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Wild garlic (Allium ursinum) grows alongside The Moss, the brook which flows through the wooded landscape of the Moss Valley Nature Reserve in Northeast Derbyshire. Wild garlic is just one of the many ancient woodland indicator species that grow here, however they prefer the permanently damp soils at the water's edge.

Among the Moss Valley wildflowers

Recently I was lucky enough to spend two early mornings in a row at the Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust’s Moss Valley Nature Reserve., which is just over the border into Derbyshire. Within this protected landscape there exists an exquisite range of wildflowers, unrivalled by nearby woodlands. As a mixture of semi-natural and replanted ancient woodland, the site hosts many ancient woodland indicator species including: English bluebell, yellow archangel and wild garlic.

This is a selection of the wildflowers growing in Owler Car Wood in the first weeks of May. For more nature photography visit:

Wild garlic (Allium ursinum) growing in the wet soils alongside The Moss, the brook for which the valley is named.
Red campion (Silene dioica) is a biennial or short-lived herb of woodland glades, old hedgerows and roadside verges.
English bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) caught in the early morning light at the edge of Owler Car Wood.
Yellow archangel (Lamium galeobdolon) is a nettle, one of the non-stinging ones, and most closely resembles white dead nettle.