About Brush Hill
Brush Hill is situated in an area of the Chilterns which is rich in history, overlooking ancient spring line settlements and the pre-historic Icknield Way.
The site became a Local Nature Reserve in 1997 to promote species richness and diversity by maintaining a variety of habitats of different ages and compositions. The reserve’s semi-natural woodland is an important landscape feature, part of a continuous woodland belt from Coombe Hill to the Bradenham Estate. The important chalk grassland habitat is grazed annually by a flock of Herdwick sheep to conserve the diverse mix of herbaceous wild flowers and support the dependent butterfly population that thrives here.
The Ridgeway National Trail, an 85 mile linear walking route that follows the chalk escarpments between Avebury in Wiltshire and the Ivinghoe Beacon in Bedfordshire, passes directly through the site. Boasting spectacular views, this spot is very popular with walkers.