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These wild bluebell were photographed in Prehen Woods, Derry, on a gloriously sunny blue-skied Spring day with sun beams cutting through the canopy creating a dappled shade.
The drooping heads of blue flowers are a classic characteristic of the native bluebell. The ferns below and in the background are also at home in the woodland conditions. Botanical Name: Hyacinthoides non-scripta
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).