Please note: the road leading to Finemere Wood from the Quainton and Edgecott directions is closed for a month while HS2 carry out works on our nature reserve. For more info, see below.
Know before you go
Parking informationParking is temporarily unavailable while HS2 carry out works at the reserve
1.5 mile Wildlife Walk through reserve plus other permissive paths.
Flat, muddy when when wet, some stumps and roots; five short bridges; benches throughout reserve.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitAll year round
About the reserve
Please note: the road leading to Finemere Wood from the Quainton and Edgecott directions is closed for a month while HS2 carry out works on our nature reserve. Roadside parking is not available at this time.
It is still possible to visit the reserve on foot using the footpath network. The road from Edgecott direction is open for pedestrian access only.
We are really sorry for the inconvenience. We have done all we can to stop the closure from impacting on visitors to our nature reserve.
HS2 have provided more information about the road closure here.
Throughout the year, Finemere Wood has the thrilling atmosphere of a very old, wild place. Spring is particularly special when the rides are edged with primroses, and bluebells carpet the woodland floor. If you look closely, you can find wood spurge, wood anemone, early-purple orchid or greater butterfly-orchid. In the sunnier coppiced areas, lesser celandine and dog's mercury appear early, and in the summer, hairy St. John's-wort and willowherb take advantage of the clearings. An impressive 200 species of flowers have been recorded here.
At the heart of the wood you will find a sheltered haven of rough pasture and thickets. Traditional grazing has encouraged the return of plants such as ragged-robin and cuckooflower in the spring and saw-wort, betony and devil's-bit scabious in the summer. In the autumn, the low sun highlights the seed heads of grasses like wood small-reed and tufted hair-grass. A good variety of bees buzz around the meadows throughout the summer. Butterflies abound This nature reserve is one of the best places to spot the magnificent purple emperor. Head for the main ride in July and August. Its smaller cousin, the white admiral, thrives here as well, particularly around trailing honeysuckle leaves. A warm summer may bring an influx of silver-washed fritillaries that hunt out patches of violets for their caterpillars to feed on.
Finemere was once used by kings and queens for hunting wild boar. Along with Rushbeds Wood and Whitecross Green nature reserves, also in Buckinghamshire, it was a part of the ancient Royal Forest of Bernwood. BBOWT is currently reviving this ancient landscape in a three-year conservation project.
Things to do
Try our circular Wildlife Walk (1.5 miles). Just follow the badger waymarkers.
Look out for our seasonal guided walks.
Your Finemere Wood photographs
Share your photographs of Finemere Wood with us! Just add them to our BBOWT flickr group, and tag them with 'finemerewood'.