Many of The Friends of Holtspur Bank will have been saddened by the death of Shirley Scrivener.  She died on Wednesday 6th May 2020 after a short illness.

Shirley was heavily involved in getting Holtspur Bank designated as a local nature reserve and it was officially opened in September 1995.  Shirley subsequently founded the Friends of Holtspur Bank and was its Chairman until 2012 and remained a committee member until early in 2020.  She was the Town Council’s Reserve Co-ordinator until 2016 (she always resisted the job title Reserve Warden).  With other Friends she liaised with Beaconsfield Town Council over management of the Reserve. 

Much of what has been achieved at the Reserve is testimony to her keen interest in “all things natural”, her determination to get things done and always being there.  We will miss her experience and wise counsel. 

Her husband, Brian, would like to thank the many Friends who have sent him messages of condolence.  To fulfil one of Shirley’s final wishes, Brian has assisted in the construction of an inscribed, memorial bench which was installed on the Chalk Bank on 15th October 2020 (see photos in the latest Newsletter).

We have been assessing the Covid–19 situation and the need to take sensible steps to protect the health and safety of our members, volunteers and members of the public. 

In the light of the advice of the Government on social distancing, all Friends of Holtspur Bank LNR guided walks around the Reserve are presently on hold for 2021.   

The Nature reserve remains open so that members and visitors can exercise, enjoy the fresh air and find moments of calm whilst following the government’s social distancing guidance.  

Many thanks for your understanding.

Les Davies

Chairman Friends of Holtspur Bank Local Nature Reserve

Reserve Location

The reserve is situated to the west side of Holtspur Top Lane Beaconsfield and can be reached by going down the footpath B33 opposite Cherry Tree Road or by going along Riding Lane to the five barred gate on the left just before the right hand bend.
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Holtspur Bank is an area of chalk grassland and ancient woodland which was designated as a Local Nature Reserve in 1995.

The Reserve is owned by Beaconsfield Town Council, as is the other side of the valley which is leased to and managed by Butterfly Conservation. It can be accessed at all times, though it is best if people keep to the paths and keep dogs under control.

We are very fortunate to have such a beautiful area on our doorstep as so much of this sort of countryside has been lost in the last fifty years. The reserve lies on the north eastern slope of the Beaconsfield gravel plateau and consists of chalk grassland at the eastern end and woodland to the west. The two habitats are separated by an ancient woodland boundary bank.

In the woodland called ‘Cut Throat Wood’ the trees at the top of the slope on the gravelly soil are mainly oak with honeysuckle and bramble beneath. Old coppiced hazels and whitebeam grow on the chalk lower slopes and many interesting members of the orchid family can be found among the trees during the spring and summer. 

You can download a copy of the Nature Reserve leaflet here

If you want further information about the Nature Reserve, please email us your query here .  We normally respond to emails within one week.

The Nature reserve is managed by the town council with support from our group 'The Friends of Holtspur Bank (LNR)' (Local Nature Reserve).

The Friends Group carry out conservation work such as path and scrub clearance, hazel coppicing, and raise funds for various projects on the reserve. They also organise walks during the Spring, Summer and Autumn, which are lead by qualified guides. The Friends produce a regular newsletter giving details of their activities and future events, the latest of which can be seen hereThe Council hire contractors for necessary major work.

'The Friends of Holtspur Bank'

This local group consists of people of all ages who have a strong interest in conservation. Membership costs just £5 per year for the whole household. If you feel you cannot volunteer for work parties, don't be put off from joining as many of our members support us by their subscription alone and, for various reasons, don't get involved in any of the work on the Reserve.

To join, either email Pauline Knapp our Membership Secretary or call her on 07956 277674 and request an application form.  If you email Pauline, she will normally respond within a week.



Please check the Events page on this website for details of upcoming Work Parties and guided walks in 2020

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