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

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  

YACWAG Online Talks

February & March 2021

These three talks are given by local experts about the interaction between people and wildlife here in North Somerset as part of YAWAG’s educational programme. These talks will be given using Zoom the web-based video conferencing tool that allows users to meet online and will require either a desktop PC, a laptop, a tablet, or a smartphone.


Thursday 11th February 2021 7.30pm
Nikki Jones: Can planting trees really stop Climate Change?

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Meeting ID: 849 6345 8707

Nikki Jones is a well-known speaker on Climate Change. Almost all of Avon’s woodland has disappeared over the last few centuries. Trees take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and protect the valuable soil beneath. By growing thousands of new trees we can take a significant step in the battle against a climate disaster.

Nikki will be talking about the work of Avon Needs Trees, the charity she has helped set up, and the principle of tree planting to mitigate the effects of Climate Change. Avon Needs Trees is a registered charity (No. 1184386) based in Bristol that is buying land in the Bristol-Avon Catchment Area for reforesting. Planting trees will sequester carbon from the air, enhance biodiversity and provide natural flood management, as well as water and air quality improvement, and more public amenity space.

By growing thousands of new trees we can take a significant step in the battle against a climate disaster.


Thursday 4th March 2021 7.30pm
Chris Sperring MBE: The Impact of Climate Change on Wildlife

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Meeting ID: 815 4558 8559

The impact of Climate Change on Wildlife is the subject of David Attenborough documentaries and much handwringing by celebrities and broadcasters alike. We know that weather patterns world-wide are becoming more and more extreme. But what is the impact here in North Somerset?

Expert wildlife conservationist Chris Sperring MBE works for the Hawk and Owl Trust. Chris also presents and broadcasts on TV and Radio and lectures on a wide range of subjects. He is a wildlife photographer and writes articles for magazines and newspapers.

Thursday 25th March 7.30pm

Sarah Dale: Planning for Biodiversity

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Meeting ID: 849 6328 2466

Join local Ecologist Sarah Dale to learn about the role of the planning system in delivering good outcomes for biodiversity. Concerns relating to biodiversity are often raised in relation to local planning applications and allocations. Sarah will explain how Local Authorities consider nature conservation and will include a discussion of the influence of local knowledge and public engagement.

It is a rapidly evolving area with the recent Ecological Emergency declarations locally and forthcoming national policy and Environment Bill. Sarah has worked for various Local Planning Authorities as an Ecology Officer since 2011, responding to over 800 applications, and will use several examples which are of relevance in the local context.

January newsletter

Now available for download.

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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

Perhaps you are free one morning to join a work party to help out on one of the sites we manage?
Or perhaps an organised walk or talk interests you?
We are a friendly group who would welcome your presence.

To get involved, YACWAG membership is not necessary.


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