Welcome to Hawridge and Cholesbury Commons

42 hectares of common land

designated as a county wildlife site

Hawridge and Cholesbury Commons comprises 42 hectares of privately owned common land, consisting of about 25% grass and bracken with woodland forming the remainder. The owner, Christine Stott  and the local Preservation Society (HCCPS) manage the Commons which are designated as a County Wildlife Site.

Hilltop Commons Conservation Group run regular volunteer days as part of their conservation work on the commons. Work can be varied and has included scrub clearance and pond restoration. Tools, hot refreshments and delicious cakes are provided and it's a wonderful way to make new friends whilst enjoying the great outdoors.

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Moth trapping /Release. Moth Trapping and Release: David Dennis and Peter Bygate trapped moths on Friday 7th June and released their catch on Saturday morning opposite the Full Moon.


Species Surveys:  See the latest updates on all of our ongoing surveys on HCCPS Latest News page.




Wheeled Strimmer: We have been fortunate to be able to purchase a wheeled strimmer to mow small paths thanks to a generous grant from Bucks Coutny Council, which Councillor Chris Brown obtained on our behalf. This is a really useful tool which is quite easy to use since it enables us to cut areas to allow access whilst letting the surrounding grassland grow until the flowers there have set seed. We would be happy to have more volunteers so, if this is something you could help with, please get in touch lindsaygriffin@yahoo.co.uk.


Village Picnic:  Our annual picnic was held on Sunday 23rd June at the Cricket Club. Thank you to all those involved especially our favourite band BURP.


Do you enjoy walking or riding on the Commons? Have you ever thought about coming to help keep the paths and grassland clear? We need you to play your part in maintaining our lovely environment. Everyone is welcome, adults and children alike. Refreshments are provided. The winter Conservation Group sessions have started. Each session is from 9.30 – 12.30pm. However, you can come for as long as you like. 

Owl update 2019: Bucks Owl and Raptor Group volunteers, Lynne Lambert and her colleague, Karen have ringed two Tawny Owl chicks on Hawridge Common and have found a Barn Owl chick and 5 eggs on Christine’s farm.


If you are interested in New Zealand Pygmy Weed do read about exciting new developments here!


Watch our short film about 50 years on the Commons.


Visit our Latest News page to find out more about HCCPS and what's happening on the Commons.

Visit our Conservation Projects for further information and if you would like to join our friendly group please contact: volunteer@hawridgeandcholesburycommons.org.

Take a look at our Veteran Trees recently recorded and tagged and saved for all to enjoy.

Download our FREE leaflet for information about the local flora, fauna and history, our contact details and directions to the Commons.

Take a look at the Jubilee Walks which offer a variety of interesting walks on and around the Commons and read our latest Newsletter, or Subscribe and get the latest events and news straight to your inbox.

Read the incredibly informative 'Local Heritage Study'  Hawridge and Cholesbury Commons' by Lindsay Griffin.

Committee members records since 1967.

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