The Great Yarmouth Wildfowling and Conservation Association was founded in 1955 in the Salisbury arms public house, Cobholm, Great Yarmouth. Known then as The Great Yarmouth and district wildfowlers Association it was affiliated to WAGBI the Wildfowlers Association of Great Britain and Ireland now BASC.
In those early days the club members shot on the estuary of Breydon water which is crown land and at that time was free shooting to anyone with a gun. Some members also rented private shooting on surrounding marshland from local farmers.
Club meetings were held in the pub with among the founding members Alan Savoury famous book author, Robin Harrison, Norfolk Naturalists trust Breydon warden and EDP contributor.
In 1964 the Great Yarmouth wildfowlers were instrumental in starting the process which led to Breydon Water becoming a reserve and controlling the shooting. Over the coming years the wildfowlers worked closely with the Great Yarmouth Naturalists and the local authorities to establish what became in 1968 Norfolk's first designated local nature reserve, run by interested parties and local government.
Establishing clean up parties, bird observation hides and tern nesting rafts the Great Yarmouth wildfowlers and partnerships undertook and supported their constitution of conservation management.
The GYWCA is still involved in the management of Breydon Water nature reserve and is responsible for the control of Wildfowl Shooting on the Estuary.