GFF Directory Changes

Ten further references have been added to the GFF Directory and two areas updated.

New references 

  • GFF-0480 Clint’s Quarry SAC, Cumbria
  • GFF-0481 RSPB Consall Nature Park
  • GFF-0482 Sandwich Bay SAC/Sandwich & Pegwell Bay NNR, Kent
  • GFF-0483 Foster’s Green Meadows NNR, Worcestershire
  • GFF-0484 Collyweston Great Wood & Eastern Hornstocks NNR, Northamptonshire (Access by permit only)
  • GFF-0485 Cothill NNR/SAC, Oxfordshire
  • GFF-0486 Hambledon Hill NNR, Dorset
  • GFF-0487 Great Ashby Scar NNR, Cumbria
  • GFF-0488 Highbury Wood NNR, Gloucestershire
  • GFF-0489 Hatfield Moor SAC, South Yorkshire

Updated references

  • GFF-0135 Hamstreet Woods NNR, becomes Hamstreet Woods NNR/RSPB to include adjoining RSPB owned Hibbet’s Wood
  • GFF-0298 Thanet Bay SAC, now excludes any areas contained within the Sandwich and Pegwell Bay NNR, which forms part of new ref GFF-0482


Operation from within references

As there have been issues elsewhere,  it seems timely to remind people of the requirement for all equipment  be located within the boundaries of a reference when operating. To establish reference boundaries, GxFF recommends using DEFRA’s  Magic Map. For Northern Ireland references consult DAERA map viewer. Please bear in mind, car parks, roads etc may not always be inside /part of the reference, it is your responsibility to check.

To maintain the integrity of the program the National Co-ord or Log manager can request documentary proof of valid operation. Team GxFF intends to implement two changes related to this from 1st Jan 2022. The first will be the introduction of random checks for valid operation, the second will be to verify the location of all operators who wish to activate a reference from their home address. Neither of these should place any great additional burden on activators.

For /P operations, many people already post photos to the GxFF or WWFF Facebook Group, where these do not show a verifiable location, the addition of a suitably detailed screen shot from a GPS programme, google maps, OS App etc would suffice as proof, should that activity be selected for checking. We would recommend that adding this becomes the default for any activators who use the Facebook Groups.

For those not posting activations to facebook, there is also the option of creating activation reports for website (login required), we would encourage any activators to do this, as it show cases our activity to a wider audience.

If you are not going to create a post, you should take and keep a screenshot of your activating location, these normally have a time/date stamp info attached.  Again we recommend that you send these in with your logs as proof of location should it be required.

Inability to provide proof of operation within the boundaries may result in the activation being declared void.

In the case of activating from home, activators are requested to contact me directly with the reference their home is in and their address. This is a one off verification process to validate future QSOs.

There’s no suggestion that there are issues with GxFF operations, but the more rigorous approach to checking  location data, brings us in line with some other branches of the WWFF program.

If you know any activators who do not avidly follow the Facebook Grps, or check please pass on. Any questions, drop me a line.

Adrian G1UBL
Team GxFF Co-ordinator

GFF Directory Changes

Ten further NNRs have been added to the directory and two areas updated

New References

  • GFF-0463 Buckingham Thick Copse NNR, Northamptonshire (currently closed to the public)
  • GFF-0464 Cabin Hill NNR, Merseyside
  • GFF-0465 Chaddesley Woods NNR, Worcestershire
  • GFF-0466 Hallsenna Moor NNR, Cumbria
  • GFF -0467 Hog Cliff NNR, Dorset
  • GFF-0468 Cliburn Moss NNR, Cumbria
  • GFF-0469 Mottey Meadows NNR/SAC, Staffordshire
  • GFF-0470 Lewes Downs (Mount Caburn) NNR, East Sussex
  • GFF -0471 Humberhead Peatlands NNR/SPA/SAC – South Yorkshire
  • GFF-0472 The Hudnalls NNR, Gloucestershire

Updated references

  • GFF-0130 Barnsfield Pit – for clarity becomes Swanscombe Skull NNR (Barnsfield Pit)
  • GFF -0138 becomes Northward Hill RSPB (inc High Halstow NNR)

GFF Directory Changes

Eight further NNRs have been added to the directory. Please note four of these references have limited or no public access at this time.

New Areas

  • GFF-0450 The Flits NNR, Herefordshire
  • GFF-0451 Prescombe Down NNR, Wiltshire
  • GFF-0452 Far Ings NNR, Lincolnshire
  • GFF-0453 Tarn Moss NNR, Cumbria
  • GFF-0454 Moccas Park NNR, Herefordshire (Permit required)
  • GFF-0455 Wychwood NNR, Oxfordshire (Limited Access by permission)
  • GFF-0456 Ling Gill NNR, North Yorkshire (No Public Access at this time)
  • GFF-0457 Hales Wood NNR, Essex (No Public Access at this time)

GFF Directory Changes

Seven further NNRs have been added to the directory and one reference updated

New Areas

  • GFF-0443  Kingcombe NNR, Dorset
  • GFF-0444 Castle Hill NNR, Sussex
  • GFF-0445 Cribbs Meadow NNR, Leicestershire
  • GFF-0446 Rusland Moss NNR, Cumbria
  • GFF-0447 Lady Park Wood NNR, Gloucestershire
  • GFF-0448 Smardale Gill NNR, Cumbria
  • GFF-0449 Muston Meadows NNR, Leicestershire


  • GFF-0141  becomes Wye and Crundale Downs SAC/NNR to reflect inclusion of NNR

GMFF – Directory Changes

New Areas

A further 5 NSAs have been assigned references, completing the review of Scottish NSAs see earlier post for details


The following references have been updated

  • GMFF-0040 Kirkconnell Flow, becomes Kirkconnell Flow – Solway Mosses North SAC, reflecting a change in qualifying status.
  • GMFF-0001 Cairngorms National Park – name changed to Cairngorms NP-NSA to reflect inclusion of the Cairngorms Mountains NSA
  • GMFF-0107 Cuillins SPA becomes Cuillans SPA- Cuillin Hills NSA (Isle of Skye) to reflect inclusion of NSA