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.

Our organisation

YACWAG’S constitution was adopted with revisions on 28th June 1999 and was registered as a charity on 2nd July 1999. The charity is administered by an Executive Committee made up of 12 trustees, of whom two are nominated - one from Yatton Parish Council and one from Congresbury Parish Council.

YACWAG has a number of special interest groups who organise activities.

Currently we have volunteers working in the following areas:

  • Amphibians and Reptiles, Bats, Birds, Insects, Dormice and Small Mammals, Hedgehogs, Otters, Trees, and Flowers and Plants. See the Wildlife section for more.
  • YACWAG own and manage several nature reserves in the parishes of Yatton and Congresbury

Our trustees

Tony Moulin, Chairperson

"As a youngster I loved the countryside and was fascinated by nature on my great uncle’s smallholding on my holidays. I graduated in Business Studies and had three careers: in Industrial Relations, as a lecturer in Management, and as an Independent District Councillor. I blended my professional skills and experience with those of an amateur naturalist as a Trustee and Vice Chair of Avon Wildlife Trust. Inspired by Local Agenda 21, my vision was to make a difference for wildlife at parish level and formed local conservation groups that eventually led to the purchase of Ten Acres and the foundation of YACWAG in 1999. In 2005 I was awarded ITV West’s second Local Hero prize and in 2011 I received the Marsh Award for Community Wetland Conservation."

Vivien French, Treasurer

Viv has worked in finance and administration for small businesses and charities for over 30 years. In 1999 she set up a bookkeeping company in Bristol providing socially aware and green minded SMEs and charities with bookkeeping support and training. 13 years ago she relocated to North Somerset and has gradually downsized her business to allow more time for her passion of wildlife conservation work parties and wildlife surveys.

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Richard Croucher, Vice Chairperson

Richard Croucher grew up in Kent and for twenty years worked on a fruit farm and enjoyed the countryside and nature without really thinking too much about it. He is widely travelled but is now settled in Yatton with his wife Agnieszka where he continues to learn and study the wildlife around him. Richard is a keen runner and cyclist and a user of the Strawberry Line. He is interested in the sustainability of YACWAG and the management of its nature reserves to increase biodiversity in the long term. In 2018 he became the Vice Chair of YACWAG and also serves on the Land Management group.

Chris Moore, Secretary

"After reading mathematical physics at university I qualified as an Actuary and worked in the life assurance industry. During my working career I held a number of senior positions including Finance Director and Chief Actuary with responsibility for the actuarial, accounting and investment teams. I was also Chairman of the Investment Committee and the Staff Pension Scheme Trustees. My family moved to Claverham 30 years ago and shortly after we arrived I replanted an old orchard with a smaller one and a woodland of native trees. Now fully grown the trees have been adopted as their roost by the flock of jackdaws that are regularly seen flying around Claverham and Yatton. My wife is a homeopath and I have two married daughters, the eldest living in London works for the London Symphony Orchestra and the youngest is a Reader at Cardiff Metropolitan University."

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Jonathan Clayden

"I have lived in Claverham with my wife Julie since 2015.
The challenges to the wild environment are evident all around us. There is pressure on nature on all sides from agriculture and from housing and other development. Many people – particularly here in North Somerset – are aware that something needs to be done to protect our environment, but are often at a loss as to what that should be. This is where I think YACWAG can take a powerful role. YACWAG has a superb resource of species-rich land already, but from this has the opportunity to grow and be a beacon for what can be done to protect and enhance the environment both locally and more widely."

Sue Lovesey

"A lifelong interest in the natural world, as well as being resident in Congresbury, led me to YACWAG in 1999. I became a Trustee in 2006. My aim is to introduce children to the natural world at an early age. As a trained primary school teacher, I spent most of my professional life at St Andrew’s School supporting children with additional needs. That, and twenty-five years as a volunteer with Congresbury Cubs and helping with the Youth Partnership, resulted in a network of contacts which enable YACWAG to engage more effectively with these young people’s groups. YACWAG’s Environmental Fund, for which I am a named contact, has supported them in various projects. I enjoy participating in surveys, doing physical work on our reserves and meeting people at YACWAG public events. I am now blessed with two grandchildren whose interest in nature I nurture. Their generation is the future of YACWAG and of our planet."

Faith Moulin

"I was ‘always’ interested in nature and when we moved to Yatton in 1975 that developed with our family. When our daughter, Natasha, was 12, she won a national WATCH competition to design a wildlife garden and received Chris Baines’ inspirational book on the subject. We started a WATCH group for older children and that led us into Avon Wildlife Trust. Tony and I ran the WATCH group for 13 years and a local Wildlife Trust group as well. Learning all the time, I did a 12 month course as a tree warden and developed my love of trees. Secretarially trained and interested in writing I became editor of the Avon Watch and Wildlife Trust magazines in the 90s, and now edit the YACWAG newsletter. I became a Trustee of YACWAG because I am totally committed to its work. I also act as the Chairperson’s personal assistant."

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Richard Ashley

Richard Ashley is a resident of Congresbury and has been a member of YACWAG for twenty years. He has been interested Natural History and Geology since he was a boy and is very concerned that what were once common species have declined in numbers over that period. He believes that it is vital to support YACWAG and organisations like it to reverse this decline. As well as his role as Trustee of YACWAG he is also the Geology Secretary and a member of the Council of Bristol Naturalists’ Society.

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Juley Howard

"As a child I took wildlife for granted as it was part of everyday life in the village where I lived in the Midlands and especially in the remote part of Lincolnshire that my grandma lived in. As I grew up I started to see the existential threat to the world in general and nature in particular as the lapwings and even sparrows vanished. Resources were channelled into armaments designed to destroy life on earth while pensioners froze to death in the winter and the third world starved. I don't have any expertise in wildlife conservation but like to live lightly, grow my own vegetables and enjoy the landscape and all the creatures within it. I became involved with YACWAG through different recycling campaigns and enjoy living in Yatton."

Roger Wood

Roger Wood has lived in Claverham for the last twenty years. He has been a Yatton parish councilor for the last ten years and a life member of YACWAG for fifteen years. Roger is interested in the wildlife around the village and has walked the bat surveys in Claverham for many years. He has also been on bird walks with Trevor Riddle (YACWAG’s "bird man") many times. Roger represents Yatton parish council as a Trustee of YACWAG. He has been retired for twelve years, having been a qualified engineer in the nuclear industry.

YACWAG Trustee Jo Chambers
Jo Chambers

Jo Chambers grew up in Luton, but has spent most of her life since then in the West Country, moving to Yatton in 2019. During the Covid19 lockdown she used the Strawberry Line and began to become more interested in nature, deciding to join YACWAG and get involved in their work.

Over the past 15 years, as a university lecturer working with mainly young people, Jo has become concerned to reach the younger generation and listen to their voice on nature conservation topics. Jo administers YACWAG’s Instagram page and is forming connections with groups, organisations and people wanting to know more and protect wildlife and natural habitats.