With annual expenditure now around £90,000 required to maintain the Magog Down including resourcing the Ranger Service, Dog-Bin Emptying, Farming and Forestry activities as well as administration, the Magog Trust is reliant on support from each visitor to the Down as well as grants, donations and investment income. Please become a Friend to help us look after this special piece of countryside.
DO YOU KNOW THE RULES?
So many people make regular use of the free Permissive Open Access on Magog Down, it is easy to forget that the whole area is privately owned, and access is permitted only within certain rules.
The Governors of The Magog Trust have recently reviewed the Regulations applying to the use of Magog Down by the public, and have made a couple of changes in response to recent issues (more detail here).
Gog Magog Hills
Farm Shop and Cafè
Sitting on the A1307 opposite the turning to Magog Down is the Gog Magog Hills Farm Shop and café where you are welcome to have a rest and a drink.
February Bird Group - postponement
PLEASE NOTE: Because of the forecast heavy rain and strong winds for Saturday 6th February, the Stapleford Bird Group's monthly walk will be postponed until Saturday 13th February, at the usual time of 8.30am.
We're always delighted to receive pictures taken on and from Magog Down, which we can use on our website or other material. This wonderful picture was taken in late October by one of our visitors; it shows the view towards Linton Water Tower on the horizon, and the strip sown for bird seed is clearly visible as a brown wedge. (For more about the bird seed strip, see our news item from August.)
Photo courtesy of Faruk Kara
Next Scheduled Working Party
The next Volunteers' working party is scheduled for Wednesday, 2nd March, at 2pm on Magog Down. Task/s for the session as yet to be decided.
If you would like to be added to the list of those emailed in advance for confirmation of future sessions, please get in touch. Thank you to those who helped in February with scrub clearance on the North Down.
Magog Down – a unique area for restoration and conservation
The Magog Down is an area for restoration, conservation and informal recreation on the Gog Magog Hills just south of the boundary of the City of Cambridge, off the A1307 road to Linton and on Haverhill Road, Stapleford.
Magog Down is owned and managed by the Magog Trust who bought it in 1989. It covers 163.5 acres of previously intensively farmed arable land. It is freely open to all, all year round.
It has two meadows sown with wild flowers and grasses native to chalk grassland. Six woods, planted between 1990 and 1992, with 24,000 native British trees. It is seeing the return of ground-nesting birds, like the skylark, and native flowering plants like the cowslip...read more
A community space for all to enjoy
Some of the activities enjoyed at the Magog Down include:
- Fun for all the family - From flying kites and picnics in the summer to the toboggan runs of winter, the Down is just the place for a family day out all year round
- Health & recreation - Whether out for a stroll, a walk with the dog or a slightly more energetic jog, the rolling fields and stunning views make this the perfect setting.
- Flora and fauna - With a wealth of native trees, shrubs, meadow grasses, flowers and associated wild life, this restoration area is a must whether you are a keen amateur or a seasoned enthusiast.
- Agricultural use - About one-third of the land is farmed under a standard arable crop rotation by contractors. Sheep are grazed in the paddocks on the South Down. Part of the site is managed under Entry Level Stewardship and part under Higher Level Stewardship under the guidance of Natural England.This helps in the overall aim of the project - to recreate a chalk grassland typical of more than a century ago.
25 years on - how it began
The project started in 1989 when the land came on the market; the price of the land was £327,000. The Magog Trust was formed, and purchased the land in September 1989; it then initiated a programme of reclamation and development for long term conservation and recreation.
... Now, with average annual expenditure in the region of £90,000, continued support is required so that the work goes on...For much more on the history and background, go to 'About'
Car Park Opening Times
late October - mid February: 8am - 5pm
mid February - end April 8am - 6pm
beg May - late October 8am - 8pm
Car Stickers launched
We're in the process of distributing smart new self-cling car stickers to all our subscribers read more...
Feature on the Robin
Is this your favourite bird? Learn about its habits and history in this article read more...
60,000 visits per year
The Magog Trust has been using a car-counter to gather data on how many visitors the Down gets read more...
We can now look forward to the arrival of our summer migrant birds read more...
Rare hilltop re-opens
What some call the "best view in Cambridgeshire" is now accessible again ... read more
Barnes copse planted
A new copse of trees on the South Down bears the name of the Barnes family, acknowledging their contribution at the outset of The Magog Trust ... read more
Orchid marks milestone
In July 2014 a Pyramidal Orchid flowered for the first time in the 25 year history of Magog Down... read more
Tell us what you think
We'd like to hear about your experience at Magog Down. Please email us.
AGM Notice to Members
Do we have your correct contact details?
The Annual General Meeting of the Magog Trust was held on 10th October 2015. Notice of the meeting went by email on 26th September to all Members and Friends whose email addresses we hold, and by post to all other Members.
Please contact us if you think you missed this message as we may have your wrong address!