Living Seas

  • An illustrated talk by Leif Bersweden, author of ‘The Orchid Hunter: A young botanist’s search for happiness’ (Short Books, 2017). In the summer after leaving school, Leif Bersweden set out to fulfil a childhood dream – to find every species of orchid native to the British Isles. No one had ever done this before within one growing season. Over just a few months, with the challenge of British weather and a clapped-out car, he chased after each new type of orchid coming into flower. This evening he will share with us his remarkable botanical journey. Leif graduated with a degree in Biology from Oxford and is currently a PhD student at Kew Gardens.

  • Come for a walk with us at College Lake! We will show you where to find some of the exciting creatures and plants that live in our amazing nature reserve. This walk is aimed at families with children aged 5 and up.

  • Join BBOWT, The Parks Trust and the MK Natural History Society for 10 days dedicated to discovering nature.

  • Come with us for a walk around Pitstone Fen to marvel at the beauty of a variety of different orchid species and learn more about these fascinating flowers.

  • Join us for a guided walk around College Lake to see some of the amazing birds that breed here including Lapwing, Redshank and Little Ringed Plover. We will show you where they nest and explain why they are so special to us.

  • Join us at Meadow Farm and enjoy a picnic in our blooming meadows. Bring a blanket and your favourite teddy and have a wild lunch in these beautiful surroundings.

  • A guided walk around this delightful reserve to look at the spectacular orchid display. Thousands of orchids comprising at least 8 species make this one of the most arresting and colourful wildlife events of the year. There will be lots more to see including butterflies, birds, day-flying moths, slow worms, Roman snails and many other chalk grassland flower species

  • An annual count of the thousands of orchids that flower at this small chalk grassland reserve on the Chiltern escarpment. The orchid display is one of the most arresting and colourful wildlife events of the year. There will be lots more to see including butterflies, birds, day-flying moths, slow worms, Roman snails and many other chalk grassland flower species

  • Join us for a lovely walk through Finemere Wood taking in the spring flowers and early butterflies. The walk is 1.5-2 hours along paths which can be a bit muddy. Unfortunately the site is not suitable for those with limited mobility. Sensible footwear and waterproofs are advised! Dogs on leads welcome.

  • Join warden Mick Jones on a field visit to find out how far Spring has got at the largest and oldest BBOWT reserve in Buckinghamshire.