Case Studies

A late brood of barn owls, hatched in a nestbox in a wood, from which broods of Tawny Owl and Stock Dove had already fledged
A late brood of barn owls, hatched in a nest box in a wood, from which broods of Tawny Owl and Stock Dove had already fledged

The Yatton & Congresbury Wildlife Action Group

We are privileged to be able to support a fantastic group of people in North Somerset who are doing an inspirational amount to help local wildlife. The Yatton and Congresbury Wildlife Action Group (YACWAG) was formed in 1999 with the goal of enabling local people to come together and purchase (through grants from various bodies) a 10 acre field deemed to be under threat. The objective was to purchase this land and protect it for the wildlife and the community to enjoy forever.

Since that early success YACWAG has gone on to recruit over 200 members, and successfully purchase an additional 4 nature reserves. It’s members also help maintain part of the Strawberry Line, as well as the magnificent Cadbury Hill, a North Somerset Council Reserve, and various other sites. This is local people making a major, tangible difference to their local environment, now and for the future.

The picture (taken on 7 October 2014) shows 2 of YACWAG’s founders, Tony and Faith Moulin (high vis. jackets), along with some of their volunteers holding a clutch of barn owlets from one of the nest boxes on their reserve (the owlets were taken briefly out of the nest box to have BTO rings fitted). From this same nest box a brood of Tawny Owls had fledged earlier in the year, followed by a brood of Stock Doves and now a late brood of Barn Owls.

This is not a magic box, it simply shows that when you create good wildlife habitats then wildlife can and will thrive.

Thank you YACWAG!

If you would like more information about YACWAG please look at their website: yacwag.org.uk