||Aston Clinton Ragpits
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||Howe Park Wood
||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.
||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.
||Little Linford Wood
||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.
||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.
||Rushbeds Wood & Lapland Farm Meadows
||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.
||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.
||Whitecross Green Wood
||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.
||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.