Duncliffe Wood

Duncliffe Wood - Dorset, UK. ID IMG_8023

Duncliffe Wood – Dorset, UK. ID IMG_8023

A bank holiday trip over the border of Somerset to Duncliffe Wood in North Dorset.

Spring Morning

Early spring morning in an ancient magical bluebell wood.

Duncliffe Wood - Dorset, UK. ID IMG_8347

Duncliffe Wood – Dorset, UK. ID IMG_8347

You know that you got up early when you are the first to arrive in the car park.  Duncliffe Wood is a large wood sitting on top of a pair of hills that overlooks the Blackmore Vale.

This was my first visit to this beautiful wood – something I find hard to believe.  The first visit is all about exploring and seeing each view for the first time.  With fresh eyes there is a photograph around every tree.

Duncliffe Wood - Dorset, UK. ID IMG_8555

Duncliffe Wood – Dorset, UK. ID IMG_8555

As the sun rises over the hills it starts to shine down the slopes bathing the bluebells in growing pools of light.

Duncliffe Wood - Dorset, UK. ID IMG_8299

Duncliffe Wood – Dorset, UK. ID IMG_8299

Some of the trees are very old, kept going through centuries of coppicing.

Duncliffe Wood - Dorset, UK. ID IMG_8612

Duncliffe Wood – Dorset, UK. ID IMG_8612

This must be one of only a handful of woods that has open carpets of bluebells.

Duncliffe Wood - Dorset, UK. ID IMG_9181

Duncliffe Wood – Dorset, UK. ID IMG_9181

The woodland floor is covered in bluebells as far as you can see.  However, there are extra little gems such as these wood anemones, yellow celandines and early-purple orchids.

Wood Anemones and Bluebells, Duncliffe Wood, Dorset, UK. ID IMG_9507

Wood Anemones and Bluebells, Duncliffe Wood, Dorset, UK. ID IMG_9507

Of course, as soon as the sun warms the hill sides, the usual butterfly suspects are out and about.

Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) - Duncliffe Wood, Dorser, UK. ID IMG_8784

Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) – Duncliffe Wood, Dorser, UK. ID IMG_8784

Its always nice to see the butter coloured brimstones flying around.

Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) - Duncliffe Wood, UK. ID IMG_8994

Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) – Duncliffe Wood, UK. ID IMG_8994

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