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Car Park Opening

CURRENT: Summer opening:
beg April - mid September    8am - 8pm

Autumn opening:
mid September - end October  8am - 6pm

Winter opening:
beg. November - mid February:  8am - 5pm

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


Seen something suspicious?

Any unusual or suspicious behavour you encounter when visiting Magog Down should be reported to the Police.

Call 999 if you are reporting a crime that is in progress or if someone is in immediate danger.

Call 101 to report crimes that are not an emergency. The local policing team is Sawston [link goes to their contacts page].

Bag it and Bin it!

There are ten bins for dog waste dotted around the site, and these are emptied by our contractor twice a week. The contract does not include picking up "stray" poo from the paths - we rely on responsible owners to bag and bin it themselves.

Courtesy of DogsTrust: "Scooper Hero" poster competition winner

Thank you for taking the time to place your own dog's poo in these bins, and thus helping to keep the paths clear for all visitors.

Monthly Working Party: Second Wednesdays

The conservation volunteers usually meet on the first Wednesday of every month, meeting at 2pm in the car park.  Sessions had been on a hiatus from December 2020 to April 2021, because of the ongoing pandemic, to help keep everyone safe.

The Rangers re-started the sessions with a cautious and limited size group in May: a very productive session tackling the Brambles along Jane's Piece and in the Shelter Belt. Sessions will now resume monthly, subject to the Rangers' availability. Unfortunately the June 2021 session cannot go ahead due to other commitments.

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Covid-19 and visiting Magog Down

Magog Down remains open every day, and visitors are welcome to come and enjoy "a breath of fresh air", making sure you abide by all current Government and local rules.

PLEASE TAKE YOUR LITTER HOME (Bag and bin all dog poo)

To stay safe and protect lives:

  • Keep your distance from anyone outside your household: 2m (6ft) where possible.
  • KEEP DOGS UNDER CONTROL, and on-lead where signed; be attentive to your dog near other people.
  • Jane’s Piece Boardwalk is strictly one-way.
  • Take necessary hygiene precautions when opening and closing gates, and using seats.
  • Be kind and considerate to fellow visitors. If it’s very busy, please leave.
  • Wash your hands on arriving back home.

Also, after an absence of more than five months since its theft, the car park ticket machine has been back in operation since May 2020: there is a £3.00 parking charge for those who are not displaying an up to date "I'm a Friend" car sticker. There is now a second ticket machine which accepts card payments.

Car Parking Charges began on 2nd January 2019

Do you know that:

  • Magog Down is run by a Charity – The Magog Trust
  • It costs around £50,000 a year to maintain

How many contribute to the costs of running and maintaining it? Friends and Members do, and their commitment is important to the charity.

  • To ensure its future we need the support of all visitors.

To encourage everyone who uses the Magog Down to pay towards these costs, the Trustees decided to introduce a charge for car parking, except for Friends and Members. The parking charge is £3 a day.

As of November 2020, there is now a second ticket machine which takes cards and contactless payments; the coins-only machine still remains.littletreeshillmackerelskybywandleburywoods_453

Information for new Friend applicants

Please allow up to three weeks after your payment for postal delivery of your car sticker/s - but expect an email acknowledgement within four working days, and check your Spam if not seen.

We've had a huge number of applications since the car park charging went live in January 2019, and a fresh surge since the post-lockdown re-opening in May 2020. It's amazing to realise how many people visit Magog Down often enough to want to become Friends, and we continue to process applications in the order received. The Admin 'team' consists of just one person, so please be patient!

If you have not heard from us by email PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM!
We know that often our messages get filtered out, even when it is a simple reply, so do check in your Junk/Spam folder if you've asked for bank details in order to pay. Failing that, you can always call us: 07774 084595 and leave a message, we will get back to you - though again, please be patient.

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larrybird2_60We now have a Twitter account, you can follow us there for news and updates.

Wildflowers at Magog Down

There is a new awareness lately of the importance of wildflowers for insects such as bees. At Magog Down this has been a core part of our management strategy for thirty years.

Our Trustee Ranger, Claire Beale, has put together this short document to set out the many ways in which our management of the land helps the wildlife.

Bird Club first Saturday meetings under review

The monthly meetings of the Stapleford Bird Club have not taken place since March 2020, because of the Covid-19 epidemic. The walk leader has continued to visit most months, and his reports can be read under our News section.  He hopes to be able to take a group round again before too much longer.

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It costs around £50,000 per year to maintain the accessible parts of Magog Down, including the Ranger service, twice-weekly dog-bin emptying, regular grass cutting, fence and gate repairs, and forestry activities (not counting the cost of farming our arable section).

Grants and investment income do not fully meet these costs, so the Magog Trust looks for additional support from each visitor to the Down. Please become a Friend to help us look after this special piece of countryside, year after year.

REMINDER: Magog Down is a Drone-free Zone!

drone180_180Flying of drones (UAV) is not allowed over or from Magog Down unless for a defined project with written authorisation by Trustees of The Magog Trust.

Aircraft have always been forbidden, and in June 2015 the rules were updated to specifically exclude drones as well. We ask all visitors to abide by the Rules of the Down at all times. Thank you!

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