Ranger recommendation - February

Spring flowers are starting to appear along the woodland paths

The ranger team share their top tips for exploring the Skyline each month.

As spring approaches, the ground is slowly coming to life with new growth. If you take a stroll around Claverton Down you will see bluebells starting to show their heads and the beginnings of lesser celandine flowers. Lesser celandine is one of the first spring flowers you will see, the flowers have 8 to 12 petals and the leaves are dark green and heart shaped. As it is one of the first emerging flowers, it is an important source of nectar for bees and other insects. You will find lesser celandine carpeting damp woodlands, it grows from small tubers and spreads easily making it a weed in gardens but a beautiful splash of colour in the Skyline woodlands.