Perhaps setting a new record, the first English bluebell (Hyacinthodies non-scripta) flower was recorded in the Woods on 7th April. It was observed to be early and actually overlapped the flowering time of the wood anemones (Anemone nemorosa), which is unusual. The rest of these images are from a walk undertaken by FEW chair Marilyn Small on 4th April.
Bridle way leading from Limb Lane
Soft shield fern, uncommon in the woods; the very common broad buckler fern and common polypody that prefers growing in walls and on rocks.
Fenced area around “geology & mining” information board
This area has high concentrations of both wood anemone and lesser celandine, a testament to the effectiveness of using fencing for wildflower conservation.
Fenced area between Whirlow Park Road back gardens and the bird sanctuary
This area was bare except for sawdust when first enclosed. Now lesser celandine is gradually creeping in.
Footpath from Abbey Lane and Whirlowdale Road junction
Monkshood, aka wolfsbane, growing close to the garden fence and surrounded by brambles. It is a native but not usually found in the woods. Be careful: monkshood is both poisonous and a skin irritant.