Experts sought for BMC Land Management Group (LMG)

Posted by Dave Turnbull on 18/01/2021
BMC owned crag Wilton 1, Lancashire. Photo: Niall Grimes

The BMC is seeking several new volunteers to advise on the management of our crags and associated land holdings. If you have a background in property law, rural practice surveying, geotechnical engineering, the quarry industry or conservation management – please read on.

As part of the BMC’s work for climbers and walkers, the organisation owns and manages eight sites across England and Wales – Harrison’s Rocks, Stone Farm Rocks, Aldery Cliff, Wilton 1 Quarry, Craig y Longridge, Horseshoe Quarry, Crookrise and Craig Bwlch y Moch (Tremadog); we also have direct involvement in several other sites via formal access agreements and fixed equipment installation and inspection commitments. The day-to-day management of these sites is undertaken by our Access & Conservation staff supported by a volunteer management group (the LMG) which currently comprises Martin Wragg (chair, solicitor retired), Ian Nettleton (Geotechnical Engineer), Rupert Davis (Barrister), Mark Courtier (land manager) and Bob Moulton (climber, southern sandstone specialist).

The LMG meets quarterly either face-to-face or online and provides ongoing advice via email as necessary. By BMC standards the workload to be expected of LMG members is generally quite low; the BMC’s Access & Conservation staff are experienced in their roles (10 years+ each) and are capable of dealing with the majority of matters without a need to involve the LMG.

Examples of the key responsibilities and work areas for the LMG include the following:

  • Assessing the costs and benefits of potential new acquisitions.
  • Considering management options for new sites – lease, ownership, management agreements etc.
  • Agreeing any significant management interventions or proposed new works at BMC owned sites.
  • Assessing safety issues and risks arising from the condition of sites – slopes, cliff faces, woodland, highways issues etc.
  • Advising on the conservation management of sites and positive measures to encourage wildlife.
  • Determining standards for fixed equipment installation and testing at owned and managed sites.
  • Providing guidance on urgent / emergency situations – accidents, major rock falls, storm damage etc.

Expressions of interest are welcomed from all those who feel they may have something to offer the group. We are looking to appoint a maximum of four new members and would particular welcome applications from those currently under-represented on the LMG i.e. women and those with land and property experience in Wales.

To arrange an initial conversation or to express an interest (by way of a CV and covering letter) please contact Dave Turnbull on dave@thebmc.co.uk by 12 February. Online interviews will be held in late-February and the appointments with take effect shortly afterwards.

The BMC will also shortly be seeking some additional specialist members of our Access Management Group and Sustainability Working Group so watch this space for further notifications. Also – if you’re applying for the LMG and would like to be considered for these other groups do please specify this in your covering letter / email.


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