April is the month when our deciduous woodland starts to really get green and leafy. The spring flowers burst forth in an eruption of colour before the woodland canopy blocks their sunlight. The woods are alive with the singing of birds and the buzzing of insects. The most obvious sign that you are in an ancient woodland in April is the carpet of blue bluebells, their drooping blooms nodding in the breeze. The English bluebells are unlike the Spanish or hybrid versions many of us have in our gardens. The English bluebell has all of its blooms on one side of the flower stem, causing the distinctive droop, the flowers are of a deeper blue and the pollen is creamy-white. The first image on the left is an English bluebell, whereas the image on the right is a Spanish bluebell.
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