A short walk among the English bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) along the winding paths of Ecclesall Woods, Sheffield. Experience the sights and sounds of South Yorkshire’s largest ancient woodland in the full swing of spring. With approximately 50% of the world’s population, Britain is the best place to see such extensive colonies of bluebells and this natural phenomenon lasts for just a month.
English bluebells are one of the most easily recognised ancient woodland indicator species. Where they exist in great numbers it is most likely that the woodland dates back at least 400 years. The bluebells themselves are never this old, however the bulbs lay dormant in the soil for many decades, waiting for enough light and an opportunity to flower. Their slow spread and dislike of being disturbed is what makes them a reliable indicator species.