New WWA-BASC film
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Since we started our mallard nest tube programme in 2011, the Westmorland Wildfowlers Association has worked hard to promote this successful project through media channels such as You Tube, Facebook, articles in shooting magazines and from our visual displays of the nest tubes at the annual Myerscough College Show, the Lowther Country Fair and the Westmorland County show. We are delighted that many wildfowling clubs and duck shooting syndicates in the U.K. have now adopted 'duck nesting tubes' as part of their own conservation portfolio's and have been reaping rewards with more wild duckling broods being produced on their own wetlands. After badgering BASC in early 2014 to promote our work on these tubes, Tom O Carroll from the BASC's film making unit visted one of the W.W.A's inland ponds on a scorching hot Saturday in May 2014 to make a film about how to go about making a basic nest tube. Chairman Mark Shaw and Secretary Andy Stott braved the camera lens to show the audience how to build and install a nest tube from scratch. Using BASC footage combined with footage previously filmed by Stotty in 2013, a superbly informative nine minute conservation film has been produced and can be viewed at http://basc.org.uk/films/2014/09/10/duck-tubes-and-how-to-build-them/
or on You Tube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RkIo2zx-sw
We think the aims of the film have been achieved:
(i) to show people how to build a very basic mallard nest tube (we now use metal cradles instead of deck board)
(ii) to promote awareness of these tubes so others can build these artifical nest structures, and in doing so help to improve the breeding success of their own local mallard populations
(iii) to show that Wildfowlers are leading the way forward in terms of conservation.
The W.W.A. would like to express its thanks to BASC's Tom O Carroll for his professionalism and a most entertaining days filming. And I agree with Tom that 'Twenty Sixty Eight days' isn't a number...must have been camera nerves.