We are the Local Environment Group for the area around Prestwood in Buckinghamshire, including Great Missenden,
The Hampdens, The Kingshills, North Dean and Speen
We aim to protect and enhance the quality of the natural environment through the involvement of local people.
While there is some evidence that the Common Frog has declined in numbers, it is still present at some time in virtually every pond in the area. The Common Toad, on the other hand, is much less common, although it can be abundant in some areas, such as the woodlands at Great Hampden, where it has been known to lay its strings of spawn in track-ruts as well as ponds.
The Smooth Newt is the one most often present in garden ponds, but outside the breeding period it can be difficult to distinguish the Palmate Newt, which our latest efforts show to be more common than previously thought. It may not, however, be as common as the Great Crested Newt, which normally inhabits only the larger ponds, rarely in gardens, and which is protected because it is threatened in parts of its range in Europe. We are fortunate in this area to have substantial populations of this dark handsome warty creature.
There is one known colony of the introduced Midwife Toad in Hughenden Valley, where it has survived for many years in the gardens there.
No amphibians should be handled for any time because of the danger of heat-shock to their systems, and it is illegal to catch and handle great crested newts without a licence.
|Activities for Children|
|Publicity & Liaison|
|Walks and Visits|
|Junior Photo Competition|
|Great Missenden Library|
|Angling Spring Wood|
|Hedges and Special Trees Project|
|Kiln Common Orchard|
|Prestwood Nature Reserve|
|Boug's Meadow History|
|Why no car park at Boug's Meadow|
|Butterfly Transect Route|
|Kiln Common Orchard Planting Plan|
|Ecological Flora of the Central Chilterns|
|Flowering Plants: Arable Land|
|Flowering Plants: Disturbed Land|
|Flowering Plants: Meadows|
|Flowering Plants: Ponds|
|Flowering Plants: Roadsides|
|Flowering Plants: Woodlands & Hedgerows|
|Grasses, Sedges & Rushes|
|Bees and Wasps|
|Mosses & Liverworts|
|Ancient Trees & Parkland|
|Heathland & Acid Grassland|
|Collings Hanger Pond|
|Kiln Corner Pond|