Wildflower meadow walks around Bucks, Berks and Oxfordshire

You can get involved in the Big Butterfly Count from 20 July to 12 August by visiting our wildflower meadows in Bucks, Berks and Oxfordshire. They're perfect for butterfly spotting.

From the rare chalk grassland landscapes in the Chilterns and at The Holies, near Reading, to the meadow clearings at Maidenhead Thicket, we create the right conditions for wild grasses, flowers and pollinators to thrive. We even create meadows in our gardens, such as the orchard at Sandham Memorial Chapel, to encourage wildlife into our places.

Why not join in the Big Butterfly Count with a butterfly-spotting walk and picnic at one of these beautiful meadows near you.

Bradenham Butterfly Trail

Bradenham Butterfly Trail

This is a short trail that can be walked at any time of the year, but to see butterflies it is at its best on a warm, dry day, without strong winds at any time between April and September. You are most likely to see the greatest variety of species between May and August.

Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire

Ivinghoe Hills butterfly walk

This walk takes in the area where all the butterflies of the Ivinghoe Hills congregate.

Lardon Chase

The meadows and woodlands of Streatley

This is a 3 mile circular walk around the meadows and woodlands that form the backdrop to the village of Streatley on the west side of the Goring Gap in West Berkshire. You will visit one of Britain’s largest areas of rare and endangered chalk grassland as well as some woodland habitats. The walk offers panoramic views towards the Chiltern Hills, the North Wessex Downs and the Oxford Vale, along with glimpses of the River Thames as it passes through the Goring Gap.

Coleshill Park in May, The Buscot and Coleshill Estates Oxfordshire

Coleshill red walk

Coleshill's red walk through park and farmland is a great way to get some gentle exercise. Look out for signs of spring as you walk. Starting at the estate yard, formerly a Victorian model farm, then onto a ‘Capability’ Brown-style 18th century parkland.

Cookham Dean Common

The short Wind in the Willows walk

The shorter of the two Wind in the Willows walks takes in the sights and sounds of Cookham Dean, meandering past the boyhood home of Kenneth Grahame, before venturing through the 'wild wood' at Quarry and Fultness Woods

Couple on Watlington Hill, Oxfordshire, looking west, in September.

Watlington Hill short walk

This is a 1.5 mile walk around the Watlington Hill site, with opportunities to see rare and endangered chalk grassland and woodland habitats. The walk offers spectacular views over Watlington, the Vale of Oxford, and along the Chiltern Escarpment.

Pinkneys Green

Maidenhead Commons trail

Wander across grass meadows of Pinkneys Green, through coppice woodland at Winter Hill Road Woods, to a former brick works, which is now a nature reserve, and through the beautiful mixed woodland of Maidenhead Thicket

The wildflower meadow at Sandham Memorial Chapel

Summer Gardens at Sandham Memorial Chapel

Enjoy the beautiful colour and peaceful tranquility of our gardens this summer.