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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Butterflies

Dingy SkipperSix UK Biodiversity Action Plan species have been recorded in the area, of which all but one are still current. The sixth, the Wall, has not been seen since 1990. Four of these butterflies inhabit warm chalk grassland slopes and the Perks Lane Nature Reserve supports three of them – Dingy Skipper, Grizzled Skipper, and Small Heath (along with Green Hairstreak and Brown Argus). The fourth, Small Blue, is found only near Speen where its food plant Kidney Vetch grows. The last species, White-letter Hairstreak, has a single known colony in a hedgerow near Great Missenden parish church, which is protected by Prestwood Nature.

Dark Green FritillaryDark-green Fritillary used to be present at Perks Lane Nature Reserve, but is now rarely seen, although it occasionally crops up at various places locally. Purple Emperor is regularly seen near Speen and occasionally elsewhere, but searches have not so far revealed a breeding colony in the area.

Camberwell BeautyAmong the rare immigrants, Clouded yellow is seen in most years, but particular excitement was caused by a visit by a Camberwell Beauty in 2006, when it stopped long enough feeding on rotten fruit in an orchard for several of our members to get to see it and take photos.

Comma baskingFrom 2006,  Prestwood Nature has run an annual Butterfly Transect in conjunction with Butterfly Conservation.

36 different species have been recorded in recent times.

For further information see the Butterfly Transect pages.