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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 Feb:  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.

Information for new Friend applicants, and renewers

NEW FRIENDS: You can expect an email acknowledgement of your application within four working days, so check your Spam if not seen. Please allow up to three weeks for postal delivery of your car sticker/s

We've had a huge number of applications since the car park charging went live in January 2019. 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!

RENEWERS: We will not acknowledge a one-off payment immediately, and you should allow up to four weeks from making any one-off payment (whether by cheque or direct banking) to receiving your new car stickers in the post. Please do not chase up, unless it's been more than a month since you sent payment.

Your car sticker expiry shows the month when your renewal is due. There is no need to wait until that month before paying - much better to pay early; we will preserve your original renewal month. If you pay late, whether by one month or many, your renewal month will be set for the month before your late payment was received.

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

We Showcase Your Photos

pasqueflower_anthonytwist_closeup_250We're always delighted to receive pictures taken on and from Magog Down.

In springtime one of our Friends spotted this Pasque Flower among the plentiful Cowslips on North Down. Our Your Photos page in the Gallery is there to showcase some of the pictures from our visitors. If you'd like to send in any you have taken, you can use the dedicated email address: photos 'at' 

We can't promise to use them all, and we do rely on you kindly allowing us to use them for free. We will always credit you by name, unless of course you tell us that you don't want that.  Maximum size we use for the website is 1000 pixels wide.

Follow us on Twitter

larrybird2_60We have a Twitter account: follow us there for news, updates, lots of flora and fauna photos, and fab skies!


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.

Follow us on Twitter for the latest updates.

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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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