Sunday, May 07, 2006

Bluebell time

The areas of Brede High Woods that were coppiced two years or so ago have now just about reached their best so far as bluebells are concerned. This is a good example of chestnut coppice with standard oaks, a traditional pattern of woodland management that favoured a great variety of wildlife. Many English woods like this are now relatively dull conifer plantations.

As well as their extrordinary depth of colour bluebells cast a wonderful hyacinth-like perfume on the air.

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