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.
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: fran-halsall.co.uk