Our Reserves:


Cobthorn Reserve in Congresbury is being created especially for bats. There are only about 12,000 Greater Horseshoe Bats in the UK - and that is the largest population of them anywhere in the world.  Amazingly up to a thousand of them are living close to Congresbury!


Panorama by Peter Speight © 2021


Furnace Way (which adjoins Cobthorn Way leading to Wrington Lane) and its amenity areas have been built over what used to be private farmland where Greater Horseshoe bats hunted for their food, especially in the summer when young bats need to learn to hunt insects near their roost. Because the Greater Horseshoe Bat is rare and protected, the developer, Strongvox, has given the land to YACWAG through the planning process. The nature reserve is being created to compensate for the land lost to development and will be managed as a nature reserve forever. YACWAG will make sure the field is managed in the best possible way for the bats and it will be a nature reserve forever.

The Greater Horseshoe Bat’s preferred landscape is one with grazing animals, tall, wide hedges and scattered flowering trees. This kind of management is good for many species and we know that many types of bat already use the field. YACWAG will follow a closely monitored management plan to make sure we maintain the right conditions to support Greater Horseshoe Bats.

People will be able to see into the site from the public footpath running along the northern edge of the reserve and also, outside the western boundary, the surfaced footpath which leads to the river.

Cobthorn looking towards Furnace Way
View from Cobthorn looking south
Greater Horseshoe Bat
(photo by Daniel Hargreaves)




North Somerset