12 Apr 2013 09:53
Where are the bluebells? Time lapse photo illustrates disappearance...
Photos taken by volunteer photographer Judith Parry at the Woodland Trust's Heartwood Forest near St Albans in Hertfordshire yesterday highlight the lateness of bluebells' arrival this year.
The photos were taken on 11 April 2012 and again on the same date at the same locations in the wood this year. The charity had received over 1,000 records of bluebells across the UK this time last year whereas this year it has received only a handful.
Louise Neicho, Heartwood Forest Site Manager, said: "Last year by this time we had vivid carpets of bluebells in the ancient woodland we look after on site, this year there is not even a hint of purple as yet. The bluebells are clearly lagging behind, they could be as much as two or three weeks late. It will be interesting to see if this weekend's warmer temperatures have any effect."
Heartwood Forest is the charity's largest in England at over 850 acres, since acquiring the site in 2008 it has been planted with nearly 400,000 trees, every single one by a volunteer. The site contains several pockets of ancient woodland which are home to bluebells and the charity is creating new woodland around, providing new wildlife habitats and linking the existing pockets of ancient woodland together.
The public can find their nearest bluebell hotspot on the Trust's VisitWoods website, which contains information on over 1,300 woods across the country. Find out more at VisitWoods.org.uk/bluebells
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The Woodland Trust is the UK’s leading charity championing native woods and trees. It has over 400,000 supporters. The Trust has three key aims: i) to plant native trees and woods with the aim of creating resilient landscapes for people and wildlife ii) to protect ancient woodland which is rare, unique and irreplaceable iii) restoration of damaged ancient woodland, allowing native flora and fauna to return. Established in 1972, the Woodland Trust now has over 1,000 woods in its care covering approximately 20,000 hectares (50,000 acres). Access to its woods is free.<br /><br />The Woodland Trust is a charity registered in England (No 294344). A non-profit making company limited by guarantee. Registered in England No 1982873. Registered Office: Kempton Way, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 6LL. The Woodland Trust logo is a registered trademark.