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Once again the bulldozers and chain saws have entered Prehen Woods this week (February 2012) to destroy another corner of the woods to make way for more houses. A local campaign: No to housing development in Prehen Woods has a Facebook page and an online petition
Prehen Woods is a small wooded parkland area close to Derry City, N. Ireland. It has taken constant campaigning by local residents to protect the woods from threats of clearance for housing.
It has always had a wonderful display of Spring flowers. These bluebells are at their best for only a few days each year. Having missed them last year I was delighted to catch them this time around.
There are three types of Bluebell found in the wild in Ireland. These Native Bluebell, the Spanish Bluebell (Botanical name: Hyacinthoides Hispanica_) and a hybrid of the two.
The cream coloured anthers (visible in other closeups) and the curved edges to the flower trumpets seen in these bluebells are amongst the features that allow the native bluebell (_Hyacinthoides non-scripta) to be distinguished from the Spanish bluebell (Hyacinthoides hispanica).
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