Please note that we have just moved the temporary cattle paddock to a new location, on the far (uphill) side of the heather plot. You may see the fencing when you’re crossing the plateau heading out from the Radio Masts. At the moment the fence is not electrified, but it will need to be turned on when the cattle are moved back from West Down around 25 Feb. We’d like to remind all visitors that winter grazing of targeted areas is absolutely crucial for the conservation programme. Here’s a map showing where the paddock is:
May we remind all dog walkers who charge for the services they provide that they need a permit to use Cleeve Common., for which there is an annual fee. Please click here for more information and an application.
Every month, Arthur Ball, a local ornithologist, visits Cleeve Common to count numbers of birds along 3 pre-set routes. At the end of the year, he compiles a comprehensive report of his findings. Read all about the birds on the Common in 2018 here.
Our Galloway cattle are back from their holiday in the Butterfly Reserve to the first of their winter enclosures on the Common. It is situated below the heather plot at the top end of Washpool valley: see map below. The paddock has electric fencing and there are two pedestrian gates. Winter grazing by the cattle is the cornerstone of our conservation management, to maintain the wonderful diversity of flowers and grasses for which the Common is renowned. We therefore ask for your co-operation by not damaging the temporary fencing or disturbing the cattle.
The gate at the Golf Club entrance (leading to the Quarry car park) is now closed and locked at 5.00 pm each day. This will be the closing time throughout the winter, until the clocks go forward in March. Please ensure you move your car before closing time.
Whether you are a regular visitor, or have only been once we would really value your thoughts on all things Cleeve Common. If you can spare 5 minutes to complete this very short 10 question survey we would be very grateful. Just click here.
We're working on a series of self-guided walks on Cleeve Common for all ages and interests. The first of these is now available as a free download. Its a circular family walk of 2..3 miles / 3.6 km, suitable for children from Primary school age upwards and of course for adults too. Just click here for the guide or see the full range of downloadable walks.
If you use a professional dog walker and know they walk your dog on Cleeve Common, please check that they have a commercial dog walking licence.
Licence holders have signed up to our Canine Codes, ensuring they are looking after dogs to a high welfare standard and are also exercising them here responsibly. Both aspects are vitally important to ensure that everyone can enjoy this beautiful conservation area together.
If you are a professional dog walker, please click here for details of the Cleeve Common licence.
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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).Read More