Activities in 2022

What people say about us

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

"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. of Little Kingshill
January 2022

John Obee’s Bird Walk 20th March:

"a really enjoyable walk yesterday"

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. of Gt Missenden
April 2022


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


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

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 the Autumn.


This free event is ideal for families with children, and suitable for anyone who enjoys a gentle stroll through flat countryside. We shall be looking at what the plants in our fields, hedges and woods are doing at this time of year.


Wear shoes for country walking and clothing appropriate for the weather! 

Please book your place – this will help with our planning, and will ensure that we don’t leave without you.


Meet at Great Hampden. Park on road by The Hampden Arms alongside cricket ground, HP16 9RQ


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. 

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Talk and Prestwood Nature AGM

The talk will start at 7:30 followed by the AGM at about 9:00.

Speaker to be announced.

For the past two years the AGM has been held over Zoom but we hope to get back to holding it in the village hall this year.

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

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.

7:00pm - 9:00pm

at Boug's Meadow

  • Come along for 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.
  • Hunt for bugs before the sun goes down.
  • Listen out for passing bats on the detectors and other sounds of the night.
  • Help put out some 'wine ropes' to entice night flying moths.
  • Make a mask.
Meet at 7.00 pm Boug's Meadow next to the Link Rd car park in Great Missenden.

Bring a torch, wear some stout shoes or wellies, insect repellant to fend off those pesky midges, and a jumper or jacket to keep you warm once the sun goes down.

This is a FREE, fun, family-friendly event and we look forward to meeting you all on the night. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information contact

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