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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Toadstools found forming rings in the woods on Magog Down

Bitter Poison Pie Hebeloma sinapizans.

Several species of Hebeloma are known as Poisonpie toadstools with descriptive names such as Sweet, Veiled and Rooting poisonpie. Many species of toadstool have characteristic smells and this group smells of radish. It is often found in the Autumn forming rings in the woods on Magog Down.


There is uncertainty about the origin of the name Toadstools. Names such as tadstoles, todestoles todestoyles occur in medieval literature from 1398. The old Scottish name for a Toad was Padok or Paddok, and the names paddok or puddokstools were in use during the 20th century.

There are 12,000 named species of fungi in Britain with many more still be discovered. It is estimated that the number of fungi species is six times greater than that of flowering plants.


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.