On the 28th April 2019, members of the Society met in the woods to conduct a Bluebell survey. The aims of the survey were:
- To identify the areas of the woods where the Bluebells were growing.
- To identify and remove any Spanish Bluebells, in order to protect the native Bluebells from hybridisation.
The survey was completed in a couple of hours and the results were marked on a 25m grid map below. The lightly shaded areas indicate low Bluebell coverage, generally isolated clumps, not covering the majority of a grid square. The block coloured squares indicate high coverage areas.
The vast majority of the Bluebells identified were of the English variety, in fact we only removed one plant that may have been a Spanish Bluebell. It was also noted that the Bluebells seem to be most successful in areas that were protected from the the Forestry Commission ploughing that took place in the 1950’s.