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.
Six UK Biodiversity Action Plan species have been recorded in the area, of which all but one are still current. The sixth, the Wall, has not been seen since 1990. Four of these butterflies inhabit warm chalk grassland slopes and the Perks Lane Nature Reserve supports three of them – Dingy Skipper, Grizzled Skipper, and Small Heath (along with Green Hairstreak and Brown Argus). The fourth, Small Blue, is found only near Speen where its food plant Kidney Vetch grows. The last species, White-letter Hairstreak, has a single known colony in a hedgerow near Great Missenden parish church, which is protected by Prestwood Nature.
Dark-green Fritillary used to be present at Perks Lane Nature Reserve, but is now rarely seen, although it occasionally crops up at various places locally. Purple Emperor is regularly seen near Speen and occasionally elsewhere, but searches have not so far revealed a breeding colony in the area.
Among the rare immigrants, Clouded yellow is seen in most years, but particular excitement was caused by a visit by a Camberwell Beauty in 2006, when it stopped long enough feeding on rotten fruit in an orchard for several of our members to get to see it and take photos.
From 2006, Prestwood Nature has run an annual Butterfly Transect in conjunction with Butterfly Conservation.
36 different species have been recorded in recent times.
For further information see the Butterfly Transect pages.
|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|