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Bluebells in the Lincolnshire Wolds

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The Valley Wood
This afternoon we decided to go out to Wold Newton in the Linconshire Wolds just out side Grimsby. We parked up in a favourite spot by the entrance to The Valley Wood. This is a delightfully wooded valley only a few miles from home. We had last walked there in snow on a very cold Christmas Day with the temperature well below freezing. How different it was today. The wood was full of bird song and the trees just coming into full leaf. Although not yet grown up the woodland floor was bursting into life. It was a pleasure to see this years crop of Lords and ladies in flower. What a strange flower this is with its green flower and purple spathe. It's questionable odour is designed to attract flies which act as pollinating agents. In the Autumn the fruits are colourful but poisonous red berries. We were soon through the valley and striding across the fields towards Beesby Wood which we knew was a good spot for bluebells. We wre not disappointed - they were there in plenty giving a blue haze to the wood. There was also a good cover of wild garlic or ramsons with its star-shaped white flowers and pungent odour. From Beesby Wood we continued our circular walk of about 3 miles and enjoyed the view from the Wolds edge across oilseed rape fields in flower and over the marsh to the coast where we could see the oil rigs that are berthed in the Humber undergoing repair and maintenance.