About Marlow Common
Marlow Common is an idyllic local nature reserve where you can find typical English oak, silver birch and bracken. The geology of this site is unique and unlike the rest of the Chilterns. Glacial deposits from the last ice age mask the chalky geological base and create acidic soils, generating rare heathland habitat of conservation priority.
The ancient Oak trees at Marlow Common are over 100 years old and are home to the Green Tortrix Moth, which in turn is a vital food source supporting a diversity of bird species including the endangered Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Treecreepers and the Nuthatch.
As well as wildlife there is a lot of evidence of historic industry to be investigated at Marlow Common. Until the 20th century Marlow Common was home to a successful brick and tile industry, using clay exhumed from massive clay pits, these deep excavations can still be seen and inspected at the site today.