Burnham Beeches and Stoke Common
Burnham Beeches and Stoke Common are owned and managed by the City of London, and are funded almost exclusively through the City’s private funds.
Despite its relatively small size of 220 hectares (540 acres), Burnham Beeches is classified as Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a National Nature Reserve (NNR). It is also designated as an internationally important Special Area of Conservation (SAC). SACs are strictly protected sites designated under the EC Habitats Directive.
Stoke Common covers an area of 80 hectares and lies between the villages of Stoke Poges and Fulmer. Stoke Common contains the largest remnant of Buckinghamshire’s once extensive heathland, and is also designated as a SSSI. Its ownership was transferred to the City of London on 31st October 2007
Burnham Beeches and Stoke Common combine the roles of scenic open space, important wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities. The reserves are managed by 12 full time and part time staff including Rangers, a Litter Picker, Conservation Officer, Support Services and a Superintendant, along with a large support network of volunteers.