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Millfield Wood

An unusually light and airy Chiltern beechwood with beautiful wild flowers and lovely views across Hughenden Valley.

Valley views

Set on a Chiltern hillside with views over the Hughenden Valley, Millfield Wood's beeches are surrounded by an amazing assortment of trees - whitebeam, wayfaring-tree, field maple, yew and wild cherry.

A rich history

The site, once owned by Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield, in the late 19th century, is documented on a map from 1766. The variety of plants, however, suggests that the woodland is much older than this.

The floor of a beech wood is normally rather bare in spring, but unusually Millfield Wood has a number of beautiful wild flowers, many of them typical of ancient woodland.

Beauty after the storm

Storm damage has opened up the wood, letting in light and breathing new life into it. Bluebells flourish in spring alongside sweet-smelling woodruff. The woodland carpet includes dog's mercury, sanicle, wood anemone, yellow archangel and wood spurge.

The native lily-of-the-valley grows here, although it can be hard to find, as well as the local speciality coralroot, with its pretty four-petalled pink flowers. Look out for the small goldilocks buttercup, a woodland flower featuring missing or uneven petals.

Listen out for the drumming of the great spotted woodpecker and the distinctive call of the chiffchaff.

Things to do

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Grangelands and The Rifle Range
6 miles - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

1.5 miles north of
High Wycombe
HP14 4LA (Hughenden Manor car park)
Map reference
SU 870 956
Great for...
ancient trees
spring flowers
Best time to visit
Mar - Nov
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Opening Times
Open at all times
7.50 hectares
Walking information
Steep slope; flat cross slope path, bumpy and sloping elsewhere, steps
Park at Hughenden Manor car park, 0.5 miles from reserve; take bridleway east of the Manor on the A4128 for 0.25 miles.
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)
Tel: 01442 826774

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.