Prestwood Nature LogoPrestwood Nature was founded in 2003 by a group of people determined to try to protect and enhance the quality of the natural environment through the involvement of the local residents.

Sheepwash Pond on Honor End Lane in Prestwood was one of the first projects undertaken by the group and over the years it has been transformed from a boggy and overgrown area into an oasis of calm a few hundred yards from Prestwood High Street.

These pictures below show Sheepwash Pond before and after restoration:-

Sheepwash 2007-001Sheepwash 2015-001

2007                                                      2015

WildlifeGarden1On Kiln Common near the allotments, fruit trees have been planted and hopefully in the not too distant future, Kiln Common Orchard will produce old fruit varieties for all to enjoy. Close by, the Wildlife Friendly Garden is sown with pollinator-friendly flowers to show some of the plants which can be grown in your own gardens to attract bees and butterflies.

But it’s not all work parties and digging. Prestwood Nature arranges evening talks by local experts on subjects related to our area. Recently, subjects have included butterflies, chalk streams, bats, orchards and glow-worms, all of which can be found in Prestwood and Great Missenden.

Birdwalk 2015We organise field trips to explore our environment. Amongst the most popular are
John Obee’s Bird Walk and Tony Marshall’s Wildflower Walk which take place in the spring. Then each autumn we set off on a ‘fungus foray’ to look for the many fungi that can be found in the surrounding woods and fields.

Another important activity is the Butterfly Transect. Each week from April to September a different volunteer walks a set route (the transect) identifying and counting the butterflies that they see. These numbers are submitted to the United Kingdom Butterfly Monitoring Scheme (UKBMS) and form part of the national data of butterfly numbers.

Activities for children are also arranged – regular pond dipping at Sheepwash Pond shows the kids that there are other interesting creatures as well as ducks that live in ponds! We also liaise with schools, scouts, guides, brownies, etc to promote an interest in the environment.

Pond dipping
Members are kept updated about activities by the publication of a full colour newsletter three times a year. Here they will also find records of local wildlife, both plants and animals, and are able to contribute their own observations.

QAVS Logo _ r2As recognition of the part it has played in serving the community Prestwood Nature was awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary service in 2012.

If you are interested in taking part in any of the above activities membership for a household (everyone living at the same address) is only £8 per year and application forms can be downloaded from the Prestwood Nature website or from membership@prestwoodnature.org.