Santa in the Woods - running a large festive event: Wednesday 10th December

by Naturenet  

The East of England are holding a study day 'Santa in the Woods - running a large festive event' at Langdon Hills Country Park on Wednesday 10th December.

Thurrock Council Ranger Service runs a number of events throughout the year at Langdon Hills Country Park, but Santa in the Woods is without a doubt the most popular – Limited to 1,000 children over two weekends. The event is a chance to engage with the local community and raise money for the park budget and Friends of Langdon Hills group.

Over nearly two decades, the event has grown to include themed pantomime walks and craft activities, in addition to the traditional aspect – meeting Santa in the woods. Those attending the study day will have the chance to see how this successful event is run, learn about how the event has evolved over time, see the challenges of fitting such a busy event into the other work of the Country Park, and get tips gleaned from long years of experience. Expect humorous stories of things gone wrong too!

For more information, please contact Nick Stanley - Tel: 01268 542 066, 07711 260 825, Email:

To book please contact CMA Administration: Writtle College, Lordship Road, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 3RR Tel: 01245 424116 e-mail:

CMA Seminar 'Small Change & Big Challenges' 24th NOVEMBER 2014

by CMA Admin  

Successful countryside management in the new financial era

Worcester Woods Country Park, Worcester. 9.30am – 4pm

Followed by CMA National AGM at 4pm

A seminar to explore how countryside managers are adapting to the modern funding environment. A ‘warts and all’ look at some real examples including outsourcing of site management, third sector partnerships, income generation opportunities and taking on new work areas including Roadside Nature Reserves.

The day will include practitioner presentations and discussion sessions to help participants explore how good practice can be adapted to their own work areas.

We have speakers from Worcestershire County Council Countryside Service, Worcester City Wildlife Rangers and the South West Coast Path Association.   

There will be opportunities for discussion and to explore ideas along with a lunchtime opportunity to get out on site within the fabulous Worcester Woods Country Park.

For CMA members our Annual General Meeting will follow at approximately 4pm and all are welcome to join us for an evening meal in a local pub/restaurant from 6pm.

CMA Members                                   £Free (with lunch available at £5.25 p/p)

Non-members                                     £45 (with lunch available at £5.25p/p)

To book please  contact CMA Administration:  Writtle College, Lordship Road, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 3RR

Tel: 01245 424116     e-mail:

River Restoration Study Day 16th October

by CMA Admin  

Organisation: Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

Led by: Dr. Martijn Antheunisse (Wessex Chalkstreams Project Officer) and Lev Dahl (Avon River Restoration Project)

Subject: Practical techniques for the use of Large Woody Debris, brushwood mattresses and other soft engineering structures to improve river habitat and morphology.

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South West Ranger Forum 14th October 2014

by CMA Admin  

09.45 - 10.15 Arrive Piles Mill Tea/Coffee

10.15 - 10.20 Introduction to the day SWRF/PC

10.20 - 10.40 Holnicote intro NG

10.40 - 11.00 ENPA intro AV

11.00 - 11.20 Defra flood project NH

11.20 - 11.40 Break

11.40 - 12.00 Holnicote HLS schemes NG

12.00 - 12.20 Deer management CH

12.20 - 12.40 Exmoor Partnership Plan TB/Getting Involved JT

12.40 - 1.00 Open session

1.00 - 1.30 Lunch

Depart for Webbers Post

1.40 - 3.00pm Walk around Webbers Post Archaeology RWN/Horner Woods NNR RM

3.00 - Depart



To Book Please contact:

Conservation and Land Management Conference

by CMA Admin  

You are invited to a one day conference exploring the use of CMSfor Conservation and Land Management. The event is on Thursday 25th September, 2014 at the Linnean Society, London, W1J 0BF.

Thanks to the support of Natural England, Natural Resources Wales and other members of the CMS Consortium, ‘early bird’ admission to the conference is only £25 per person including refreshments and lunch. Bookings made after 10th August will be £35 per person. The draft conference agenda is presented below.

If you wish to reserve a place then please reply by email  to David Mitchel stating the number of delegates. Bookings will be made on a ‘first come first served basis’, although we may have to limit the number of delegates per organisation as the venue is limited to 100 places. 


10:00 – 10:25

Registration and refreshments



10:30 – 10:35

Welcome and introduction


Professor Denis Bellamy, Chair of the CMS Consortium


10:35 – 10:50

Keynote address (tbc)

Speaker from Defra / Natural England

10:50 – 11:15

‘Ecosystem Services’ – the Welsh experience in  adopting a ‘new’ approach to environmental management


Mike Alexander, Natural Resources Wales - principal adviser to the Welsh Government on the environment

11:20 – 11:45

Climate change – how Natural England are responding in their management of National Nature Reserves

Natural England - Government’s statutory adviser on the natural environment in England

11:50 – 12:30

CMSi – an overview of how CMSi supports conservation site planning and management

Dr Anne Brookes & David Mitchel, exeGesIS SDM Ltd - the CMSi software developers.



12:30 – 13:15  

Buffet lunch served in the Library


13:20 – 13:35

Countryside asset management

Andy Davidson, Hampshire County Council

13:40 -14:25

CMSi – what’s new, summary of major new functionality following a 1 million euro investment

Dr Anne Brookes & David Mitchel 

14:30 – 15:00

The Dutch experience with an example from one of their outstanding reserves


Speaker from Staatsbosbeheer (state organisation for nature conservation in the Netherlands) or Natuurmonumenten (Major Dutch conservation NGO)

15:05 - 15:20

Questions, discussion and closing remarks





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