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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Orchids

Bee Orchid, often seen at Perks Lane Picnic SiteOrchids are one of the special glories of the Chilterns, and 14 species are known to grow in our area, although we seem to have lost the Man Orchid last seen in the 1970s and known to have grown at two sites, Fragrant Orchid unrecorded since the 1930s, and both Green-winged Orchid and Autumn Lady’s-tresses from the west side of Denner Hill since the 1970s.  These losses are due to development and lack of management of grasslands.  On the other hand, Greater Butterfly Orchid had not been seen for 30 years when it was recently rediscovered at a new site near Hampden Bottom by the farmer Ian Waller.  White Helleborine and Birdsnest Orchid grow in Longfield Wood, but hardly survive the double depredation of slugs and muntjacs.  There are some good clumps of Violet Helleborine around Piggott’s Wood and of White Helleborine in grassland near Great Missenden parish church.  Common Spotted  and Pyramidal Orchids are comparatively frequent, but still a joy to find.