Campsea Ash Game Auctions are held near Woodbridge on Mondays in season, and are an economical way to get local game, including rabbits and pheasants from local shoots, or in the case of the rabbits, sometimes caught using ferrets.
The auctioneer usually starts off as a Dutch auction starting high then dropping down by increments until he gets some interest, then starts to ramp up again until the last bidder gets the lot. This can be heard on the audio recording – clearest with the wigeon auction started at 0:38 where the auction is started at £1, then drops to 60, getting some interest, then up through 70p to find a sale at 80p.
The auctions aren’t only for game, they are also for furniture, house clearances and antiques. The game auction takes place under cover in a shed, where buyers can inspect the lots before bidding. Here you can check out the condition of what you’re bidding on, and note down the number of the lot.