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:
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.
AGM presentation by Barbara Massingham-Stubbs
Barbara Massingham-Stubbs, a Friend and volunteer who has taken over the task of monitoring the butterflies on Magog Down, gave us a talk explaining the mechanisms of butterfly monitoring using the "transects" method, and showed us some of her resulting data as well as lots of pictures of the butterflies she has spotted on Magog Down.
Butterflies are a useful marker species for conservation monitoring, because they are very sensitive to changes in the environment so their appearance (or disappearance) can be a good early indicator of good (or bad) wildlife conservation practices. Her work continues what had been done for several years previously by Doug and Jenny Taylor.
Barbara had contacted the Governors asking for a project that she could help with. She is an IT professional with a keen interest in nature and wildlife, who had already been volunteering for the Wildlife Trust monitoring bats and dormice. Jon Gibbs suggested that she may like to resurrect the Butterfly Transects that Doug and Jenny had started, so Barbara quickly took up the challenge and learned all about butterflies and how to monitor them.
UPDATES, April 2017:
Up until 2011 we produced a twice-yearly Newsletter, and you can still download copies of some of these here:
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.