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 been going on as usual during the pandemic but we have not been able to run public events. This year, with the easing of restrictions, we are planning to organise some guided walks to enable people to see our reserves, and to hold an Open Day at Cobthorn Reserve. In the meantime check out our online library for virtual views of our reserves and recordings of our series of talks held via zoom. All events will be posted on the Calendar, here.

Latest news

at Cobthorn Reserve

Please join us in celebration of
our latest land acquisition on
Saturday 14th May 2022 2-5pm


Bring your own refreshments.
Arrive on foot or bike if possible.

Everyone is welcome to our free, fun for all ages, event at the new Cobthorn Reserve on Saturday 14th May 2022. Please arrive on bike or foot for the sake of the environment, or if you have to drive please park elsewhere in the village and walk to the site (thank you for being considerate of our human neighbours!). Please note there are no toilets and no refreshments at the event. We look forward to sharing our latest land acquisition with you. Photo is of one of our Cobthorn Reserve residents, Ruby.

Bird News: early May 2022

The Raven’s nest on the pylon at Kingston Seymour held three sizeable young at the beginning of the month. and there was a Whinchat on Kenn Moor the next day.…
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From Nags to Niches – Having a Field Day

This is the third in a short series of articles about YACWAG’s fields and their secrets. New Croft (meaning new enclosure) is an ancient hay meadow on Congresbury Moor which…
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Bird News: April 2022

Two Swallows flying over Congresbury Moor on the first day of the month were the first reported locally but generally migration with the exception of good numbers of Chiffchaffs was…
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Bird News: March 2022

Congresbury Cricket ground is in the headlines again. Following three Green Woodpeckers at the end of February there were 50 Pied Wagtails late afternoon on the 3rd. This was no…
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A Small Field with a Big Secret

Milepost 31 You may not have heard of Milepost 31, a small field off the Strawberry Line at Yatton which is now part of Biddle Street Site of Special Scientific…
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New Development for Bats in North Somerset

A celebration of the transfer of land from Strongvox to Yatton and Congresbury Wildlife Action Group (YACWAG) was held on Friday 18th March 2022 on site at Cobthorn Way, Congresbury,…
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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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