Bottom Wood The Chiltern Society

About Bottom Wood

Bottom Wood is owned by the Chiltern Society and managed as a nature reserve. It lies in a valley to the east of Stokenchurch in Buckinghamshire.

The southern boundary marks where the parishes of Stokenchurch and Radnage (in which the wood is sited) meet. The eastern boundary is on the edge of West Wycombe parish.

The 14.5 hectare (36 acre) site covers the valley bottom and steep south-facing slope. About 80% of the Bottom Wood reserve is ancient woodland, (ancient woods have been continuously wooded since 1600AD), the remainder is Toothill, part of which is now chalk grassland, reclaimed from a dying pine plantation in 1990.

Like most of The Chilterns, chalk underlies the surface soils. The typical clay-with-flints, along with other chalky soil types, helps Bottom Wood support over 700 different kinds of plants and animals, including a population of dormice and several other rare British species.