Ecological and Geological Services
The Council works in partnership with other local authorities to support the conservation and enhancement of the wildlife and natural environment of the local area.
Burnham Beeches, Littleworth Common and Stoke Common are important Sites of special Scientific Interest within the district with areas of woodland and heathland.
Littleworth Common and Stoke Common are both owned by the Council and are managed with advice and funding from Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs and English Nature. The sites have public access and support various important flora and fauna. Local horseriders and walkers frequently visit the site.
Burnham Beeches is owned and managed by the Corporation of London which has it's own specialist staff on site. A Consultation group has recently been set up to look at all aspects of running such an important public site. Grazing takes place and there is a wide variety of landscape to enjoy. The site is widely open to the public at no cost to local people, as it is entirely financed by the Corporation. The Corporation hopes to work with local people and groups on some large conservation activities in the future.
The District Council is working on a new partnership with English Nature, the Environment Agency, the County Council and other District Councils, to look at the conservation and enhancement of sites with special environmental features and biodiversity throughout the County. The partnership will be producing Biodiversity Action Plans for important sites.
The District Council also provides some funding to the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Chilterns Chalk Stream project supporting important landscape features within part of the district.