The wide variety of habitats at Prestwood Local Nature reserve is designed to support the maximum possible biodiversity at the site.
Chalk grassland, scrub and deciduous woodland all combine to provide not only a glorious space for people to enjoy, but a perfect place for a wide variety of animal and plant species to prosper.
The complete list
A list (PDF) of species, which may be seen at the Reserve, can be accessed here. Left click to view it in your browser. Right click to download it.
From April to the end of August you will be greeted by a stunning array of wild flowers including cowslips (below), field scabious, clustered bellflower and the county plant, Chiltern gentian. Three types of orchid can also be seen.
Wayfaring tree (above), guelder rose and dogwood also thrive on the thin chalk soils at Prestwood Local Nature reserve and are an important part of the habitat, providing nesting sites for birds and cover for other animals. The leaves and flowers are an important food source for many invertebrates including moths, butterflies and bees.
When scrub is cleared, piles of deadwood are stacked along the margins as a habitat for those animals and plants which rely on dead and rotting wood for all or part of their lifecycle – such as beetles, flies and fungi.