We are the Local Environment Group for the area around Prestwood in Buckinghamshire, including Great Missenden,
The Hampdens, The Kingshills, North Dean and Speen

Our Aims

We aim to protect and enhance the quality of the natural environment through the involvement of local people.

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Protecting Our Environment Registered charity No. 1114685

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Prestwood Nature The Local Environment Group for the Prestwood Area

Pamphilius inanitus (sawfly) whose larvae feed on dog rose and over-winter in the soilThe UK Biodiversity Action Plan species Red-shanked Bumble-bee has been recorded at several sites in the area.  A very recent addition to the list of bumble bees is the Tree Bumble-bee that has recently colonised much of the south of England from Europe.  This was first recorded in our area in 2008.

One Notable A species and three Notable B species of solitary bee, and one Notable B solitary wasp have been recorded in the area, although the group is under-studied locally.  Among the social wasps, the Hornet has recently extended its range into our area and become quite common, and in 1991 the first Median Wasp, an immigrant from Europe, was recorded.  This wasp has now spread quite widely in England.  It is intermediate in size between our common wasps and the hornet.

The Brown Tree Ant is a Notable A species recorded in old parkland and orchards in the area.  Gall-wasps cause some of our most noticeable galls, particularly on oak trees.  The most recent addition to our list, the Knopper Gall, which invaded this country in the 1960s, was first recorded in our area in 1996 and is now common in some years.

A striking recent discovery in Prestwood in 2009 was a Lesser Horntail, a type of sawfly that has a long stout ovipositor for laying eggs well inside pine trees. Its dark blue body is shown off by bright orange legs.

173 different species (of which 76 are sawflies) have been recorded in our area in recent times.

Hymenoptera - bees, wasps, ants, sawflies and ichneumons