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Ferns uncurling in Bathwick Wood

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

This month, I recommend a visit to Bathwick Wood which is springing to life at the moment with new plants and the sound of birdsong. New fern fronds are unfurling from tight coils including beautiful hart’s tongue ferns. Ferns are the oldest group of plants on earth with more than 10,000 different species. Other plants are also beginning to appear including the rare Cardamine bulbifera (also known as coral root) which is part of the brassicaceae family.  This plant favours calcareous woodland and has spread though small patches of the woodland. The delicate lilac flowers do not last long so it is a special sight to see in the spring. 

A delicate coral root flower
A delicate coral root flower
A delicate coral root flower