|Grays Lane Bank|
|Managed by:||Private Owner|
|OS grid reference:||SU 751 928|
|Nearest poscode:||HP14 3XX (closest on route to site)|
|Usual work:||Scrub clearance, hedgelaying|
Grays Lane Bank in the Chilterns is a privately owned nature reserve that contains chalk grassland and woodland habitat with impressive views. It is part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Much of the land around it has been improved but the reserve itself is very good grassland that is home to a variety of rare species of flora, fauna and insects, including a high concentration of orchids of several species. There are also a lot of Chiltern gentian at the site. Red kites roost in the woodland at the site. OCV tasks at Grays Lane Bank have included the removal of invasive hawthorn from the chalk grasslands and laying a hedge to increase biodiversity. The site is grazed by sheep sometimes to keep the scrub down.
Take the M40 South and exit at junction 5. Turn right towards Ibstone. Pass through Ibstone village with the village green on your right, and then take a right down Grays Lane. Grays Lane Bank is at the end of this road. You can only access the site as part of an OCV task and you will need to contact the task leader in advance if you are coming with your own transport.