Board of Conservators
Registered charity no. 900131
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.
Please note that this website is currently 'frozen', due to technical issues. Information is correct as of late May 2015 but cannot be updated at present. We are working on a temporary solution and planning a new, improved website later this year. In the meantime, please see our Facebook page for the latest news and information, or contact us by email or phone. We apologize for any inconvenience.
27 May 2015
Our 2014 accounts have now been audited and our annual report has been finalised. We are proud of what we achieved with limited funding - take a look at the report to see what kept us busy in 2014.
12 May 2015
Only three places remain on the moth identification course at Postlip Hall on Saturday 27th June.
Book your place now to avoid disappointment!
6th May 2015
The Checklist of the Bryophytes of Cleeve Common is now on sale!
This 100 page, full colour A5 book documents the mosses and liverworts of Cleeve Common, with species accounts for over 200 taxa, colour illustrations of selected species on every double page and colour maps of Cleeve Common.
Income generated by the sale of this book will be used for further conservation work on the exceptional bryoflora of Cleeve Common.
Grab yourself a bargain with our introductory price of £12 plus P&P!
7th April 2015
Motorbikes/scrambler bikes have been spotted on the Common over the past few days. Motor vehicles are not permitted on the Common and the riders are trespassing, damaging our beautiful common and disturbing the peace for other visitors and wildlife.
Please help us to tackle this disgraceful behaviour by getting as much detail as possible on the riders and their bikes and reporting it to the police, by either calling 101 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
You should state what is happening, reference CLEEVE HILL, and as provide as much detail as possible, including pictures where you can. If you feel threatened, or a criminal offence is underway, please call 999. Please, please DO NOT put yourself in danger – DO NOT try to stop or intercept the bikes, or try to challenge the bikers.
Our rangers can’t be everywhere, but it’s helpful to let them know too so that we can build up a pattern – 07756 828 458.
1st April 2015
Please note that our quarry carpark closing time will change to 8 pm commencing Monday 30th March, as the clocks go forward this weekend. THE GATE WILL BE LOCKED AT 8 PM. We will switch back to 5 pm again in the autumn when the clocks go back.
It costs us money in staff time when our rangers have to wait around (plus they really do have homes to go to), so please help us to keep our costs down by ensuring that you vacate the car park before this time.
25th March 2015
We’re buzzing about a rare find on Cleeve Common!
In July 2014 our field team recorded an unusual-looking plant gall on a widely-occurring plant called common cat’s-ear. The gall was tentatively identified as being caused by a gall wasp called Phanacis hypochoeridis, and the plant was photographed so that its identification could be confirmed later.
We’ve been working through our winter jobs, including inputting records into our species database, and have sent the photograph off to a local expert, Robert Homan. Robert, the Gloucestershire Plant Gall Recorder, confirmed the wasp’s identification, and also confirmed that the species has never been recorded in Gloucestershire before!
23rd March 2015
Did you see any of the Channel 4 TV racing coverage of the Cheltenham Festival? If so you might have noticed some fabulous footage of Cleeve Common...with four National Hunt superstars of recent years: Kauto Star, Denman, Big Buck's and Master Minded. Filming took place on 1 March and - despite a very strong wind and the odd hail shower - Ch 4 were very happy with the results! We are grateful for their generous donation towards staffing costs and management of the Common. Click link below for more photos.
The latest annual bird survey from Arthur Ball, a local ornithologist, is now available to view and download. There's good news and bad news: read more...
Please note that as of 1st January 2015, all horse riders riding off the restricted byway/bridleway on Cleeve Common MUST have a 2015 hacking licence.
The 2015 hacking licence costs £30 and permits you to ride off the byway/bridleway for all of 2015 whilst supporting our work to conserve Cleeve Common as the beautiful open space which is so enjoyable for horse riding. What fantastic value! Download your application form here.
Breaking News! The Gloucestershire branch of Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) have kindly just donated £500 towards the design and production costs of our NEW VISITOR LEAFLET!
6th October 2014
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).
Sheep on the Common
Updated April 2015
Sheep and cattle on the Common. Please close all gates behind you and keep your dog under close control - you are required by law to keep dogs on a lead around livestock. Thank you.
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