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News & blog

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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.

A Wonderful Surprise!

Out of the blue, we had a contact through the YACWAG website from Isobel Williams, the Community Activator at Waitrose in Nailsea. Isobel told us that the staff felt that the store's giving to good causes had neglected local environmental charities and the younger Waitrose partners had been having a good look at our website. They were impressed by the work we do, and the professionalism of our website. She…
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Bird News: September 2021

Osprey at Cheddar photo by Mark Savage The roost at Wemberham Lane was devoid of Swallows early in the month but 20 Pied Wagtails were taking advantage and roosting there. It will be interesting to see if their numbers build up as Autumn progresses. Around 200 Starlings were congregating on a nearby pylon and it’s possible that they may start to roost in the reeds. It does demonstrate what a…
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New owl box for YACWAG

The dilapidated and life expired box in Norton’s has been replaced with a new recycled plastic ‘ECO’ box which should have a much longer life than our traditional wooden boxes. Nailsea Environment and Wildlife Trust have a similar box which held a pair of Barn Owls with three Owlets this summer so we know that they work. Nortons new ECO plastic owl box Andrew Hunt arrived with his tractor and…
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YACWAG Online Talk: 7th October 2021

Thomas Foxley: Protecting the Greater Horseshoe BatThomas will give an illustrated talk about the life of horseshoe bat and his PhD thesis about spatial modelling in Somerset. See here for full details
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Bird news: August 2021

Whinchat on the Strawberry Line by Mark Savage A single Lapwing on a field adjacent to the Strawberry Line was an unusual late summer record these days. From Wemberham Lane a pair of Ravens were visible perched on a diagonal strut on a pylon. Why do Ravens like to use inclined perches, Kestrels and Peregrines never do? Indeed a Peregrine was on the top horizontal bar feeding on the 13th…
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A posy of plant lore

The inspiration from this month’s blog came from a visit to St Mary’s churchyard in Yatton with YACWAG trustee Faith Moulin earlier in the summer, when we were enjoying the wonderful plant life that the churchyard holds. At the latest count 18 different grasses, 37 tree and shrub species and more than 80 species of flowering and wall plants have been recorded there by YACWAG. This year the closed churchyard…
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Farmland birds, what are they?

It is widely recognised that nearly all of the landscape in Britain is man made and it has been suggested ( entirely logically I believe) that the distribution and suite of bird species is equally ‘man made’. The decline in farmland birds relates to the changes since c 1950 when modernisation and intensification of agriculture began at the government’s behest and surveys of breeding birds started soon after. In the…
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Bird news: July 2021

Following on from the notes in the July 2021 newsletter there was an exceptional record of a White Stork flying over Yatton on the 18th, possibly one of the birds from the Knepp Estate rewilding project. More expected was a flock of 25 Mistle Thrushes at the Littlewood Reserve with a few Linnets nearby. Mistle Thrushes have become scarce birds locally but they form post breeding flocks and Kenn Moor…
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Wild World Heroes: Summer Reading Challenge and Nature Treasure Hunt

Summer Reading Challenge The Summer Reading Challenge is an annual event to encourage children aged 4-11 to read for pleasure. This year's theme is Wild World Heroes, inspiring children to stand up for the planet. Our local libraries are supporting and promoting the challenge, and children can pick up a pack and borrow books to read for the challenge from their local library. The challenge runs from 10th July to 11th…
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Kestrels, Barn Owls and Peregrines

In the 1970’s and 80’s Kestrels were the most common bird of prey in the UK, indeed the other 13 breeding species together could not reach half of the then 80,000 pairs of Kestrels. Persecution and pesticides had affected Kestrels less than Buzzards and Sparrowhawks. The rest of the diurnal raptor species were extremely rare. Kestrel taken on Strawberry Line Yeo by Mark Savage Kestrels feed largely on small mammals…
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Tigers, hawks and hummingbirds: what will you find on Moth Night?

We are lucky to have a huge variety of moths on our doorstep, with an incredible 1,500 species found in the Bristol area. Moth Night runs from 8-10th July this year and is the perfect opportunity to get to know your night-time neighbours. Elephant Hawk moth Moths have an undeserved reputation for being drab and boring, when in fact their world is one of wonderful variety – there are some…
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Wildlife in the palm of your hand: the best apps for connecting with nature

In recent years there’s been an explosion in the number of apps for identifying, mapping and recording wildlife. Here we look at some of the best to help you learn more about the plants and animals you see and hear when you’re out and about – and contribute to science too! Be a record makerTwo of the biggest and most widely used apps for identifying wildlife are iRecord and iNaturalist.…
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Online talks now available to watch

Starting with Sarah Dale's talk on Biodiversity and with more to shortly follow. Please see our new Library page to watch the talk.
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The easiest wildlife gardening job in May? Give your mower a break

Do your bit for the bees by letting your lawn grow during No Mow May, and take part in Plantlife’s  Every Flower Counts survey. Many of us have taken a renewed interest in our gardens during the recent lockdowns, and wildlife-friendly planting to support bees and other pollinators is increasingly popular. What is perhaps less well known is that you can attract up to ten times as many pollinators to…
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Wilder Waterways

Bernie D’Arcy the Living Landscapes Manager from Avon Wildlife Trust gave a presentation to YACWAG members via Zoom on 8th April 2021 on an exciting project being undertaken jointly with the Bristol Avon Rivers Trust (BART) on the Land Yeo. The Land Yeo river is a 20 km river within the North Somerset Streams sub-catchment and feeds the Tickenham Nailsea and Kenn Moor SSSI and the Severn Estuary SSSI/SAC/SPA. It…
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