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10 January 2023

Flaxley Woods

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Although the weather forecast was vicious with heavy rain and wind we were in a sheltered part of Flaxley Woods and well covered in our waterproofs!

We continued to clear the cut wood from the forest floor to allow an open area for wild flowers to grow.

Some of the piles of cut wood had been there for a while so we left them in case the forest creatures had been using them as habitats..

This shows the height of the brush fencing we built by clearing the foreground.

The brush hedging will provide further animal and invertebrate habitat. We also left gaps along the hedging to allow the deer to traverse.

Our first sign of Spring! A baby Bluebell starting to grow!

Bluebells are protected by law

In the United Kingdom, the British Bluebell is a protected species under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. It is a criminal offence to uproot the wild common bluebell from land on which it naturally grows.

Bluebells grow best in ancient woodland

The presence of bluebells helps identify ancient woodland that has existed continuously since the middle ages.

Bluebells reach their greatest densities in the British Isles

Often dominating the forest floor with a violet-blue carpet, they flower and leaf early in Spring and do most of their growing before the woodland canopy closes over.