AGM Notice to Members
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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!
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.
Tell us what you think
We'd like to hear about your experience at Magog Down. Please email us.
Next Scheduled Working Party
The next Volunteers' working party is scheduled for Wednesday, 2nd December, at 2pm on Magog Down. Planned tasks not yet decided.
If you would like to be added to the list of those emailed in advance for confirmation, please get in touch.
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
Our Conservation Ranger shares his plans
The Magog Trust has been able to secure the services of Jon Gibbs to help manage the Downland. Jon has kindly provided the Trust with his ideas and plans for the Downland.
I have spent the last 18 years working as a Ranger, initially with ECC and the last 13 with CPPF as Head Ranger at Wandlebury. Prior to this I have been a Tree Officer for ECC, a tree surgeon at Kew Gardens, a C&G qualified carpenter and a fencing contractor.
After my redundancy earlier this year I began working part-time for The Magog Trust primarily filling the wardening role left vacant by the loss of the CPPF Rangers, however in my capacity as Ranger I plan to do more than just patrol the site. It is hoped that during my three days I will continue to maintain the current visitor access and facilities in order to provide a welcoming enjoyable visit for all whilst carrying out conservation tasks to maintain and improve the varied and valuable habitats for wildlife.
I also hope to develop the current monthly volunteer day by providing longer more frequent sessions which will allow more people to attend and larger tasks to be undertaken.
Jon with a volunteer group in June
Car Park Opening Times
late October - mid February: 8am - 5pm
mid February - end April 8am - 6pm
beg May - late October 8am - 8pm
Signed books for sale
We have ten signed copies of former Wandlebury Head Warden Bill Clark's fascinating biography for sale 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
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.