Bernwood Butterfly Trail - Aylesbury

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ADDRESS: Bernwood Butterfly Trail
South East England Forest District
Upper Icknield Way, Aston Clinton
TELEPHONE: 01296 625825
Bernwood Butterfly Trail - Aylesbury

The whole of Bernwood Forest was designated a Forest Nature Reserve in 1981. This wood is famous for its butterfly populations and has been designated a SSSI by Natural England.

Follow the yellow waymarked path for an hour and a half walk around the forest to discover the variety of habitats to be found. Butterflies to watch out for include the White Admiral, Purple Emperor, Skippers, Marbled White and rare Black Hairstreak.

For the more adventurous, extensive forest paths lead walkers through vast areas of mixed coniferous and broadleaf woodland. Path side vegetation management has provided the favoured habitats for butterflies and other flora and fauna. The main conservation efforts are to encourage butterfly food plants such as blackthorn and violets. In the past, vast areas were cleared to allow regeneration of these food plants. Such areas need extensive management to hinder succession. Areas that have tree cover, giving dappled shade conditions on the forest floor, have worked better in providing the requirements of the desired food plants. Where dense conifer edges exist, next to rides and intersections, areas will be heavily thinned to create the shade preferred.

Open Times:
The forest is accessible at all times, however there is a 6' 10" height barrier to the car park.

Divided by the county border, Bernwood Forest is split into two forest areas, Waterperry in Oxfordshire and Shabbington in Buckinghamshire. The car park can be found in Shabbington on the minor road from Worminghall to Stanton St. John, Grid Reference SP 613118. For those using SatNav, the nearest farm is postcode HP18 9UR. The wood is approx. 300m further on, heading away from the bridge over the M40.


Forestry Commission,
Chilterns Forest Office,
Upper Icknield Way,
Aston Clinton,
Aylesbury HP22 5NF

Tel: 01296 625825
Fax: 01296 696662

Entrance to the forest is free.
There is a 6' 10" height barrier to the car park.