Chiltern Rangers

Inspiring and Enriching Communities

Chiltern Rangers

Enhancing Local Environments

Chiltern Rangers

Inspiring and Enriching Communities

Chiltern Rangers

Enhancing Local Environments

Gomm’s Wood LNR

In partnership with Natural England Gomm’s Wood was declared as a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) in January 2010 in recognition of its inherent value to local people for recreation and amenity purposes and for biodiversity.

It was designated a Local Wildlife Site (LWS) by Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Biodiversity Partnership (BMKBP) in 2008 where it was recognised for its value for biodiversity, particularly woodland (including ancient woodland) and chalk grassland and the wildlife these habitats support.

LWS’s are designated to identify the most valuable sites at a county and local level to encourage management that will protect and enhance their wildlife interest.

This 30 acre site is a haven for wildlife in a mainly urban setting, even though it is the little brother to neighbouring Kings Wood (186 acres) which is owned and managed by Chepping Wycombe Parish Council.

The site has a range of habitats including chalk grassland and mature broad leaved woodland which are of national importance.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Gomm’s Wood LNR is in the summer and the chalk grassland is at its best, in full flower and buzzing with insect life.

Wildlife in the area

If you look carefully, reptiles such as the common lizard and slow-worm can be seen soaking up the heat of the sun. The wood is also home to summer migrants such as chiffchaff, willow warblers and the blackcap from sub-Saharan Africa. The woodland is home to many birds including the bullfinch, song thrush and chaffinch which can be seen and heard all year. Red kite and buzzard can often be seen circling over the surrounding Micklefield valley.

To learn more about this fantastic reserve download the leaflets below and get out into it.

Gomm leaflet outside

Gomm leaflet outside cover

 Gomm leaflet inside

Gomm Interpretation panel

Conservation Partner

dun and bradstreet logoDun & Bradstreet, a business solutions company, based in Marlow, have been involved in practical conservation work here for the past four years.

In recognition of their valued contribution to this site through their progressive Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme, we are delighted to call them our Conservation Partners at this Local Nature Reserve.