Site Howe Wood (GB_FS_20)
Origin, Collecting and Evaluation site
51.619 — 51°37'9 N
-0.986 — 0°59'9 W
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland > Northern Europe > Europe
4 (micro-topography 1)
Under management by The National Trust (conservation of historic sites) since 1946, originally a medieval royal park. The wider Watlington Hill site, including Howe wood, supports a mosaic of chalk downland, chalk scrub, mixed broadleaved and yew woodland habitats, with areas of leached and more acid grassland and scrub on the upper slopes. The site supports some of the most floristically diverse grassland in the Chilterns and is also notable for its lower plant flora and butterfly populations, with twenty species recorded. Accessed from minor road south from Christmas Common to B480, parking possible at house on Howe Wood side of the road between Lower Greenfield Farm and Greenfield. Permission to work must be requested from The National Trust.
Historical timber extraction, ongoing management
Target species: Fagus sylvatica. Most common tree species: Fagus sylvatica. Other tree species: Yes: Fraxinus excelsior, Ilex aquifolium, & others.
Age distribution: uneven. Stand structure: multiple layer.