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Bisham Woods

Bisham Woods are special for many reasons. The woods stand on the top of a steep north-west facing slope which overlooks the River Thames at Marlow and canbe seen for miles around. Bisham Woods are owned by the Woodland Trust and many people enjoy walking in them. Although beech high forest is common across the Chilterns, it is rare in Berkshire and these woods represent a southern outlier of the Chiltern beechwoods.

The woods are also a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to the diversity of the ground flora and the various different types of woodland. The ground flora is one of the richest of any Berkshire woodland site and it includes many uncommon woodland plants such as yellow bird's nest, bird's nest orchid, tutsan and nettle leaved bellflower.

These woods inspired several local artists to enter works in the 2008 Special Woods Art Competition:

Bluebells in Autumn Light I by Margo Starkey

Myxomycete (1) by Martin Woolner

Myxomycete (2) by Martin Woolner

Old Logging Track by Keith Beckett-Hester

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