SP8901 : Information Board at Boug's Meadow, Great Missenden

taken 2 years ago, near to Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, Great Britain

Information Board at Boug's Meadow, Great Missenden
Information Board at Boug's Meadow, Great Missenden
This information board, erected by Prestwood Nature, is located in Boug's Meadow adjacent to the Link Road car park. It has the following wording:

Boug's Meadow
A quiet place to reflect and enjoy nature

Far left hand column
SPRING
Cowslip, Brimstone butterfly, Yellowhammer, Wood violets
SUMMER
Meadow Cranesbill, Marbled White butterfly, Common blue butterfly, Long-tailed
Tit
AUTUMN
Hedgerow fruits, Comma butterfly, Blackcap, Fox
WINTER
Winterbourne river flow, Snowdrops, Teasel heads, Goldfinch

Left side
Welcome
Centuries ago, the meadow before you was part of the River Misbourne flood
plain and covered with marsh plants. In 1086, Missedene "the valley where water
plants grow" was recorded in the Domesday Book. As years passed, the fertile
alluvial soils between Mobwell and Missenden Abbey were ideal pasture land,
including for the Boug's family cows in the 19th century.
In the early 21st century, the meadow had become neglected and a wasteland with
poor biodiversity. In 2005, the landowner, Chiltern District Council invited
Prestwood Nature to manage the meadow for the benefit of the environment and
the public. Today it is an amenity for all.

Wander through the Copse...
Look out for norway maple, wild service tree, elm among other trees and shrubs
providing nesting sites for birds, fruit for many creatures, and shelter for
plants like primroses, bluebells, foxgloves and red campion. Log piles provide
homes for insects and small mammals. An occasional harmless grass snake visits
the compost areas and hedgehogs explore the leaf litter.
At the eastern edge are the remains of a medieval "waggon road" to Missenden
Abbey.
Images to the right are of Wood violets, Long-tailed tit, Fox, Yellowhammer,
Blackcap and Red Campion.

Please help us...
to protect this natural community space by respecting the marked paths and
keeping dogs on leads at all times. Horses and cycles are not permitted. Please
take litter and dog mess away with you. Thank you for protecting this
environment.

Right side
Enjoy the Wildflower Meadow
Many wild flowers and grasses, once common in unimproved flower-rich lowland
river meadows can be seen in summer. Flowers, such as knapweed, scabious and
bird's foot trefoil attract butterflies and moths and other pollinators. At the
far end, teasels, thistles and hedgerow shrubs entice bumblebees in summer and
provide seed and fruit for birds and animals in autumn.
Images to the right are of Long-headed Poppy, Meadow in flower, Brimstone,
Black and Yellow Longhorn Beetle, Meadow Cranesbill and Marbled White on Ox-eye
Daisy.

The River Misbourne
Chalk streams, of which the River Misbourne is one, are globally rare and a
particular feature of the Chilterns. Such streams rely on the level of
groundwater held in the underlying chalk aquifer. This part of the river only
tens to flow after winter rains fill the aquifer, hence the name
"winterbourne".
In the past, the monks of Missenden Abbey and later farmers managed the river
to provide water for fish ponds and agricultural use.
In Boug's Meadow we are preserving the stream bed for the future. While the
marshes noted in the Domesday Book are unlikely to return any time soon, we
hope the stream will flow more often and remain an important corridor for
wildlife such as common frogs and great crested newts.
Images to the right are of The winterbourne stream, Snowdrops, Great Crested
Newt, Frog and Alder Catkins.

Images round the edge of the information board in a clockwise direction are of
Hazel, Common Hawthorn, Emperor Dragonfly, Wild Service Tree, Common Knapweed,
Common Blue, Cowslip, Grass Snake, Goldfinch on Teasel and Comma.

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Date Taken
Friday, 21 June, 2019   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 31 July, 2019
Geographical Context
Village, Rural settlement 
Place (from Tags)
Great Missenden 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 8947 0151 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:42.3124N 0:42.3980W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 8945 0152
View Direction
Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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