A sea of bloom

This year the bluebells, wild garlic, hawthorn and wood anemone are flowering together at Plymbridge Woods, providing us with a breathtaking array of scent and colour.

 

 

The aromatic properties of bluebells and wild garlic are used by animals such as badgers; they collect the leaves at this time of the year to line their setts. It is thought the greenery deters insects such as mites from infesting their vulnerable young.

Britain holds more than half of the world’s population of bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) and the majority are found in broadleaved woodland or scrub.

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