This reserve nestles within two sheltered valleys deep in the Chilterns. This Chilterns reserve contains large areas of the chalk grassland habitat, typical of these hills. They are home to a variety of orchids, as well as the delicate local speciality, the Chiltern gentian.
Most of its original woodlands were felled during the Second World War, but in the 1950s, two large woods were replanted with mixed woodland including beech, ash, cherry and oak. Today, the delicate fly orchid flowers here.
Dancersend was once owned by the Rothschild family, and has been a nature reserve since the 1940s.