Early May in Asham Woods

A month ago Asham Wood on the Mendips was full of wild daffodils in flower but now the Early Purple Orchids (Orchis mascula) are at their best (above) along with Bluebells and Ransoms (below)

Orchis mascula is generally a woodland species (although last week we featured it in Dorset grassland) and really enjoys well maintained coppice like that in Asham Woods.

Two members of the Lily Family to hunt for in ancient woodland at this time of year are Herb Paris (Paris quadrifolia) and Solomons Seal (Polygonatum multiflorum).

This is definitely a good week to explore your local ancient woodland.


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  1. Agnes Jones says:

    I have never seen so many beautiful native wild flowers together in one place or so many varieties of fungus, or amazing moss and ferns as in Asham woods. I see something new every with visit. Thank you for sharing this special magical place with us.