Posted on 1st April 2014
Our woodlands burst into life in April after a long winter when they have been ‘quiet’. Much depends upon the weather but, all being well, the sun will shine and the birds will sing, the resident numbers swelled by the arrival of summer migrants.
Late April is normally the best time to see carpets of spring flowers such as Bluebell, Red Campion, Early Purple-orchid, Greater Stitchwort and Wood Forget-me-not. The Trust is fortunate to have some very special ancient woodlands, which you can visit and enjoy. A photograph looks terrific, but the experience of being amongst them is something else. The photograph cannot convey the scent of the flowers, the feel of the air on the face, the soft ground beneath the feet or the song of the birds all around.
Cloud Wood*, Prior’s Coppice, Launde Big Wood, Launde Park Wood, Poultney Wood (part of Ulverscroft), Burrow Wood (part of Charley Woods) and Great Merrible Wood are all wonderful places to enjoy nature in the spring. Check the nature reserves section of this website for further details.
*Permits for non members can be obtained by contacting the Trust office.
Species of the month: Bluebell Hyacinthoides non-scripta
The bluebell is particularly associated with ancient woodland where it may produce carpets of nodding, one-sided and sweet-scented violet–blue flowers that will dominate the understorey.
Photograph: Bluebells at the Trust's Great Merrible Wood Nature Reserve (Karen Lowiss/LRWT)