The Gomm Valley lies between High Wycombe and Beaconsfield. The BOA is connected with the Central Chilterns Chalk Rivers BOA.
Area Coverage: 1582 ha
Local wildlife sites: 12
Lowland Calcareous Grassland: 9 ha
Lowland Beech & Yew Woodland: 16.5 ha
Lowland Heathland: 1.5 ha
Joint Character Area: Chilterns
Landscape Types: Wooded agricultural land on low hills
Geology: Mainly chalk with areas of mudstone around Beacon Hill. Overlain in some areas by clay with flints with sands and gravels in the Wye Valley.
Topography: In the south of the area is the Wye Valley which is a narrow valley with steeply sloping sides. North of this are the three hills of Beacon Hill, Common Wood and Pond Wood (which rise to about 180m). There are 2 dry valleys (very steep sided on the Common wood slopes).
Calcareous Grassland – There are small unconnected calcareous grassland sites on the slopes of the Wye Valley including Gomm Valley SSSI.
Woodland – There are three large areas of wood on the higher ground and small designated woodland sites on the Wye Valley slopes.
Wood Pasture & Parkland – Penn Wood and Common Wood are relict wood pasture
Lowland Meadows – There is one lowland meadow site at Thatchers Field LWS
Hedgerows – The area between Wooburn Manor and Forty Green is mostly pre-18th Century enclosures and so may contain species rich hedgerows
Lowland Calcareous Grassland – Management, Restoration, Creation
Woodland – Management, Restoration
Lowland Meadows – Management, Restoration
Hedgerows – Management, Restoration Wood
Pasture & Parkland – Restoration
Lowland Heathland – Management, Restoration, Creation
Places to visit:
There is a good network of footpaths through the area.
Gomm Valley SSSI, managed by BBOWT
Penn Wood is owned by Woodland Trust, Common Wood by Penn & Tylers Green Residents Association and Kings Wood by Chepping Wycombe PC.