Dogs and adders

Be aware that this is the time of year when the adders that live on the Common become more active, especially on sunny days.  These rare animals are legally protected. They are timid creatures and will not bite unless they feel threatened.

We have recently had a report of a dog being bitten by an adder. To prevent this happening to your dog, keep it under close control and stick to main paths. If your dog is bitten, get it to a vet immediately. Try to keep your dog calm and if possible carry your dog rather than letting it walk. This will help to slow the spread of venom.

A Special Place on our Doorstep: free talk about Cleeve Common

What makes Cleeve Common ‘special’?  Why does it look the way it does? Who owns it? How is it managed?

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If you’ve ever wondered about these and similar questions, come along to a talk by members of Cleeve Common staff, with lots of wonderful pictures.  It's in the Bishops Cleeve Community Centre, next to the Library, on Tuesday 11 April at 7.30pm. Refreshments available from 7.00pm for a small charge.

The talk will last about an hour, after which there will be time for questions. We will discuss the landscape and history of Cleeve Common, its flowers and wildlife, how it is managed today, current conservation and education projects, recreational activities – and much more.

And the good news is that this event is FREE - but please register for tickets, so we know how many to expect.  

Calling All Horse Riders....

Calling All Horse Riders....

Hacking licences for the 2017-18 season are now available.  They are valid from 1 Mar 2017 to 28 Feb 2018 and cost £30 each, the same as in previous years.  Please note that you must have a licence to ride a horse or pony anywhere on the Common apart from on the Restricted Byway along the front edge of the hill and a short stretch of bridleway at the far end of West Down.  The Rangers will be checking to ensure all riders are properly licensed.  Riders must sign up to the Riders' Code as a condition of being granted a licence.  

If you intend to ride on the Common during the coming 12 months, please complete an application form and return it to the Board of Conservators with your payment. 

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Memorial Programme

Memorial Programme

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).

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