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Hog and Hollowhill Woods

Traditional beech woodland with a peppering of birdsong and spring flowers.

Golden woods

These woods near Marlow lie within the Chilterns Beechwoods Special Area of Conservation and the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. They are also part of the Hollowhill and Pullingshill Woods Site of Special Scientific Interest.

The Wildlife Trust took on the management of this site, which is owned by Bucks County Council, in November 2015.

Beech trees dominate the woods but there are also other species here including oak, ash, field maple, birch, larch and yew. Hazel, holly, hawthorn and wild privet grow below the main trees. Woodland plants, such as dogs mercury, enchanters nightshade, bluebells, ferns and wood sedge grow in patches across the ground.

In autumn the beech leaves turn golden orange and the shady woodland floor supports an amazing array of fungi - more than 150 species have been recorded on this reserve.

During spring bird’s-nest orchids grow in the woods. These unusual yellow plants contain no green pigment at all. They are a parasite and gain their nutrients from the host trees.

Listen out for birdsong during spring when the woods are home to many species of nesting birds such as robins and blackbirds.

The removal of coniferous trees from part of the site around 10 years ago allowed dormant plant seed buried in the soil to germinate. Acid-loving plants such as heath speedwell and trailing St John’s-wort have appeared suggesting that the woodland would have been much more open in the past and would have formed a continuation of heathland extending up from the nearby Marlow Common.


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Reserve information

¼ mile west of Marlow take right-hand turn (signposted Marlow Common). Follow road for ½ mile until fork in road.
Map reference
SU 823 861
Best time to visit
Apr - Oct
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7.80 hectares
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Special Areas of Conservation (SAC)

Dogs must be on lead
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Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)
Tel: 01442 826774

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