A Brief History


The club was formed in 1959 by Tom Bishop, Tom Townsend, Bill Bishop & Rod Bishop.

Soon after the formation, the Club became affiliated to the Wildfowling Association of Great Britain and Ireland – W.A.G.B.I - now called the British Association of Shooting & Conservation B.A.S.C.  

The membership soon grew and the Club set about securing some shooting rights, the first of which was Newlands Tip & Marsh, from the Canvey Island Urban District Council. The club also obtained rights over Canvey Point from The Island Yacht Club.  

The Canvey & Benfleet marshes were declared an S.S.S.I area – Site of Special Scientific Interest - and as the Club were using the marshes for wildfowling, negotiations were held with what is now named Natural England and other interested parties - The outcome was that a management plan with Canvey Wildfowlers was put in place, covering an area of salt marsh from Benfleet Yacht Club up to Canvey Point.

Today the club is still going strong with many more shooting rights secured including Fobbing, Bowers Gifford, Rettendon, Bulphan and Downham.