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Here you'll find latest news and feature articles.
Please see the calendar for upcoming events and the newsletters for past news.

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. The early morning bird song walk enjoyed good listening conditions, overcast, mild and flat calm. We heard eight species of…
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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 YACWAG bought in 2000. It was enclosed from the Great Moor north of Congresbury in the 17h century to protect…
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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 slow early on. Greenfinches however, are abundant around the villages, they have recovered remarkably quickly from the depredations of trichomoniasis…
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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 doubt a pre roost flock as this species roosts communally in winter. The next day two Siskins, both males, were…
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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 Interest (SSSI). Its history and ownership is, to most people, a secret. Woodspring District Council – the forerunner of North…
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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, with the Chair of North Somerset Council, Cllr Richard Westwood, unveiling the site interpretation board with Bill Richardson, Planning Manager…
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Lights out for the creatures of the night

Spring is on its way and the days are getting longer – but this month we’re focused on the night-time, with a look at why dark skies are so important for nature.  Tawny Owl by Dean Eades Gazing up at a starlit sky is a truly magical experience that we…
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Bird News: February 2022

Firstly an amazing record of a male Hen Harrier by the Little River last October. Thanks to Emily Lomas for this video. I have never seen a male locally and I’m pretty sure none has been reported in the last 40 years! Emily couldn’t identify the bird and therefore wasn’t…
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Wildlife Window Wanderland

All the W’s! And people added their own – wildlife winter wanderland, wildlife window wonderland, or any combination of the five or so available. Whatever you call it, 60 households, groups and businesses in Congresbury, Yatton and Claverham thoroughly enjoyed themselves making wonderful wildlife displays for their street-facing windows. We couldn’t…
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Fields Hold Secrets

“Landscape plotted and pieced – fold, fallow and plough” Gerald Manley Hopkins I like the idea that in the fields around us there are secrets waiting to be discovered; there are stories waiting to be told. That is the basis for this series of articles. This first one paints a…
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Bird News: January 2022

The monthly Snipe count (3rd) at the Kenn Moor Reserve yielded an impressive 49 birds with two Jack Snipe and a pair of Stonechats. The Reserve was nicely wet but by the end of the month had dried somewhat and the score then was only 19 Snipe. Some frosts in…
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Six ways to take more action for wildlife in 2022

The end of January may be in sight, but there’s still time to make some resolutions for the year ahead. Amid regular headlines about the climate and nature emergency and its effects on the wildlife we all love, it’s easy to start to feel hopeless - but taking action, personally…
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Bird News: December 2021

The long running bird survey covering part of Congresbury Moor, the river and Gang Wall turned up a calling Water Rail in the ditch opposite the mosaic seat on the Strawberry Line, a traditional site from some years past. A Kestrel, no doubt one of our resident birds, was hover…
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Christmas Bird Survey

It's the time of year for the YACWAG Christmas garden bird survey. If you live in Yatton, Congresbury or nearby, your records will add to our body of knowledge of local bird trends since 2006. If you are a member of YACWAG you will have received an email inviting you…
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Bird News: November 2021

A sunny day after several wet days saw the pair of Stonechats by Wemberham Lane with the regular (on calm days) Peregrine feeding on a pylon. 18 Redwings were in the orchard near the motorway and 16 Mute Swans were in a field nearby. There was a Green Sandpiper and…
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Tree Dressing Day 2021: Bees and Trees

Tree Dressing Day falls on Saturday 4th December this year, and YACWAG will celebrating with a display highlighting the importance of bees and trees. YACWAG has been decorating trees in Yatton, Claverham and Congresbury for at least the last 15 years and members were sad last year’s celebration could not…
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Christmas is Coming to Congresbury – and so is a new nature reserve!

The Congresbury Christmas Market is back this year and will be held on Wednesday 8th December from 6-8.30 pm. Yatton and Congresbury Wildlife Action Group (YACWAG) is taking the opportunity to put up a display about their new nature reserve off Cobthorn Way. The reserve has been given to YACWAG through the planning process…
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The Barn Owl – a talk by Chris Sperring MBE

on Thursday 18th November 2021 at 7.30 pm via Zoom Chris Sperring holding a barn owl Chris Sperring MBE is a professional conservation officer as well as a writer and broadcaster.  Chris gave advice to YACWAG when we were first formed and bought our first ten-acre field to be a…
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Home composting: the greener way to tackle green waste

Nutrient rich home compost The introduction of green waste charging in North Somerset has prompted many people to think again about what they do with their garden waste and food scraps. There’s never been a better time to add a compost heap to your garden! Provide a wildlife habitat A…
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Bird News: October 2021

Sparrowhawk by Phil Whitchurch The wet weather at the beginning of the month brought 58 Goldfinches to wires in Kenn and a Sparrowhawk (see photo above by Phil Whitchurch) to a Congresbury garden. The following day a Peregrine stooped into an area of houses at the village end of Wemberham…
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