Who Does What?
The Board of Conservators comprises representatives of local Parishes and Boroughs and the Landowner. It is responsible for the overall management and conservation of Cleeve Common. The Board is a Registered Charity and Board members are also its Trustees.
The Clerk to the Board is, in effect, the Board’s chief executive officer. She represents the Board in dealing with all official matters relating to management of the Common, handles the finances and administration (including records for the cattle) and is the main channel for liaison with both official bodies and members of the public.
The Conservation Officers monitor and record plant and wildlife, plan livestock and habitat management, seek funding to support conservation work and provide information to official bodies, local interest groups and members of the public. Informal and formal education of both young and old visitors to the Common is also the Conservation Officers’ responsibility.
The Rangers are the people whom you are most likely to see on the Common. They look after the livestock, manage the grassland and scrub, carry out repairs and renovation, patrol the Common and assist visitors whether as individuals or taking part in an organized event. Sometimes it's tough going... (photo)
The Voluntary Wardens help the Rangers in day-to-day monitoring and maintenance of the Common. During the summer, volunteers participate in surveys of grasses, plants and reptiles under the direction of the Conservation Officers. If you’d like to help, just get in touch – we’ll be delighted to hear from you!
Local ecology and wildlife groups play an important part in habitat and wildlife monitoring too, for example in carrying out surveys of grassland, reptiles, invertebrates and birds.
Commoners are local landowners who have seasonal grazing rights. Only one of the registered Commoners is currently exercising this right. Instead, other local stockholders are invited to put sheep on the Common.