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.
Holy Trinity Churchyard Prestwood
This churchyard contains a small area, about an acre, of unspoiled unfertilised grassland that preserves some of the original acid grassland plant species of the old commons that have otherwise all been destroyed - some of these species grow nowhere else in our area.
This grassland supports an "Internationally Important" community of rare waxcap fungi, preserved by the careful management of the site, most crucially by taking off cuttings to compost heaps. There are also longer grass "meadow" areas and scrub-like borders.
The abundance of flowers attracts a wide variety of insects, including many uncommon species. It forms a wonderfully diverse ecological community, an oasis amidst built-up areas and improved pasture.
In 2017 it was declared a Buckinghamshire Local Wildlife Site and is now being treated by the church authorities as a nature reserve, while of course preserving its functions as a churchyard.
Clockwise from the top: Butter Waxcap, Meadow Waxcap, Blackened Waxcap, Scarlet Waxcap. All photos by Tony Marshall
Click on any of the photos to see a slide show of all the pictures from Holy Trinity Churchyard
Tony Marshall’s paper “Survival of a waxcap grassland: Holy Trinity Churchyard Nature Reserve” was published in British Wildlife, June 2017, 335-340 (available only to subscribers of British Wildlife)
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