Cadbury Hill



Announcement:

Most of Cadbury Hill is owned by North Somerset Council but the hill fort at the top, the southern slopes and some of the woodland is owned jointly by Yatton and Congresbury Parish Councils.
It is a nationally important site for archaeology (the hill fort is a Scheduled Ancient Monument).  Yatton Congresbury Claverham and Cleeve Archaeological Trust (YCCCART) is a local group of amateur archaeologists working under the guidance of North Somerset archaeologist Vince Russett. They have been carrying out surveys on the hill for several years. For more information about the group’s work click here to go to the YCCCART website.

It is also a Local Nature Reserve and contains the only natural woodland in the parish of Yatton.

To report fly tipping or litter in the car park in Henley Lane, contact North Somerset Council  www.n-somerset.gov.uk
To report criminal or anti-social behaviour, including mountain bikes, quad bikes and horses not on the bridleway; fires; overnight camping etc. contact Yatton Parish Council clerk@yatton-pc.gov.uk or Congresbury Parish Council clerk@congresburypc.eclipse.co.uk  or for non urgent police matters ring 101. In a real emergency dial 999.

When visiting please do not park in the Cricket Club car park in Henley Lane. There is a car park for visitors to the hill further up the lane.

YACWAG has an interest in this wonderful local wildlife resource and promotes its wildlife through advice and guidance, occasional practical workparties, walks and talks and species monitoring and surveying.

For more information about getting involved in monitoring and surveying to help wildlife on the Hill visit our dormouse, reptile and bat pages. For information about the butterflies and moths of the Hill visit the links below and our own butterflies and moths page.
For details about the grassland, its wildlife and its management click here.

For details about the woodland, its wildlife and management click here.

First cuckoo report 30 April 2015

A cuckoo was heard on Cadbury Hill on 30 April.  PLEASE LET US KNOW (WHERE AND WHEN) IF YOU HEAR A CUCKOO IN THE YATTON/CONGRESBURY AREA.

Bird Walk on Cadbury Hill 14 March 2015

Ten members enjoyed a walk on Cadbury Hill led by Trevor Riddle, who helped identify birds both seen and heard.
Highlights were a kestrel hovering over the hill-fort, two jays, several great spotted woodpeckers, at least three bullfinches,a pair of long tailed tits, two goldcrests and an early chiffchaff.

Cattle grazing on Cadbury Hill, 14 April 2014

Click on this link Cadbury Hill grazing Apr 14 for information on this.

Good news for Cadbury Hill – 28th Dec 2013

Yatton and Congresbury Parish Councils, who jointly own the area at the top of Cadbury Hill which includes the hill-fort, have entered into a ten-year Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) agreement with Natural England. This will ensure that the part of the Local Nature Reserve in their ownership will be managed to a high standard to encourage wildlife, and that the internationally important archaeology of the Scheduled Ancient Monument will be protected and preserved. The agreement will bring an income of more than £13000 over the ten years and the councils will also be able to claim extra money to help with items like fencing and new interpretive signage.

YACWAG’s Chairman, Tony Moulin, said ‘This is tremendous news for wildlife on our doorstep. Cadbury Hill is a precious place enjoyed by local people and as a result of the HLS agreement it will be a bit safer. YACWAG has been pleased to be able to help the parish councils to get to this point and will continue to advise and support future plans to restore the limestone grassland on the hill-fort and also to restore parts of the woodland.”

Limestone grassland is a Priority Habitat, both locally and nationally, and the grassy top of the hill was in danger of being lost to scrub. Every kind of habitat has its own value, but plenty of scrub will remain on the slopes of the hill, especially the inaccessible southern slopes, so YACWAG is pleased to see scrub clearance on the hill-fort, which not only protects the archaeology but also restores open sunny habitat for reptiles and invertebrates as well as limestone-loving wild plants.  Woodland work will aim to introduce more sunlight and improve paths but older trees will not be cut down. In the first year a woodland management plan will be agreed with Natural England and YACWAG will continue to work with others to ensure local knowledge of the site is taken into account.

Tony said, “Some people have found the work carried out in the last two years rather drastic, but it has been necessary for many reasons, not least for people’s safety. It is now possible to see features like the remains of Iron Age roundhouses and the huge ramparts at the eastern end of the hill-fort, and these will be better appreciated when some new signs go up to tell people about the hill-fort’s significance. Further scrub clearance will continue the good work that has been started and will lead to a more diverse site.”

YACWAG members also carry out conservation work on the portion of the hill which belongs to North Somerset Council. If you would like to join in, please let us know.

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Dormouse Survey 20 April 2013

Dormouse nest boxes and tubes were installed on Cadbury Hill on 20 April by a group of members led by Sarah Dale.  They were lucky enough to hear a cuckoo while on the Hill.

The next boxes and tubes will be checked to see if they have been used on 13 July, 21 September and 9 November (all Saturdays) from 2-4pm.

 

Cadbury Hill 2010 Dormouse Survey Report

Sarah Dale carried out a dormouse survey on Cadbury Hill in 2010 for Yatton and Congresbury Parish Councils and North Somerset Council.   The 2010 report  is very interesting as it explains in detail how the survey was conducted.

YACWAG members helped with the 2010 survey and have continued installing and monitoring dormouse nest boxes on Cadbury Hill in 2011 and 2012. The boxes will be checked on Saturdays 30 June, 15 September and 27 October from 10am-12 noon – see the Calendar for details – volunteers welcome.