Annual Reviews

Each year we now produce an 'Annual Review' for Friends and Members, which incorporates a summary of our formal Year-end Report, plus what we hope are some interesting highlights of the year in question.

The previous few Annual Reviews can be downloaded here:

2018 Annual Review

2017 Annual Review

2016 Annual Review

2015 Annual Review

2014 Annual Review

2013 Annual Review

Members and Friends are sent these annual reviews as soon as they are produced each summer, and have an opportunity to attend our AGM each October and raise any issues.

If you would like to become a Friend, you can read more on our Join Us page, and then complete the application form.

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Improving habitat for winter feeding birds

Magog Down has as its objectives those of providing recreation AND conservation. 
 
A recent report on an initial a survey of breeding birds on Magog Down has indicated that there is a serious lack of food for over wintering birds. This affects both the resident species and winter visitors. It is also likely to seriously reduce the number of birds able to survive during the late winter early spring period. Although Finches and Buntings are likely to be the worst affected, all resident species suffer to some extent. Various types of berry will sustain the Thrushes during the early winter but the influx of wintering Fieldfare and Redwings exhaust this food source long before the end of winter. Apart from bird-feeders in the few gardens adjacent to the Down, the surrounding cropped landscape, growing mainly autumn sown cereals and oil seed rape, provides negligible quantities of food to sustain wintering birds. 
 
The path between Vestey Wood and the arable field has been closed so that an improved habitat can be developed to provide winter cover and appropriate feed stations for birds during the winter.  The alternative path is along the perimeter walk, which is also being fenced at the boundary of Magog Down and the adjacent shelter belt of old trees. We hope that in time, this will enhance your enjoyment of the Down.

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February 2013

Old Newsletters

Up until 2011 we produced a twice-yearly Newsletter, and you can still download copies of some of these here:

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Spring 2010

Autumn/Winter 2009

Spring 2009

In 2011 the re-designed website was launched, and so the decision was taken to stop producing these Newsletters, and instead to use this website as the main means of communication for news and articles of interest.

This move away from a regular Newsletter meant that more of the Members' and Friends' subscriptions could be spent directly on the costs of upkeep and husbandry on the Down.

We would love every regular visitor to Magog Down to help support its upkeep by becoming a Friend. Read more on our Join Us page, and then complete the application form.