Butterfly Sites in Buckinghamshire

This map has been produced from the Ordnance Survey “Get-a-map” service. It is reproduced here with the kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.


A Aston Clinton Ragpits SP888109 A Wildlife Trust reserve 4¼ miles southeast of Aylesbury. A small area of chalk downland and disused pits at the base of the Chilterns. No car park (use verge at SP 888108 on unclassified road off the A4011 towards Wendover Woods, St Leonards and Chesham). Species include Chalk Hill Blue, Green Hairstreak.
B Bernwood Forest SP615114 A large Forest Enterprise woodland complex 7 miles northeast of Oxford, incorporating Oakley, Shabbington and York’s Woods and Hell Coppice, all of which is now managed as a nature reserve. Car park at SP610116 off the unclassified road from Oakley to Stanton St John. Species include Black, Brown and Purple Hairstreak, White Admiral, Purple Emperor, Silver-washed Fritillary.
C Bernwood Meadows SP608109 A Wildlife Trust reserve adjacent to Bernwood Forest. Two wild flower meadows. Very small car park at SP606111 off the unclassified road from Oakley to Stanton St John. Species include Black and Brown Hairstreak, Marbled White.
D Black Park TQ010835 A Country Park 3 miles northeast of Slough, owned by Bucks County Council. An area of mixed woodland with some restored heath. Open 8am to dusk. Car park by the lake at TQ005832, off Black Park Road. Parking charges apply - see here for rates. Species include Purple Hairstreak, White Admiral, Purple Emperor.
E Blue Lagoon SP868326 A Local Nature Reserve in Bletchley owned by Milton Keynes Council. A reclaimed former brickworks site. Car park at SP871325. Species include Dingy Skipper, Grizzled Skipper, Small Blue.
F Buttler’s Hangings SU818962 A Wildlife Trust reserve 3 miles northwest of central High Wycombe on land owned by the Dashwood Estate. An area of chalk downland with beech woods above. Park at SU818958 on the verge of the unclassified road from West Wycombe to Saunderton (Slough Lane). Species include Silver-spotted Skipper, Chalk Hill Blue, Dark Green Fritillary.
G Chinkwell Wood SP666143 A private mixed woodland site 8 miles southeast of Bicester owned by Forest Enterprise, with a set-aside meadow on its southern side. ACCESS ONLY ALONG PUBLIC FOOTPATHS. Park in Brill village and use the footpath network. Species include Black, Brown, Purple & White-letter Hairstreak, White Admiral, Purple Emperor.
H College Lake SP932144 A Wildlife Trust reserve 2 miles north of Tring. A reclaimed chalk quarry. Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am-5pm (there is a small entry charge and a visitor permit is required, obtained from the Warden’s Office on site). Car park at SP935138 off the B488 between Tring and Ivinghoe. Species include Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Chalk Hill Blue, Small Blue.
I College Wood SP790330 A Woodland Trust reserve 8 miles east of Buckingham. An area of established mixed woodland with a young copse by its entrance. Small car park at SP787327 off the unclassified road between Nash and Little Horwood. Species include White Admiral.
J Dancersend SP900095 A Wildlife Trust reserve 5 miles southeast of Aylesbury. Two separate areas, comprising chalk downland to the northwest and mixed woodland with small meadows to the southeast. Park on verge adjacent to various entry points or, for the southern end of the reserve, park in the waterworks yard at SP 904089. Species include Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak.
K Finemere Wood SP717219 A Wildlife Trust reserve 8 miles northwest of Aylesbury. An area of mixed woodland. No car park (use verge at SP721209 on unclassified road between Quainton and Edgcott; entrance to wood is ¾ mile along public footpath from that point). Species include Grizzled Skipper, Black, White-letter and Purple Hairstreak, White Admiral, Purple Emperor.
L Grangelands SP828048 A Bucks County Council reserve 1½ miles northeast of Princes Risborough, on the west side of Pulpit Hill (National Trust). An area of chalk downland and scrub with beech woods above. Car park at SP833046 on unclassified road above Lower Cadsden. Species include Dingy, Grizzled and Silver-spotted Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Chalkhill Blue, Small Blue.
M Holtspur Valley Reserves SU919905 & SU916906 Two adjacent Local Nature Reserves 1½ miles west of central Beaconsfield on land owned by Beaconsfield Town Council. Both are small areas of chalk grassland with some deciduous woodland. No car park at either location. Access to Holtspur Bank Local Nature Reserve at SU919906 (Riding Lane) and access to Holtspur Bottom Butterfly Reserve at SU918906 (on public footpath that leaves Riding Lane by the railway bridge). Limited parking in Riding Lane which is very narrow. Room for several cars in the railway tunnel if reserve entrances are locked. Holtspur Bottom is leased to Butterfly Conservation and managed by the Upper Thames Branch (see http://www.holtspurbottom.info/). Species include Dingy Skipper, Grizzled Skipper, Small Blue, Chalk Hill Blue, Purple Hairstreak.
N Homefield Wood SU813868 A small reserve 2 miles west of Marlow owned by Forest Enterprise but managed by the Wildlife Trust. An area of young woodland with some grassland, part of a much larger Forest Enterprise woodland complex. Parking is available in the lay-by at SU814866 on the unclassified road between Bockmer End and Lower Woodend. Species include Dingy Skipper, Grizzled Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak, Silver-washed Fritillary, White Admiral.
P Howe Park Wood SP834344 A Local Nature Reserve at Tattenhoe on land owned by Milton Keynes Council. An area of mixed woodland on the southwestern edge of Milton Keynes. Car park at SP830345. Species include Grizzled Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak.
Q Ivinghoe Beacon SP961168 A National Trust reserve 3 miles northeast of Tring. A large area of chalk downland. Car park at SP963160 on unclassified road (Beacon Road) between Ivinghoe Aston and Little Gaddesden. Species include Dingy Skipper, Grizzled Skipper, Chalk Hill Blue, Green Hairstreak, Duke of Burgundy, Dark Green Fritillary.
R Little Linford Wood SP831455 A Wildlife Trust reserve 4½ miles north of central Milton Keynes. An area of mixed woodland. Car park at SP834456, accessed at SP850458 from the unclassified road between Gayhurst and Little Linford (follow track for just over a mile, passing under the M1 and past Dairy Farm, to reach the wood). Species include Purple Hairstreak, White Admiral.
S Prestwood LNR SU866991 A Local Nature Reserve 3 miles north of High Wycombe on land owned by Wycombe District Council. A small area of chalk grassland and scrub. Car park at site, accessed from unclassified road (Hampden Road) between Hughenden and Prestwood. Species include Dingy Skipper, Grizzled Skipper, Chalk Hill Blue.
T Rushbeds Wood & Lapland Farm Meadows SP668156 A Wildlife Trust reserve 7 miles southeast of Bicester. An area of mixed woodland with wildflower meadows along its southern edge and to the north. Parking at SP674154 for Rushbeds (southeastern corner of wood, gated track across railway bridge to car park - please close the gate behind you) or on the verge by the road junction at SP670163 for the Lapland Farm meadows (walk along the private road leading to Bernwode Plants). Species include Black, Brown & Purple Hairstreak, White Admiral, Purple Emperor, Marbled White.
U Wendover Woods SP890085 A large Forest Enterprise woodland complex east of Wendover. The main car park is at SP891101 (on unclassified road near top of Aston Hill), but for the Wendover Woods buddleia bush, park on the verge at SP889075 (Hale Lane) and follow the track up the hill from there.
V Whitecross Green Wood SP602146 A Wildlife Trust reserve straddling the Bucks/Oxon boundary 5 miles south of Bicester. An area of mixed woodland with some wide rides. Parking at SP600150 (gated track to car park). Species include Grizzled Skipper, Black, Brown and Purple Hairstreak, White Admiral, Purple Emperor.
W Yoesden Bank SU789980 A private site with permitted public access at Radnage, 3 miles northwest of West Wycombe. An area of chalk downland. Park by Radnage church and follow footpath through churchyard to site. Alternatively, park in Bledlow Ridge at SU794980 and follow the footpath. Species include Grizzled Skipper, Adonis Blue, Chalk Hill Blue, Small Blue.