The members of the Alde & Ore Wildfowler's Association are heirs to this tradition, though nowadays they hunt for enjoyment, not to keep hunger at bay. Wildfowlers relish the chance to be out and about in wild, remote places, often early in the morning or late in the evening when the river is at its most beautiful, with only themselves and their dog for company. They enjoy the challenge of pitting their wits against the wild and wary flocks of ducks and geese which still fill the Suffolk estuaries as autumn turns to winter, and the chance of bringing home a bird for the table is more than sufficient compensation to keep them out in all weathers.
Today’s wildfowlers appreciate that it is only by conserving and managing the marshes, wetlands and estuaries that they will continue to be able to enjoy seeing wildfowl return there year after year. That is why wildfowling and conservation go naturally together and the club devotes so much of its efforts to habitat improvement and land management.
Where We Shoot
The Alde & Ore Wildfowlers Association enjoys shooting over seven different marshes or shooting areas, from the Waveney valley in the north to Shingle Street in the south, with the bulk of its activities focussed around Aldeburgh. Principal quarry species are mallard, teal, wigeon, pintail, greylag goose, Canada goose and pink-footed goose.
Aldeburgh Town Marsh
Aldeburgh Town Ponds
Ferry Farm marshes