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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 forthcoming events will be listed on this page:-

Wednesday 27 July – Barn owl watch on the Strawberry Line – meet from 8.45pm at the seat with the noticeboard between the Chescombe Road, Yatton entrance to the Strawberry Line and Congresbury.  We hope to see some young barn owls and a telescope will be available for a close-up view.

Saturday 30 July & Saturday 27 August 10-12   Workparties @ St Mary’s Churchyard, Church Road, Yatton – All welcome to help with these workparties. Come and work at your own pace with a friendly group.  Coffee and cake at half-time.  Tools provided.

Saturday 3/Sunday 4 September – YACWAG stall @ Arts & Crafts Festival @ St Mary’s Church, Yatton

Sunday 4 September, 8.15pm – YACWAG fund-raising Quiz @ The Plough, Congresbury – all welcome. £1 per person + raffle.

Sunday 18 September 2-4pm – Dormouse box check on Cadbury Hill – meet at car park at end of Henley Lane, Yatton.  Stout footwear essential.  No experience necessary.

 

Hobby sighting in Claverham – July 2016

This very acrobatic bird hunts dragonflies and other insects and small birds on the wing.

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Visit to Ham Wall and Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserves – Thursday 23 June 2016

Avalon marshes10 members, a picnic, a Glossy Ibis, Great White Egrets, Marsh Harriers, Hobbies, a Bittern and more… for  information on our ‘Great Day Out’, click on the Birds link on the left hand side of the screen.

Hawkmoths in Yatton Gardens June 2016

Richard Croucher, one of our members, was pleased to find this fabulous newly-emerged Elephant Hawkmoth in his garden this month

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and David Williams sent this photo of a beautiful Lime Hawkmoth found in his driveway.

 

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Water Vole Training 4 June 2016

Sarah Dale led a group on this training at Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve – a hot spot for water voles.  Signs of water vole were found – latrines, food stores, burrows and footprints – but no water voles!  On Saturday 2 July the trainees will be carrying out a water vole survey on YACWAG reserves.  If you wish to join in please see the details above.  The photo shows Tony and Janice in action at Portbury Wharf – what beautiful surroundings despite being near the motorway and the port.

 

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YACWAG’S 17th AGM 26 May 2016

Claverham Cricket Club proved a very pleasant venue for our AGM on a lovely, warm evening.  The Chairman, Tony Moulin, presented his annual report on the activities of the Charity (copy to be posted on this site shortly) and the annual accounts.  The officers and committee members were re-elected for another year.  Congratulations to Gary Barker who received The Chairman’s Award for YACWAG Volunteer of the Year ‘ for his enthusiasm in promoting YACWAG in the local community for the good of people and wildlife’.

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.

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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.

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.

Articles on the home page are now also posted in their associated categories.

For home page items posted prior to October 2012, click here.