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Burnham Beeches

The Ballerina Pollard in Autumn

​The Ballerina pollard in early autumn

Burnham Beeches

Burnham Beeches covers 220 hectares (540 acres) and is Located in South Buckinghamshire, around 25 miles from London. Originally for sale as “land suitable for the erection of superior residences”, the Beeches was bought by the City of London Corporation in 1880 to protect it as a public open space and wildlife reserve because of its natural aspect.

There has probably been woodland on the site since the retreat of the last ice age, but today’s landscape was created by people. One of the three Scheduled Ancient Monuments on the reserve shows that the area was inhabited as early as the Iron Age. Today Burnham Beeches is characterised by a diverse mixture of ancient woodland, wood pasture, coppice, ponds and streams, grassland, mire and heathland. The site’s most prominent features are the veteran Beech and Oak pollard trees which provide a stable habitat for many rare and endangered deadwood species. Each year there are around 585,000 visits to the Beeches; people come to walk, cycle, picnic, enjoy nature, walk the dog or enjoy one of our events. Our visitor information page has opening times as well as where you can go and what you can do.

Further information about the history of Burnham Beeches is available in the Historical trail leaflet (1.95MB).

19 April 2012
Last Modified:
23 April 2019