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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Road Verges

Honor End Road, PrestwoodMost local roads are narrow, but where there is some verge underneath a bordering hedge, or a steep bank beside sunken lanes, these sites can provide a last refuge for plants expelled from intensively managed farmland or decimated woodland.  Green hellebore, moschatel, leopardsbane, winter heliotrope, pale lady’s-mantle, common centaury, crosswort, corky-fruited water-dropwort, meadow cranesbill and many others have been found along our roadsides at some time, although all otherwise have a very limited distribution.  Dark mullein is a special plant of road verges that is important as the sole foodplant of the striped lychnis moth, a national BAP species which, with the protection of the mullein, is frequent in the area.  Where there are roadside trees, fungi like devil’s bolete can also be found on the banks beneath.  Like hedgerows, road verges can provide important linkages between wildlife sites for small mammals, birds and insects.  The chief threat to these verges is their loss in the course of road-widening and cutting at inappropriate times by the Highways department.

PN has cooperated with a proposed county scheme for roadside verge nature reserves, several of which would have been in our area, but this failed to come to fruition.  One of our future aims is to resurrect this project and to this end PN is surveying roadsides to decide on priority sites for protection.