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.
Of the largest moths, nine different hawkmoths have been recorded locally and the Old Lady, one of the largest residents, is quite frequent. Another large moth, the Goat Moth, has caterpillars that bore inside trees for several years before emerging. Its effects were noticed in early 2008 when a large ash was brought down in a storm near Great Missenden after being weakened by a vast number of tunnels throughout the main trunk.
One Notable A species, 10 Notable B and 43 UK Biodiversity Action Plan species have been recorded. These include the Striped Lychnis, whose larvae feed on Dark Mullein, which has strong populations in the area, becoming locally abundant at times.
A recent addition to our moth fauna is the tiny Cameraria ohridella, which lays eggs inside horse-chestnut leaves. The larvae feed inside the leaves in “mines” and these become discoloured brown and make whole trees appear to be dying. This moth found its way to Britain in 2002 and to this area by 2005. It is now present wherever there are horse-chestnut trees. Despite making the trees unsightly, it is not known to kill them.
640 different species have been recorded in recent times.
|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|