Saturday, 1 June 2013

Bluebell Woods

Yesterday, I went to meet my parents for lunch at Clumber Park. The bluebells were out. It's difficult to capture their true glory with just my camera phone, but here's a picture I took:

English bluebells are an endangered species now. Reductions in ancient woodland is reducing their numbers, since they usually grow best in the shade of a woodland canopy, plus there are other, non-native species that are replacing or interbreeding with the native British version. These ones were definitely native bluebells, in an ancient woodland area which is part of Sherwood Forest. They are beautiful flowers, with a typical droopiness. Read more about them here. I was careful not to tread on any, and took these pictures from the edge of the bluebell carpet.

Clumber Park is operated by the National Trust, a UK environmental charity that protects historic houses, gardens, mills, coastline, forests, woods, fens, beaches, farmland, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, nature reserves, villages and pubs, and opens them up for public access.

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