Holtspur Bottom, Buckinghamshire

Holtspur Bottom, Buckinghamshire

Species to look out for

This chalk grassland, recreated after arable cultivation, has successfully become home to uncommon butterflies and moths


This valley-bottom chalk grassland was almost entirely lost to arable cultivation.

The re-sown sward is becoming a flowery haven for insects and birds again, and has been colonised by Small Blue and other key species.

Area: 4.5 hectares

Visitor Information

To find out about the butterflies you can see at different times of year, walking routes around the reserve and other useful information please visit the Upper Thames Branch Holtspur Bottom reserve page.

Notable nearby sites

The Holtspur Valley North Local Nature Reserve lies close-by- a footpath connects the two. Directions

The reserve entrance lies down Riding Lane, which leads off Holtspur Top Lane on the west side of Beaconsfield. Parking on the lane side is limited.

Map Reference: SU917905 O.S. Map: 175

Site Access and safety

The reserve is easily accessible from Riding Lane - the ground is mostly level and largely firm except along the initial section from the entrance gate which runs under trees.


Frank Banyard - Tel: 01494 672 310