FOURTHCOMING DIARY

 

currently no  forthcoming events 

March 2020

Herd have enforced Radial TB test  - pronounced clear

 

February 2020

Following recommendation  from 'Animal Health' Society purchases raised mineral lick holder to minimise risk of Herd TB infection from badgers.

November 2019

AGM postal vote . 43.6% responded and agreed overwhelmingly to all propositions .

Our annual talk, this years title 'The Lost Forest of Bernwood,' was presented by John Tyler.   John a lifelong conservationist, gave a fascinating illustrated talk on the management of ancient forests and their eventual decline. He then described how one could observe today's remnants of those glorious days.

 

August 2019

Volunteer group go Ragwort pulling.

 July 2019

Receive notification from APHA (Animal and Plant Health Agency)  that a Bovine TB outbreak had occurred within 3 km of our herd  and that it will therefore have to be tested  20 August and  repeated some  between 6 to 12 months thereafter.  

 February 2019

Our offer to the Parish Council to fund and install two cattle grids on the tracks leading to Tram Hill was declined. This was unfortunate as their installation would have greatly reduced both the the manual work required to enclose the North Hills grazing area and  the unsightly and restrictive electric fencing required.

November 2018

The Speaker at this years Annual meeting  attracted a full House.  Norman  Shepherd,  from Bucks Owl and Raptor Group (BORG)  gave a very knowledgeable and fascinating talk on Buckinghamshire's raptors.

 

This years AGM postal vote attracted 50% of the eligible membership who overwhelmingly supported all the proposals put to them by the Board.  The Board thank them for their continued support.

September 2018

Herd successfully pass their annual TB test

August 2018

BVCH member designs and builds attachment for BVCH Tractor to transport Cattle hurdles and Cattle Crush.

BVCH 2018 newsletter published

 

June 2018

New member of herd introduced making nine in total.

 

December 2017

Installation of four permanant water troughs around Common.

 

November 2017

Annual Meeting - Illustrated talk by Tim Read , a BBOWT Reserve manager, gave a fascinating insight into the  'Uncommon Wildlife of Brill Common.'

AGM postal vote  33% returns.  All propositions accepted unanimously, including accepting Paul Norman as Society Treasurer

 

October 2017

Annual TB test of Herd  - All  satisfactory

 

August 2017

Society purchases a compact tractor to assist with its operations.

BVCH newsletter 2017 published.

Howard Cox retires as Society Treasurer and is replaced by Paul Norman.

November 2016

Annual Meeting - Illustrated talk by John Mole, one of our members, on the history of Dorton Spa.

AGM postal vote  42% returns.  All propositions accepted unanimously.

 

October 2016

Annual TB test of Herd  - All  satisfactory

 

September 2016

Tina Tremolio becomes the Society's  new Membership Secretary.

At the Parish Council's request BVCH suggest suitable watering station sites for its herd

 

July 2016

BVCH Newsletter  2016 published 

 

May 2016

BVCH  meet City of London Head Ranger at Burnham Beeches to discuss Invisible Fencing (IF)  and its possible application to Brill Common 

 

March 2016

BVCH play a crucial part in securing five year  Higher Tier Stewardship Funding for Brill Parish Council who will  receive an annual payment of ~£5000,  40% of which is for grazing Brill Common.  However, due to the importance placed on conservation grazing, funding for the grazing element is assured for ten years and further funding is offered for permanent water troughs and invisible fencing.

 

January 2016

A local family generously donate a new herd member to the Society.

 

November 2015

Members attending the Annual Meeting were treated to a fascinating illustrated talk given by Helen Read, a conservation officer for the City of London.  She described the role of conservation grazing at Burnham Beeches Nature reserve and their experiences in the use of invisible fencing.

 

Result of AGM.   47.2% returned - All propositions were approved unanimously with no additional propositions being made. 

Therefore the Society Board has the support of the membership and remains unchanged.

 

October 2015

The Parish Council submit an 'expression of interest' to enter Higher Tier Countryside Stewardship scheme in which conservation grazing is a major factor.

Annual TB test of Herd  - All  satisfactory

 

June 2015

The 'Magnificent Seven'  increases to Eight.

In response to professional advice to increase the size of the BVCH herd a new member joined after the recent move to a new grazing area. This young heifer has been trained to respect the electric fencing and has settled in well with her new family. 

 

May 2015

Kate Ashbrook, general secretary of the Open Spaces Society, meets BVCH and other Community groups who are championing local common ground in the CPR magazine  'Countryside Voice.' (spring edition) 

 

April 2015

BVCH invited to attend 'Local Spaces: Open Minds' conference.  Five national experts presented papers on various aspects of viable common management. The Society's achievments were championed by Dr. Victoria Edwards, associate professor at Henley Business School who has shown great interest in our achievements.

 

The Friends of Nettlebed Common are planning further discusssions and visits to Brill as they are also hoping to reinstate grazing.

 

The National Trust have made contact  with BVCH and wish to visit and talk more in depth about our project.

 

March 2015

BVCH Volunteers hold a  work-day preparing the BVCH garden site in readiness for a new storage shed. They also painted the existing shed and entrance  gates with materials generously donated by B and Q.  Perimeter brick wall and fence repaired.   K and Z Sheds erect the new shed 

 

February 2015

The board decided to increase the herd size in response to the FWAG recommendation.  A suitable addition is being found and will be introduced to the herd soon.

 

January 2015

 At their next meeting Board members will consider whether to increase the size of the herd in response to the interim report on the state of the Common from FWAG.

 

December 2nd 2014

At our Annual Meeting Deborah Hayter gave a very successful talk entitled 'From Common Land to Private Property: how enclosure shaped the landscape'. Deborah has taught several courses on local history and landscape for OUDCE. She is currently working on an edition of the Hearth taxes for Northamptonshire.

 

November 2014

Results of AGM circulated to members. A 46% unanimous response confirming all propositions and confidence in the operation of the Society.

 

October 2014

Annual TB test of Herd  - All  satisfactory

 

 

 

 

 

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