estuary users to enjoy.
HEALTH AND SAFETY.
The Dyfi, Dysynni and Mawddach estuaries are all tidal estuaries, therefore great care and respect is required when wildfowling or visiting the area as it can be all to easy to get into difficulties.
SHOOTING AND GENERAL INFORMATION.
Wildfowling on the Dyfi estuary is by permit only. Permits are available free of charge to club members to use and return.
Wildfowling on the Dysynni and Mawddach is through club membership.
“Those of us who enjoy the purest of country pursuits, on the Mawddach Estuary, are inspired by its natural beauty. Whether waiting for the early or late flight the ‘fowler can pause and look at his surroundings and escape the worries of the day. The Mawddach ‘fowler waits patiently, hemmed in by Cader Idris and its foot hills, for quarry to present itself, be it the whistling wigeon, mallard or teal. The patient wait, sometimes without reward is compensated for, by having been on the loveliest spot on Earth”.
The Snowdonia National Park by William Condry.