About Prestwood Local Nature Reserve

This 4.5 acre site consists of a combination of chalk grassland and scrub areas that make it abundant in wildlife with an incredible diversity of wildflowers.

In recognition of its value to the local community for recreation and study, the site was officially designated a Local Nature Reserve in 1993. The taller vegetation enclosing the reserve includes trees such as maple, cherry, beech, walnut and even the rare wild pear. It provides nesting sites for birds and cover for mammals such as wood mice, voles and muntjac. It is hard to believe that this peaceful nature reserve was used a car dump in the 1970s. Thanks to the effort of volunteers, it is now a great place to see wild flowers and butterflies in the summer months.


Directions (Google Maps)The site is on the Hampden Road, between Hughenden Valley and Hampden, 50 metres north of the turning for Perks Lane. There are signposts from the Harrow pub at Hughenden Valley.

Parking:  There is parking for about 12 – 15 cars. Please note there is a height restriction barrier.

Please make sure you park responsibly! 

Prior to visiting, download our Prestwood Walks Leaflet for a local walk. There are also hundreds of other Chiltern Walks Leaflets for you to enjoy.

Please visit the Chiltern Society Directory for the Site Co-ordinator’s contact details.

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What you can spot…binoculars

White Marbled Butterfly
Common Spotted Orchid

Visit us…

How to find us

Grid reference SU866991

Google Maps

Arriva 48

Great Missenden

Opening times

Public parts of the reserve are free to visit and open all year.