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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Orthoptera (Grasshoppers and Crickets)

Roesel's bush-cricket

Only ten species of cricket and grasshopper have been recorded locally so far, although the largest, the Great Green Bush-cricket, seen at Perks Lane Picnic Site in the 1980s, has not been since that time.  Two others, however, are recent arrivals, previously restricted to warm areas of the south coast until a succession of more clement years led to a northward expansion.  The first to reach our area, in the early 1990s, was Roesel’s Bush-cricket, with a prominent curved white stripe on its side.  Once rare enough to be classified as Notable B, this species is now common in our area wherever there is scrub exposed to the sun.  The Long-winged Conehead, on the other hand, was not seen until 2004, when it occurred at Perks Lane Picnic Site, and is more restricted to warm chalk grassland.