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Wild Daffodils in the Mendips

The last 12 months have been very strange for us humans but it is reassuring to see that the natural world is carrying on as normal.

This time of year is great for visiting remnants of the Mendip Great Wood, on of England’s last ancient forests, to spot our native daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus) flowering in abundance as it once did across the UK.

Native daffodils are smaller and much more delicate than the garden hybrids, and were once one of our most common wild flowers. Sadly, they have become a very rare sight, and need searching for. Seeing them in their splendour in this ancient oak and hazel coppice is makes the searching worthwhile. Flowers will be at their peak in mid-March to give a display like the the one below (taken in 2020)

 

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