The International Ramsar Convention recognises that properly managed wildfowling is part of the "wise use" of wetlands, for conservation is largely about maintaining habitat and using it in a sustainable way. Wildfowling clubs have long been aware of this, and have often been at the forefront of wetland conservation.
The Fenland WA's land largely falls within Sites of Special Scientific Interest and we enjoy the best of relations with the statutory and voluntary conservation organisations.
Several of our officers sit on various conservation panels and Management Strategy Groups. A number of our members are Voluntary Wardens for the Wash National Nature Reserve where we are joint lease holders with English Nature. On the Ouse Washes, the club's land form a part of the MAFF's Countryside Stewardship scheme for Conservation.
We have been active contributors to the development of Management Strategies for both the Wash and the Ouse Washes, working closely with English Nature, the Environment Agency, RSPB, WWT and similar bodies.
In recognition of our management of the offshore breeding reserve, English Nature awarded the club the much coveted SSSI award for Conservation in 1997.
In the following year, the Fenland WA were the winners of the Stanley Duncan Conservation Trophy in recognition of our overall contribution to the conservation of wetlands.