Stanley & Morley - Hyacinthoides
w/e 06 May 2018
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Commoners Lott

We went to the woods this week to see some hyacinthoides - that's bluebells to you and me - and started at Commoners Lott in Stanley Common.

The green open space at the moment is awash with a host of golden, no not daffodils, but dandelions.

Although in the parish of Stanley and Stanley Common, the area is also known as Smalley Common but the actual parish of Smalley is a few hundred yards away. The wood on the far side of Commoners Lott is also across the parish boundary but is in the Morley parish.
Stanley Brook

This is Morleyhayes Wood and although privately owned access can be gained to it down some rough steps and crossing a small water course, Stanley Brook.
Soft Ground

There are several winding paths through the wood and the soft ground following the recent wet weather showed numerous footprints indicating the passage of many local people.

And when you see the millions of bluebells it is easy to understand why the wood is so popular.

Clearings in the wood show plenty of new growth as the season warms up but bluebells are never very far away.
In Morleyhayes Wood

Walking further into the wood, the spring flowers become ever more abundant.
Ground Cover

There are three specie of bluebell, the native British (Hyacinthoides non-scripta), the Spanish bluebell (Hyacinthoides hispanica) which was introduced as a garden variety but has since spread and cross bred to form a hybrid species (Hyacinthoides x massartiana). In woods all over the country in spring they cover the ground like a sea of blue and green.
Native Bluebells

Often it is not easy to distinguish between the species but a rule of thumb is that if the flowers are all on one side and droop from the stem, it is British and if the stem is upright with flowers all around it is Spanish but they also sometimes droop. To learn more about the differences see the Woodland Trust's website.

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