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.

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Protecting Our Own Environment Registered charity No. 1114685

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Palmate Newt at South Heath (photo by Peter Hall)While there is some evidence that the Common Frog has declined in numbers, it is still present at some time in virtually every pond in the area.  The Common Toad, on the other hand, is much less common, although it can be abundant in some areas, such as the woodlands at Great Hampden, where it has been known to lay its strings of spawn in track-ruts as well as ponds.


The Smooth Newt is the one most often present in garden ponds, but outside the breeding period it can be difficult to distinguish the Palmate Newt, which our latest efforts show to be more common than previously thought.  It may not, however, be as common as the Great Crested Newt, which normally inhabits only the larger ponds, rarely in gardens, and which is protected because it is threatened in parts of its range in Europe.  We are fortunate in this area to have substantial populations of this dark handsome warty creature.

There is one known colony of the introduced Midwife Toad in Hughenden Valley, where it has survived for many years in the gardens there.

No amphibians should be handled for any time because of the danger of heat-shock to their systems, and it is illegal to catch and handle great crested newts without a licence.

Amphibians