Activities in 2022

What people say about us

Here is some of the feedback we have had from our members

Creatures of the Night

"We wanted to say thank you for the event last night - our children were fascinated by the bats they saw and the bugs they found. They were wearing their masks again today! Thank you to Prestwood Nature for hosting."
F. S. (Little Kingshill)
September 2022
"Karen’s seasonal hedgerow walks are wonderful! My husband and I have participated in several and really look forward to attending more.
Karen is incredibly knowledgeable and has a wonderful manner. She engages people of all ages - for the oldest to the youngest - and we all have fun, as well as learning a lot "
A. M. ( Little Kingshill)
January 2022

John Obee’s Bird Walk 20th March:

"a really enjoyable walk yesterday"
J.S. (Prestwood)
March 2022

Hedgerow Walk 2nd April:

"We’ve thoroughly enjoyed all the seasonal hedgerow walks we’ve done with Karen.
Karen is amazingly knowledgeable about all things botanical and patiently answered all my kids’ questions without dumbing down the science while also keeping the adults"
C. G. (Gt Missenden)
April 2022

Walks

Heron (photo Tony Marshall)

9:30am  - 11:30am

Led by John Obee

A two hour walk to look for migrant and resident birds around the lake.

10:30am - 12:30pm

Led by Karen van Oostrum

A local country walk around Great Hampden to see the flowers found in our hedges in Spring.

This was a free event with 17 people coming along, including 7 children, They enjoyed a gentle stroll through flat countryside,  looking at what the plants in our fields, hedges and woods are doing at this time of year.

Green hellebore (photo Tony Marshall)

Led by Tony Marshall

The walk took place in the area around The Harrow in Hughenden.
One aim was to see two rare spring plants - coralroot and green hellebore.   Both were found.

 
Led by Tony Marshall
 
Walk from Hughenden Village Hall to see early summer chalk grassland flowers and wildlife.  Fairly easy walking. 

Led by Karen van Oostrum

Selfheal

A local country walk around Great Hampden looking at what the plants in our fields, hedges and woods are doing at this time of year



2:00pm - 4:00pm

Led by Karen van Oostrum

A country walk looking at the abundance of fruits, nuts and seeds around Great Hampden, ideal for families with children, and suitable for anyone who enjoys a gentle stroll through flat countryside.

11:00 - 12:30

 A 3 mile figure of eight walk through the woods to the John Hampden monument and back via Kiln Common Orchard.

Talks

Song thrush in Angling Spring Wood (photo Colin Tyler)

A Zoom talk given by Simon Nicholls

Simon described our departing winter visitors and incoming summer migrants and explained what to look out for and, more importantly, listen out for in our local woodland and gardens as the seasons change.

We could see Spring in the Chilterns through different eyes and hear through different ears as we took a tour of our area to see residents and visitors alike.

Always wanted to know how to separate Mistle and Song Thrushes , Blackbird and Starling?  Simon gave us the tools and the tips of his 37 year love affair with the Birds of Buckinghamshire and help us identify better the birds of our local area.

 

"The Glow-worm" - a talk by John Tyler

Tuesday 14th June at Great Kingshill Village Hall

Glow-worm (photo John Tyler)

John Tyler (Naturalist) took an insect's-eye journey through the life of this fascinating creature, from egg to adult, looking at how it hunts and feeds, how it defends itself and of course how (and why) it produces its magical light, as well as giving tips on how to see them. 

Prestwood Village Hall - 7:30pm - 9:30pm

 

The talk "What Makes Chilterns Woodlands Special" was given by John Morris

 

Bluebells in Bottom Wood
Orange Tip on Coralroot

John has been working in the Chilterns since 1983 helping owners to care for their woods, mostly small woods under 20ha. Until 2020 this was for the Chiltern Woodlands Project but he is now working as a consultant, continuing to help woodland owners. Most of his work is in the Chilterns, where many of the woods are ancient, over 400 years old, dominated by beech and containing interesting flora and historical features.


He is currently working with the Chiltern Society in their woods and also manages the Royal Forestry Society's 74 hectares of Hockeridge and Pancake Woods near Berkhamsted. He is a keen photographer and will illustrate his talk with photos he has taken in the Chilterns.

Other activities

Open Day at Boug's Meadow

Activities included:

● The story of Boug’s Meadow
● Chalk stream environment
● Butterfly conservation
● A Nature Trail
● And more….

For more information about Boug's Meadow or National Meadows Day contact bougs@prestwoodnature.org

Prestwood Nature members John, Colin and Tony were on hand to talk about the bumblebees,  butterflies and plants to be found in the Prestwood Local Nature Reserve.
 
The Reserve is on Hampden Road at the bottom of Perks Lane (HP160JA).
 
Managed by Chiltern Society.
 
See the Nature Reserve web page for a map and for more information.

at Boug's Meadow

  • An evening of fun, looking and listening for some of the beautiful night-flyers and creatures that visit this lovely wildlife oasis slap bang in the heart of Great Missenden.
  • Hunting for bugs before the sun goes down.
  • Listening out for passing bats on the detectors and other sounds of the night.
  • Helping put out some 'wine ropes' to entice night flying moths.
  • Making a mask.

This was a FREE, fun, family-friendly event .

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