The Nature Conservation Group for the Prestwood Area

About Prestwood Nature

We are the Nature Conservation Group for the area around Prestwood, including Great Missenden,
The Hampdens, The Kingshills, North Dean and Speen

Our Aims

Prestwood Nature aims to protect and enhance the quality of the natural environment through the involvement of local people.

Coming events

For more information see the Events Page

Protecting Our Own Environment Registered charity No. 1114685

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Welcome to Prestwood Nature

What we do - Our activities include:

Ecological Flora of the Central Chilterns


A comprehensive study of the flora of the central area of the Buckinghamshire Chilterns has been undertaken by Tony Marshall and is being made available for downloading free of charge from this web site.

Click here to visit the download page

Join Prestwood Nature now Membership of Prestwood Nature is only £8 per year for the whole family.  Click here to find out more and to download a membership form.

Boug’s Meadow Under Threat

Boug’s Meadow has been carefully managed by Prestwood Nature for the last 10 years in order to restore it to an area of natural Chiltern grassland and provide a place of quiet repose in the middle of Great Missenden. In wet weather,  the river Misbourne sometimes runs along the side of the meadow.  

Great Missenden Parish Council are now considering pouring tarmac over the entire meadow, burying the Misbourne in a culvert and turning it into a car park!  

If this were to happen we would lose a golden opportunity to restore a unique type of wildflower meadow that has now virtually disappeared from the area.  Also thousands of hours of work put in by Prestwood Nature volunteers would have been in vain.

Help Prestwood Nature fight these proposals by writing to your Parish and District Councillors or by contacting the Great Missenden Parish Clerk at parishclerk@onetel.net

To find out more about our work see the Boug’s Meadow project page.







The Misbourne flowing through Boug’s Meadow in 2014

Butterfly Numbers are down this year.

Once a week from April to September, Prestwood Nature volunteers walk a defined route near Prestwood counting all the butterflies they see.   Our findings form part of the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme (UKBMS).

This year, by the end of July we had counted only 773 butterfiles compared with 1880 at the same time in 2015.

A summay of last year’s national results and the this year’s dominant species is given in the latest UKBMS newsletter.