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YACWAG aims to establish and maintain nature reserves in the Parishes of Yatton and Congresbury for the benefit of the public, and to advance education in natural history and nature conservation. 

We are working on a new Calendar for the website – in the meantime, click here for full details of the events below

THURSDAY 26 MAY – YACWAG’S AGM AT CLAVERHAM CRICKET CLUB, HENLEY LANE, YATTON BS49 4JP – Light refreshments will be available from 7 pm with an opportunity to chat with our Bat Group about our Greater Horseshoe Batmap and survey this year.  The AGM will begin at 7.30 pm followed by a walk looking at trees and flowers on Cadbury Hill (weather permitting) led by Faith Moulin. (Stout footwear advised for those attending the walk.) Non-members welcome.

Saturday 28 May 10am-noon – WORKPARTY AT ST MARY’S CHURCHYARD, YATTON

Saturday 4 June 10am-12.30pm – WATER VOLE TRAINING SESSION

Monday 13 and Monday 20 June 10am-noon – WORKPARTY AT YATTON STATION GARDEN – preparing the garden for the Garden Trail on Sunday 26 June.  The usual arrangements apply.

Saturday 25 June – YACWAG stall at Congresbury Fete

Saturday 2 July 10am-1pm – WATER VOLE SURVEY ON YACWAG RESERVES

Sunday 3 July 2-4pm – DORMOUSE BOX CHECK ON CADBURY HILL

Spring has sprung – 7th May 2016

After a slow start to spring for our incoming migrant birds, the sudden warm weather and southerly winds has brought a rush of summer visitors…… for a detailed update on all the recent  bird sightings, click on the Birds link on the left hand side of the screen

Early morning warbler walk – 2nd May

Led by Trevor Riddle, seven hardy members enjoyed a pleasant stroll along the Strawberry Line in rather overcast and at times showery conditions. Six warbler species were heard singing with Chiffchaff, Blackcap,and Whitethroat seen, Cettis Warbler and Sedge Warbler glimpsed whilst the Reed Warblers sang but remained hidden. A male Bullfinch was a popular bird, there were any number of Wrens singing and lots of Blue Tit activity.

A male Sparrowhawk shot low over the rhyne bordering 10 Acres field but the resident Kestrels seemed to be still in bed. Just a few Swallows flew past – they seem to be late arriving this year.

St Andrew’s School, Congresbury, achieves 100%.

January was Big Schools Birdwatch and Sue Lovesey, John Croxton and I enjoyed an exhilarating hour and a bit helping the pupils to identify birds around the school grounds. A flock of 30 redwings and a pair of mallard investigating the school pond were the highlights.

After a welcome cuppa we then checked and cleaned the bird boxes at the school, initially watched by younger pupils who were fascinated by the old nests we brought down. There are seven tit boxes and remarkably all seven had nests in them – I’m certain that I have never found seven out of seven in all the YACWAG box inspections before – the habitat and food supply around the school is obviously good.

Trevor R.

Hedge-laying on Cadbury Hill January 2016

Thanks to the small but very effective team who continued with the hedge-laying at Cadbury Hill under the instruction of Malcolm Dowling, champion hedge layer.

You can admire their handiwork on the lower slope of the hill, near the cricket club car park.  If anyone would like to get involved with the next session, please get in touch.  It will be held on a Saturday in February, date to be arranged.  All tools and training provided, and Malcolm does the hardest bits with his chainsaw, so it isn’t too strenuous!  Hope to see you there!

 

YACWAG CHRISTMAS BIRD SURVEY  2015

61 surveys were received for the 10th Christmas Bird Survey – thank you very much to everyone who joined in the count and special thanks to those who took part for the first time.

The blackbird regained the top spot this year appearing in 54 of the 61 gardens surveyed.  The final survey to arrive was decisive! – it had a blackbird but no robin so the robin was in 2nd place appearing in 53 gardens.  Then blue tit (51), wood pigeon (47), collared dove (40), great tit and magpie (39), house sparrow (38), jackdaw (30) and goldfinch (29).  This is the first year the jackdaw has appeared in the top ten. A total of 51 species was reported (42 landed/another 9 flew over). The results of the survey will be sent to the British Trust for Ornithology.  For more details click on the Birds section on the left of the screen to see the full report.

New Year’s Day bird walk

Eleven hardy members spotted birds that should have migrated , a ‘flock’ of bullfinches, a song thrush and much more. Click on the Birds link on the left of the page for more about what they saw on the walk.

Tree Dressing Day – 5 December 2015

What’s it about, and what are these members doing? Find out by visiting the ‘Events’ link on the left hand side of the screen.

 

GOOD NEWS!

YACWAG HAS WON THE ENVIRONMENTAL HERO AWARD in the North Somerset Mercury Hero Awards.  Tony and Faith Moulin attended the award ceremony at Cadbury House on 25 November and were presented with a framed certificate which will be on show at our next public events.  Look out for the coverage in next week’s free paper!

 

NEW Jubilee Tree Website   www.yacwagstreasuredtrees.webs.com

For the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee we planted 60 trees in Yatton and another 60 at St Andrew’s School, Congresbury.  We now have a website on which you can learn more about the trees we planted and the wildlife associated with them, and keep up-to-date with the progress of these trees. Thanks to Higgy for all his hard work on this website.  In due course we hope to include information about other ‘treasured trees’ in the two parishes.

YACWAG’S approach to development

With so many planning applications for housing in Yatton and Congresbury  in the pipeline, YACWAG Chairman, Tony Moulin, has prepared a statement detailing YACWAG’s approach to development.  Click on the link to read the statement.

Wetland Wildlife on The Strawberry Line

To see a copy of the information posters on the Strawberry Line notice boards, click here.

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