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Long Grove Wood

Woodland flowers were the unexpected beneficiaries when the great storm of October 1987 brought several trees crashing down at Long Grove Wood. New glades created the ideal conditions for beauties such as bluebells and yellow archangel.

Natural regeneration

Allowing nature to take its course is the key to managing this piece of the old mixed deciduous woodland. Trees are allowed to grow old, natural glades are created when trees blow over and dead wood is retained where possible for insects and fungi. 

The wood is dominated by beech and hornbeam. Holly and birch can be found in more open areas where trees have had to be pruned or felled. Ancient and gnarled beech coppice stools (multi-stemmed stumps) testify to prolonged coppicing of the trees in the past. 

Birds such as the great spotted woodpecker and tree creeper benefit from the tall old trees.

Things to do

  • Local volunteers occasionally run family events at this nature reserve, such as bug trails and mask making.
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Nearby nature reserves

Gomm Valley
4 miles - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust
Springwell Reedbed
5 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Stocker's Lake
5 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Seer Green
1.5 miles east of Beaconsfield
Buckinghamshire
HP9 2XQ
Map reference
SU 9626 9162
Great for...
ancient trees
birdwatching
spring flowers
Best time to visit
Mar - Nov
Get directions
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Public transport
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
1.50 hectares
Walking information
Flat; soft when wet, few roots
Parking
From the A40, take A355 north, turn right into Longbottom Lane, take the second left into Bayne Hill then the third left into Stable Lane; take a left into Farmers Way and park in the street
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)
Tel: 01442 826774
info@bbowt.org.uk

Smartphone Safari

Every weekend on BBC Radio Berkshire and BBC Radio Oxford we broadcast a Smartphone Safari. Listen along as we explore some of our fantastic reserves and introduce you to the wildlife you can see.