Seven Ways Plain
As well as being an outstanding site for nature conservation and recreation, Burnham Beeches is steeped in history; one tangible, although less obvious element of this rich history is Seven Ways Plain, the remains of an Iron Age hillfort at the southern end of Lord Mayors drive.
In recent years the Rangers team and volunteers have cleared some of the scrub and young trees, making the ditches and banks far more visible and reducing the risk of further damage. By using our cattle and ponies to graze the area we can prevent regrowth and keep the area open.
With physical management and legal protection in place, the next step is to improve our understanding of the monument and increase awareness of it in our local community.
Until now these features have not been studied in-depth, despite many being sited in areas with lots of visitors. However, LiDAR data will not only help us to understand the subtle aspects of the remaining earthworks, but also help to locate other archaeological features within the whole of Burnham Beeches, which will help us to better understand the ancient landscape around the hillfort.