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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Singing Trees - whatever next?

At Magog Down this winter, thanks to the generosity of several Friends and Members of the Trust, we will be planting the first batch of ‘Singing Trees' in the hedge on the western border of the arable area. 

Iyellowhammer_60t is true that, should you walk along the perimeter path, you are unlikely to hear a rendering of the Hallelujah Chorus - corn_buntingbut what you may be able to hear is bird song, particularly the songs of the Magog yellowhammers and corn buntings; these birds choose hedge trees from which to proclaim their fitness to breed and to warn potential competitors to stay away. We will be planting a range of attractive flowering trees - Crab apple, Rowan, White beam, Cherry Plum - not only to promote song but also to provide pollen and nectar for bees and other insects, and later in the year berries to help the birds survive the winter. The western hedge is about 500m long and the trees will be about 20m apart: the first eight will be planted in December 2014, with more trees to follow in future years.

We would be delighted to receive additional donations towards the cost of purchase, planting, and ongoing upkeep of these new trees. If you would like to contribute then please download and return our Singing Trees Appeal donation form.

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View of a hedge containing Singing Trees at Hope Farm in Cambridgeshire, where the Trustees visited in 2013. Hope Farm is owned and run by the RSPB.


 1st December 2014

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.