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CMA Social Event Sunday 13th April Visit to North Meadow


North Meadow at Cricklade in Wiltshire is a fine
example a lowland hay meadow and is well known for
having the largest population of the nationally scarce
Snake’s head fritillary.

Join us for a guided walk around this National Nature
Reserve with the reserve manager Anita Barratt from
Natural England.

As well as viewing these beautiful flowers, we will learn
about the management which allows them to grow
and also hear how they have fared with recent floods
affecting the meadows.

The walk begins at 10.30 and should last approximately
one and a half hours. Suggested donation of £3.
Please bring stout footwear and appropriate clothing.

There is the option to go local pub/tearoom afterwards.

Please contact Sarah Gibbs as soon as possible if you
are interested, as numbers need to be viable for event
to go ahead.


The reserve entrance is situated northwest of Cricklade on the
high street. The grid ref is SU 099 944. The nearest postcode is
SN6 6DQ. Parking is on the roadside by the reserve.


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18th June Managing Peri-urban Sites for Multiple Interests

The morning will involve visits to two Cotswold limestone grassland sites, Cleeve Common (just over 400 ha) and Charlton Kings Common (30 ha), that are SSSIs and in HLS grazing agreements. Both sites are close to large urban areas and have a variety of heavy recreational uses. Neither is well financed nor has adequate staffing, so both rely to varying degrees on volunteer input. Both have recently established grazing schemes and share management issues such as the control of scrub. Topography permits the use of large machinery on Cleeve, but not at Charlton Kings.

Part of the afternoon will be devoted to discussing some of the issues explored in the field. Subject to timing and the views of participants these may include; Grazing regimes, Recreational pressure, Monitoring, Volunteers, Funding, RPA issues! and Habitat Management. The Charlton Kings visit will involve 1 ½ mile walk. Cleeve Common will be explored by trailer, which will limit total attendance to 26. The similarities and differences between the sites raise a wide range of shared and contrasting management issues, different solutions and will provide an opportunity for sharing ideas with, and learning from, others with experience in maximising public benefits and overcoming constraints.

After lunch there will be a short presentation by Dr Peter Holmes - Gloucestershire Team Leader for Natural England, on possible future developments in funding schemes. Visits will be led by site staff and volunteers. The discussion will be chaired by Jo Burgon, a member of the Cotswold AONB Board and a former Head of Access and Recreation in the National Trust. Dr John Harvey, former Head of Nature Conservation for the National Trust, has helped with the organisation of this day and will be available throughout the day.

For further information and to book please contact CMA administration: Writtle College, Lordship road, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 3RR. Tel 01245 424116 email: cma@writtle.ac.uk.

For site specific information please contact: wayne.sedgwick@cheltenham.gov.uk (Charlton Kings) - 07733014743
or ellie.phillips@fwagsw.org.uk (Cleeve Hill) - 07701084367

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Landscape Restoration & Dragonflies Tuesday, 3rd June 2014, 9.30 am – 3.30 pm

Woodchester Park, near Stroud, Gloucestershire

This study day will take place at Woodchester Park, a tranquil wooded valley containing a 'lost landscape' with remains of an 18th- and 19th-century landscape park with a chain of five lakes. Large conifer plantations were planted in the 1960s and the park lay almost forgotten and without any access for the public for several decades until the National Trust acquired the estate in 1994. Since then, the National Trust has been working hard to restore some of the former pastures to benefit the population of Lesser and Greater Horseshoe bats that roost at Woodchester Mansion (not NT), and recent Higher Level Stewardship Funding has given the restoration project a great boost.

The guided walk in the morning will look at the history and the restoration of Woodchester Park, especially the methods used in converting areas from conifer plantation back to neutral grassland. In the afternoon we will enjoy a guided walk with the county recorder for dragonflies & damselflies, Ingrid Twissel, around the beautiful lakes learning more about dragonflies, identification of common species and their habitat requirements.

CMA Members £5
Non-members £40 (includes free membership)

To book please contact CMA Administration:
Writtle College, Lordship Road, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 3RR
Tel: 01245 424116
e-mail: cma@writtle.ac.uk


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Ecosystem Services, what’s the value and who pays

19th March

Hanson Environmental Centre, Wolverton Road,Great Linford,Milton Keynes,MK14 5AH

10am to 4pm

For those of us working in the natural environment we know its value and we may have paid a financial cost to work within it. Despite reassurances, the financial situation continues to bite, so with more difficult times ahead does the new mantra of ecosystem services offer a monetary lifeline?
The day will provide an overview of the ecosystem services concept, how it might be applied and where the finance may come from.
A mixture of talks and practical’s within the surrounds of an evolving Country park.
With a presentation from the Environment Bank

CMA Members £free Non-members £35 (includes free CMA membership)

To book please contact CMA Administration: Writtle College, Lordship Road, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 3RR Tel: 01245 424116 e-mail: cma@writtle.ac.uk


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Conflict of Interests in Higher Level Stewardship

Wednesday 16th October 2013

Chafford Gorges Nature Park, Drake Road, Chafford Hundred, Grays, Essex. RM16 6RG

The day will be divided firstly we will briefly exploring part of the park and looking at an interesting case study that is still unfolding at the park. We have been awarded special project funding through Natural England to restore a chalk grassland SSSI site that is heavily overgrown with pioneer woodland species. However, Natural England is also putting very demanding conditions on any work due to the presence of Great Crested Newts at the site.

The second part of the day will be to introduce your new regional chairman, Matthew McGettigan and their will be a discussion about the future of the region and where we go from here.

9:30 Arrival Tea/Coffee
10:00 Welcome and Introduction
10:30 Walk around Warren Gorge
12:30 Lunch (please bring packed lunch, or, a Tesco Express store is very near to the visitor
13:30 Case study – Chalk Grassland vs Great Crested Newts.
14:45 New Regional Chairman – The future for the region
15:15 The future for the region brainstorming session
15:45 Summing up and depart

CMA Members £free Non-members £35 (includes free CMA membership)

To book please contact CMA Administration: Writtle College, Lordship Road, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 3RR Tel: 01245 424116 e-mail: cma@writtle.ac.uk

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