Wild­fowl­ing safety video re­leased

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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.

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