Yoesden is a beautiful sunny grassland bank and wood in the tranquil Radnage Valley near High Wycombe. It contains some rare and precious chalk grassland, undamaged by ploughs or fertilisers and managed for years to encourage the chalk flowers and associated butterflies that thrive there. In 2014 Yoesden was bought by the Berks Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust who are continuing to manage the chalk bank and wood and encouraging the public to come and appreciate this Chilterns’ gem.
In summer the grassland is full of common and spotted orchids, bird’s foot trefoil, kidney vetch, Devil’s-bit scabious and later on Chiltern gentians. rare butterflies can be found including the Adonis Blue, Chalkhill Blue and Small Blue.
The mature beech woodland has some important ground flora including wild garlic, primroses, birds nest orchid and wood anemone.
The best time to visit is June – September. There is no car park. The reserve can be accessed by footpaths from Bledlow Ridge or next to Radnage church.
For full information visit the reserve page on BBOWT’s website.