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. 

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.


Some of our activities are organised at short notice. If you are a member you will receive emails from the Secretary giving details of opportunities as they come up, or find them advertised in the current newsletter,. They will all be posted on the Calendar HERE.

If you would like to know more, or get involved in a practical way, please get in touch via the Contact page. Keep an eye on upcoming events posted on the Calendar. Please become a member and let us know how you would like to support nature conservation in this area. 

Latest news

Grasshoppers and Crickets: a successful return to in person talks

Fred Giles presenting talk on Grasshoppers and Crickets in November 2023A packed room greeted YACWAG’s speaker in the Chapter House, Yatton, in early November 2023. It was the first talk YACWAG had held in person for three years and members showed their support by coming along to learn about a fascinating subject.

Fred Giles presented a very interesting talk on Grasshoppers and Crickets. Fred and his colleague, Jon van Gowler, from Recorders of Avalon Marshes (ROAM) expressed their enthusiasm for sharing their knowledge with YACWAG and will be leading walks for us next summer. Fred’s presentation led to probably the most extensive questions ever asked at a YACWAG talk and the audience certainly learnt a lot.

Thanks to all who came along on such a November-ish night. Our next talk will be in January when Gil Martin will tell us about the local Belmont Project.

YACWAG’s fundraising quiz at the Plough Inn in Congresbury also made a come-back, raising over £150 and getting members together for some fun. If you would like to run a quiz for us, or any other fundraising event, please get in touch.

Grasshoppers and Crickets: a successful return to in person talks

A packed room greeted YACWAG’s speaker in the Chapter House, Yatton, in early November 2023. It was the first talk YACWAG had held in person for three years and members…
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Bird News: October 2023

A Peregrine was over Smarts factory on the 1st and that evening a Barn Owl was out at dusk on Congresbury Moor. At Dowlais Farm, Kenn, a Hobby made an…
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Bird News: September 2023

 The Swallow roost at Wemberham Lane dispersed and on the 1st Pied Wagtails were roosting in increased numbers, at least 40 gathered on Smart’s factory before dropping into the reeds.…
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Bird News: August 2023

It was unsettled at the beginning of August but a Little Owl was calling in the late evening of the 1st in Claverham and the next day a juvenile Sparrowhawk…
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Bird News: July 2023

The month started with reports of lots of House Sparrows and House Martins on the Chestnut Park Estate and good numbers of Swallows with young at the stables in Wemberham…
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Bird News: June 2023

The month started with three Swifts over Cadbury Hill where young Great Spotted Woodpeckers could be heard in a nest. A Red Kite was over the centre of Yatton early…
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Our nature reserves

Protecting your natural environment for generations to come

Our nature reserves are owned by YACWAG and held for us by the Official Custodian of Trustees, which means that come what may our sites will remain for nature and the community for ever. Where possible we are working to extend all our sites.

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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