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 www.gowhitewater.com ) 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 evans@leevalleypark.org.uk

To book a place, contact Mubina Visram by 18 July on 01992 709 880 or at misram@leevalleypark.org.uk

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: cma@writtle.ac.uk






Butterfly Monitoring - An Introduction 12th August 2014

by CMA Admin  

10am to 3.30pm
Crickley Hill Country Park
Crickley Hill, Birdlip Gloucester GL4 8JY

Please note: Satnav directs you to The Airballon pub from here please follow brown country park signs.
The aim of this training day is for participants to gain enough knowledge to return to their sites and set up a basic monitoring scheme which can also be fed into Butterfly Conservations records
9.45 ? 10.15 Registration and welcome, tea, coffee and chocolate biscuits provided
10.15 ? 1pm introduction to butterflies and butterfly monitoring led by Ian Middlebrook of Butterfly Conservation.
1pm ? 1.45 Lunch. Please bring packed lunch
1.45 Leave centre for a site visit at Crickley Hill Country Park where there is an established transect, with a chance of seeing the Chalk Hill Blue colony and many other midsummer butterfly (Weather dependant)
3.30 - 4pm Conclude and Finish
CMA Members £0
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

18th June Managing Peri-urban Sites for Multiple Interests

by CMA Admin  

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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