Wildfowling safety video released
BASC has released a film to help wildfowlers stay safe on the marsh. The five-minute film called Safety on the Marsh highlights the risks of the activity if you fail to prepare properly.
Marshes and the foreshore can be dangerous places without the correct knowledge to navigate them properly, and wildfowlers can often find themselves at the mercy of the weather which, as well as being a problem in itself, can affect the height and timing of tides.
Paul Williamson, BASC’s Rural Land Development Manager, said: “We always urge our members to take time out to prepare before they go out for a day on the marsh. The last thing we want is for anyone to get caught out by the weather or conditions and put themselves at risk. As the video says: ‘fail to prepare, prepare to fail’.”
John Dryden, a member of the BASC council and chairman of the association’s wildfowling liaison committee, said: “Be safe out there – you owe it to yourself and your family. Like the best Scouts, it pays to be prepared.”
Top tips to stay safe include: knowing the safe access and exit routes, marsh boundaries and any inherent dangers such as areas of soft mud or sand; always consulting tide tables before going onto the marsh and making necessary adjustments for location and adding one hour to GMT if British Summer Time is in operation; telling someone when and where you have gone wildfowling; and always planning your exit route, particularly when you are expecting a big tide.
Never wait until the last moment to leave the marsh when the incoming tide is approaching as channels can fill quickly and can become torrents leaving you cut off.