Registered charity
No. 1076362



Yatton and Congresbury Wildlife Action Group

Yatton and Congresbury Wildlife Action Group (YACWAG) is a registered charity whose aims are to establish and maintain nature reserves in the North Somerset Parishes of Yatton and Congresbury for the benefit of the public, and to advance education in natural history and nature conservation.

Registered charity
No. 1076362

Welcome to the YACWAG website

We have been working for people and wildlife in Yatton and Congresbury (and beyond) for over 20 years. Click the menu to find out about us and our nature reserves in the two parishes. If you would like to know more, or get involved in a practical way, please get in touch via the Contact page.

YACWAG is run entirely by volunteers. We are always interested in hearing about the skills and experience people can offer to our small charity. There are lots of opportunities to learn and develop as you get involved. There are vacancies in areas of administration, wildlife surveying, publicity, event organisation and member services. You can get involved with bird box maintenance, educational activities or anything else you think would be helpful. Please become a member and let us know how you would like to support nature conservation in this area.

YACWAG’s business has gone on as usual during the pandemic. We haven’t been running walks or other public events but we have been bridging the gap with online talks, email contact with members, and are working on ‘virtual visits’ to our reserves during 2021. We are also adding recorded talks and other resources to our online library. Have a look around our website and get to know your local nature hotspots.

Latest news

A Wonderful Surprise!

Out of the blue, we had a contact through the YACWAG website from Isobel Williams, the Community Activator at Waitrose in Nailsea. Isobel told us that the staff felt that the store's giving to good causes had neglected local environmental…
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Bird News: September 2021

Osprey at Cheddar photo by Mark Savage The roost at Wemberham Lane was devoid of Swallows early in the month but 20 Pied Wagtails were taking advantage and roosting there. It will be interesting to see if their numbers build…
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New owl box for YACWAG

The dilapidated and life expired box in Norton’s has been replaced with a new recycled plastic ‘ECO’ box which should have a much longer life than our traditional wooden boxes. Nailsea Environment and Wildlife Trust have a similar box which…
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YACWAG Online Talk: 7th October 2021

Thomas Foxley: Protecting the Greater Horseshoe BatThomas will give an illustrated talk about the life of horseshoe bat and his PhD thesis about spatial modelling in Somerset. See here for full details
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Bird news: August 2021

Whinchat on the Strawberry Line by Mark Savage A single Lapwing on a field adjacent to the Strawberry Line was an unusual late summer record these days. From Wemberham Lane a pair of Ravens were visible perched on a diagonal…
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A posy of plant lore

The inspiration from this month’s blog came from a visit to St Mary’s churchyard in Yatton with YACWAG trustee Faith Moulin earlier in the summer, when we were enjoying the wonderful plant life that the churchyard holds. At the latest…
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Follow up on our recent online talk Wilder Waterways

April 2021

Bernie D’Arcy the Living Landscapes Manager from Avon Wildlife Trust gave a presentation to YACWAG members via Zoom on 8th April 2021 on an exciting project being undertaken jointly with the Bristol Avon Rivers Trust (BART) on the Land Yeo. The Land Yeo river is a 20 km river within the North Somerset Streams sub-catchment and feeds the Tickenham Nailsea and Kenn Moor SSSI and the Severn Estuary SSSI/SAC/SPA. It is therefore a very important river in the area, sitting within the North Somerset Levels and Moors, coastal and floodplain grazing marsh extending to 7950 hectares which includes 1160 hectares of peatland. The project aims to improve 35 km of waterways in the Land Yeo catchment.

Bernie also mentioned other exciting projects local to Nailsea, including the proposed Nailsea Constructed Wetlands to take 70% of Nailsea’s run-off, and a large-scale re-wilding project at Belmont. Bernie believes the project around the Land Yeo catchment will be able to demonstrate good practice and act as a blueprint for other areas.

WaterBlitz – A chance to be involved

An annual project gets people out and about in nature testing samples of water in order to give a snapshot of water quality in the area. This citizen science project is part of a global programme by Freshwater Watch that helps people understand how precious our wetland ecosystems are. Join in

You can get water testing kits posted out to you to use on the dates between 7th and 10th May this year. Full details on the website: freshwater Or you can go to Moorend Spout nature reserve in Nailsea (BS48 2NN) between 10am and 2pm on 8th May and collect one in person and learn a bit more about the scheme.

New book on our local birds published

February 2021

YACWAG’s bird man, Trevor Riddle, has written a lovely little guide full of colour photos about the birds of Yatton and Congresbury and where to go to see them. Any profit will go to YACWAG’s funds. The book costs £5 and is available in Yatton Post Office and Yatton News ("Clive's"). Alternatively they can be hand delivered or posted to you as required. To do this please email  

As of Summer 2021 the book’s reprint sales have been sufficient to buy a new barn owl box to replace the rather tired one featured on the Brilliant Birds book cover.

Our nature reserves

Protecting your natural environment for generations to come

We are working towards our local nature sites being positively managed, improved and extended wherever possible.

Learn about wildlife

Know your neighbours in nature and how to help them

Get involved

Participate in any way you can

YACWAG needs volunteers to help with the running of the charity. If you could help at local events on a YACWAG stall or develop educational activities that would fill a gap. We could use your skills in art, photography, administration, event organisation, wildlife surveying, etc. Even if you have no experience, if you are interested in doing something please let us have your ideas. Lots of our best work has started that way.


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