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.

Previous Annual Reviews can be downloaded here:

2020 Annual Review

2019 Annual Review

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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Feedback on the Easter 2014 Bird Count on Magog Down

On the Saturday and Monday of the Easter Weekend [19th and 21st April 2014], all visitors to Magog Down were asked to help the Magog Trust by recording all the various species of birds they saw on their walks over the two days. The weather was very warm and encouraged many families to visit the Down.

Walkers and families were provided with a recording sheet showing pictures of all the birds that might possibly be seen on the walk. Many children were excited about the bird survey. From the 65 returned survey sheets there were numerous small birds recorded, such as Chaffinches, Blackbirds, Linnets, Goldfinches Great tits and Blue tits. Kestrels were seen hovering over the North Down above the stunning display of cowslips. The cowslip display is possibly the best in 25 years, probably because there were only two frosts this year along with plenty of rain. This will mean that there will be a mass of seeds for dispersal for new cowslip plants in 2015.
Raptors were observed, including a Buzzard; somebody thought they saw a Hobby Hawk and possible a Red Kite. The bird mostly associated with Magog Down is the Skylark and six to eight birds were seen on the wing above the South Down.
Interestingly, many people walked the Down for the first time and really praised the Magog Trust for all the hard work to keep Magog Down as a great family space to enjoy. We look forward to those visitors becoming Friends of Magog Down.
To support Magog Down, we would love all visitors to join as a Friend. The application form can be downloaded, or if you prefer then email and the form can be sent to you. Please set up a standing order if you can (it helps to keep our administration costs to a minimum!) and please do sign the Gift Aid section if you pay sufficient tax. Alternatively, if you don't wish to become a Friend, then any donations are always very welcome.
If you would like to join The Stapleford Bird Club, it meets at Magog Down regularly on the first Saturday of the month and you will be very welcome. (Summer time meetings are at 8am, switching to 8.30am in the winter months.) The monthly reports are all made available on this web site here, where they have the added value of "hot-links" to RSPB information about the birds mentioned.

The results of the Easter Bird Survey will be aggregated, analysed and published on this site in due course.


Old Newsletters

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

pdf_logo_smallSpring/Summer 2011

pdf_logo_smallAutumn/Winter 2010

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.