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Holtspur Bottom Butterfly Reserve


Holtspur Bottom Butterfly Reserve welcome boardHoltspur Bottom Butterfly Reserve is on the south facing hillside at the end of the Holtspur Valley, opposite the Holtspur Bank Local Nature Reserve.

It covers around 4.5 hectares (about 11 acres), is owned by Beaconsfield Town Council, and has been managed by the Upper Thames Branch of Butterfly Conservation since 1998.

It is one of the few reserves in Britain managed specially for butterflies and moths.

It is mostly chalk grassland, with smaller areas of rough grassland and hedgerows. Each of these habitats is managed to make them attractive to different moths and butterflies.

The whole reserve can be visited on foot, and there are notice boards around the site to help identify the species you see.

pdf iconYou can download a leaflet for the reserve here.

Holtspur Bottom and the nearby Holtspur Bank Local Nature Reserve (LNR) are supported by a Higher Level Stewardship Agreement with Natural England. The LNR is also owned by Beaconsfield Town Council and managed by their volunteers.

If you would like to help us care for this reserve, why not see how you could help us?



Holtspur Valley events udated September 2016

That's Oxford TV interview about Dark Mullein now on YouTube November 2015

Painting by Jennifer Pearson added October 2015

Paintings by Janette Petts inspured by Holtspur Bottom added June 2015

Read about our Dark Mullein / Striped Lychnis project added February 2015

List of moths recorded at Holtspur Bottom updated November 2014

List of plants recorded on the reserve updated September 2014

Watercolour of Chalkhill Blue by Brian Jessop added August 2014

Time lapse photos of reserve added August 2014

Holtspur School children's art work

What you might see if you visit during

March and April
May and June
July and August
September to February






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