Long Grove Wood

Long Grove Wood - Jim Asher

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.

Location

Seer Green
1.5 miles east of Beaconsfield
Buckinghamshire
HP9 2XQ

OS Map Reference

SU962916
A static map of Long Grove Wood

Know before you go

Size
2 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

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.

Access

Flat; soft when wet, few roots

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

March to November

About the reserve

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. 

Contact us

Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)
Contact number: 01442 826774
Contact email: info@bbowt.org.uk