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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Flowing Plants:  Roadsides

Dark MulleinWhile roadsides are the last refuge of many plants that were once common across our wood- and farm-land, they are also among our least protected sites.  Meadow Cranesbill, not common in this area, has colonies along Hampden road and near Great Missenden, and Dark Mullein (sole food-plant of the striped lychnis moth) can be found along most roadsides where the soil is calcareous, as long as they are not cut at the wrong time of year.  Hedgerow Cranesbill occurs occasionally, and Shining Cranesbill in small quantity in both Prestwood and Great Missenden.  Pale Lady’s-mantle only just survives by two roadsides – Hobbshill Lane and Hangings Lane, and Crosswort (much more common in the north of the country) has just one colony by Bryants Bottom Road.  An odd umbellifer, Longleaf, is an introduction, but has been present in one particular stretch of roadside at Cryers Hill for as long as anyone can remember.  Fortunately it is protected from cutting with the rest of the verge and persists well, although it never seems to be inclined to spread.  Another introduction, of garden origin, is Winter Heliotrope, which flowers January-March and is well-established in hedgebanks at Hotley Bottom and along Nairdwood Lane. PN is conducting initial surveys of all verges in the area with the intention of establishing roadside verge nature reserves to protect the most important.