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Cleeve Common is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and part of the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
In 100 years’ time, visitors to Cleeve Common will enjoy the same sense of space and tranquillity, with the diversity of plant and animal life, as they do today.
Dogs and their owners enjoyed a morning of fun and games in the sunshine earlier this month, with lots of prizes kindly donated by Oxbutts Pet Food Supplies in Woodmancote.
The event was intended to draw attention to the number of dogs on the Common and the need to ensure that they are under control. Some key figures:
Please keep your dog under control and clear up after it!
Martin Swift, from Great Barr, Birmingham, has tipped us off about the intriguing possibility that there used to be a World War II RAF direction-finding (DF) station on Cleeve Common close to today's radio masts. The picture shows what it may have looked like. If you have any recollection of such a structure, please get in touch!
To see the evidence for such a structure on the Common, click the 'read more' link.
28 October 2013
On Sunday 13 Oct, Richard Lansdown led a Cotswold Wardens walk to look at the bryophytes (mosses and liverworts) of Cleeve Common. Richard is an independent ecological consultaant and County Recorder for bryophytes. It turned out to be a very wet walk, but nonethelss a fascinating glimpse of a 'world within a world': the tiny but complex world of mosses. A small patch of ground may be home to a dozen or more species and this microcosm is as essential to the livelihood of the Common as grass, flowers, insects and animals.
Cleeve is a paritcularly valuable location for bryophytes, since the 'unimproved' nature of the grassland (not ploughed of fertilised) means that bryophyte diversity is sustained, compared to most ot the Cotswolds which has been intensively farmed. To read more, click the 'more on bryophyte walk' link below.
13 October 2013
Our 33 Galloway cattle had their annual TB test this week. The test (the tuberculin skin test), looks for a reaction to the virus. Each animal is injected, and the vet re-visits after four days to inspect for a reaction. Putting the herd through the cattle crush see (photo) is also a good opportunity to inspect each animal’s general health, so while the vet reads the TB test we take the chance to give the cattle a general MOT, looking for any signs of ailments.
Any TB reactors have to be culled by law and it is always a nerve-racking time as we wait for the results. We’re delighted to say that all 33 have passed! The herd received a clean bill of health from the vet and have now been sent on their autumn holiday to the Butterfly Conservation reserves next door to the Common. The reserves give our cattle a change of scene, and in return our cattle do an excellent job of grazing out the rough grassland to provide flower-rich swards for butterflies and other wildlife.
11 October 2013
Seed from a critically endangered plant, red hemp-nettle (Galeopsis angustifolia) has been harvested from Cleeve Common and sent to the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership. The Partnership is the largest ex situ plant conservation project in the world, and is hosted at Kew Gardens.
10 September 2013
So what is the profile of the 'average' visitor to Cleeve Common?
He/she lives locally, is a regular visitor and comes by car to walk (perhaps with a dog) and to enjoy the fine views and open spaces.
These observations are drawn from the Visitor Survey we carried out during the late May holiday weekend. Highlights from this survey include:
Charts and all the numbers can be found in the summary document - click on the link below.
22 August 2013
On 6 August members of the Board and Staff were delighted to welcome our 2 new local County Councillors, Roger Wilson (Winchcombe and Woodmancote) and Robert Bird (Bishops Cleeve) to Cleeve Common.. We toured the Common to look at and discuss the many different aspects of conservation and recreation management, everything from mosses and frog orchids to car parking and future funding.
Both Robert and Roger expressed their deep appreciation for the work of the Board. Roger described the day as "truly uplifting" and Robert commented, "It's amazing what's on your own doorstep when it's brought to your attention!"
7 August 2013
Now that August is here, our frog orchids are out in full flower. These orchids are classified as Vulnerable on the UK red list. The list is compiled based on factors such as number of known locations and rate of decline, so their classification as Vulnerable means that there is national concern about the future of this species. As such we are really privileged to have them growing on the Common and we take great care to document their distribution and to monitor the impact of our habitat management on known colonies. These small, green orchids can be rather tricky to spot, but keep an eye out and you might be lucky!
4 August 2013
On Saturday 3 August, relatives of people commemorated on the Memorial Wall were invited to tour the Common to see how their donations in memory of loved ones are being used to conserve and improve the Common. Our Conservation Officer, Ranger and Board Chairman were pleased to escort a group of six visitors to see various aspects of our conservation management work. The visitors commented on how much they enjoyed and appreciated the visit.
The Memorial Programme allows local residents to make a donation in memory of a loved one to fund the conservation of Cleeve Common. Donations for this purpose will help to maintain and enhance the Common’s natural beauty as a lasting and fitting tribute to the family members and friends who enjoyed visiting the Common for this very reason. Those making a donation will be able to place a plaque on the Memorial Wall surrounding the Cotswold's highest tree (photo).
No sheep on the Common
Updated 19 November
All sheep have now been taken off the Common for the winter.
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