Autumn horizon


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!

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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.

Autumn Colour

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.)

autumn_colour_faruk_kara_453Photo 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.

Jon's Plans:

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

Winter opening:
late October - mid February:  8am - 5pm

Spring  opening:
mid February - end April      8am - 6pm

Summer opening:
beg May - late October    8am - 8pm

News Highlights

Signed books for sale

routeandbranchfrontcoversquare_60We have ten signed copies of former Wandlebury Head Warden Bill Clark's fascinating biography for sale  read more...

Feature on the Robin

robin_lowres_square_60Is 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...

Summer Migrants


We can now look forward to the arrival of our summer migrant birds read more...

Rare hilltop re-opens

googlemapimage_colinsbank_60What some call the "best view in Cambridgeshire" is now accessible again ... read more

Barnes copse planted

25_60 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

spotted_orchid_sqr_60In 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

cartshedSitting 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.