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





SW AGM and Study Session/CMA Taster Day

by CMA Admin  

CMA Regional AGM Larmer Tree Gardens Tollard Royal, Wiltshire SP5 5PY.  Weds 23rd July 11.00 - 16.00

Larmer Tree Gardens, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire SP5 5PY

11.00 arrival and coffee

Followed by introductions and AGM

13.00 Study/site visit AONB issues/management including game management


World Ranger Day Disc Golf Challenge in support of The Thin Green Line

by CMA Admin  

Help us to raise money for The Thin Green Line, supporting the dependents of Protected Area Staff killed in the course of their work, as well as have a fun social day at Lee Valley Regional Park, by entering the World Ranger Day Disc Golf Challenge.

Teams of two (we can pair you up on the day if needed) will compete around the newly installed disc golf course in the River Lee Country Park, with the winning pair each receiving a White Water rafting experience at Lee Valley White Water Centre, venue of the London 2012 Olympic canoe slalom events.

The entry fee of £15 per person will include a burger and tea/coffee at the end of the competition. Other refreshments will be available in the LVWWC café.

There will also be ranger-led cycle rides around the country park (for a small donation to TTGL) lasting about an hour each (bikes provided), as well as flat water kayaking sessions (£5 per hour) and rafting sessions (book directly online at ) at Lee Valley White Water Centre.


For the more sociable, or those from further afield, we have negotiated a 10% discount at Lee Valley Caravan Park, Dobbs Weir for the night of the 31 July, and will be having a get together in the Fish and Eels pub (~200m from the camp site, 2 miles to the nearest railway station on the London Liverpool Street – Cambridge line).

For more details, contact Derek Evans on 07739 852 858 or at

To book a place, contact Mubina Visram by 18 July on 01992 709 880 or at

Payments by card in advance, or cash on the day.



Introduction to Moth Identification

by CMA Admin  

Thursday 3rd July 2014

Pitsford Water Nature Reserve – Northamptonshire


Pitsford Water Nature Reserve is a large SSSI wetland site in Northamptonshire managed by the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.  The site has two permanent light traps which have been recording moths for around 15 years with a total of 387 different species of macro moths for the site. 


The morning will include an introduction to moth trapping and a session learning the key features required to identify common families and species. The afternoon will involve practicing identification skills on the previous night’s catch. All moths will be released unharmed.  


Total beginners welcome.


Numbers are limited to 14.

Please bring a packed lunch as there are is not a shop or café close by.

09.30 - Arrival and refreshments

10.00 - Introduction to moth trapping and key features of moths

12.30 - Lunch

13.00 - Practical identification session

15.30 - Close

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

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






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