Burnham Beeches is a local beauty spot close to where we live and a good place for a cool evening walk after the heat of the day. Owned by the Corporation of London, it is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), a National Nature Reserve (NNR) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC). Whew, too many acronyms here, but the area does offer some unusual sights due to it's history and managed conservation.
Some of these pictures were taken a couple of months ago when the leaves on the trees (many of them beeches, but a lot of others as well) were young and bright. The rest of the pictures were taken on an evening walk this week. There is always something new to spot, some pathway we've not followed before and we feel very fortunate to have such a wonderful beauty spot within walking distance.
Lonely patch of bluebells - they are not abundant in these woods.
There are many ancient pollarded trees here.
I wonder how many creatures call this enormous tree stump 'home'?
One of the two ponds, currently covered in water plants....
...providing a good hiding place. (Can you spot the duckling?)
The bigger ones were easier to spot.
This sculpure is part of the recently added 'Sensory Trail'.
This is .. hey, wait a minute, I came on this walk to get away from these!!
[At least the last skip was finally collect from my house, but the patio's still not finished:(( ]
But I digress. Back to the "Beeches".
This extraordinary tree looks healthy enough, despite it's stilted trunk!
This little dried up stream is called the Nile. Mmmm. Must be because it borders onto Egypt Woods - I can't think of any other reason.
Of course, its the roots of a fallen tree.
I hope you've enjoyed this tour of one of our frequent and favourite pre/post dinner walking spots.