Woodland flowers

Woodland flowers

Woodlands within the New Forest include coniferous plantations, recently established birch scrub, wet valley alder and willow woods and ancient, wildlife-rich, broad-leaved (deciduous) woodlands dominated by huge oak and beech trees.

Across the world, woodlands are very common, but ancient oak woodlands are becoming rarer and few very survive in north-west Europe.

In deciduous woodland sunlight reaches the ground in winter, but the trees form a dense canopy in summer. The commonest types of flower that grow in these woodlands are those that flower early in the spring before the leaves of the trees open.

The dampness and type of soil are also important, resulting in different types of woodland and wild flowers, even in the same local area.

Many of the New Forest's broad-leaved woodlands have never been intensively modified, or worked, by man. Now they are mostly deliberately left alone. This does not mean that they are neglected, but that people have realised that the best way to manage these woods for wildlife is to let nature run its course, allow the grazing animals continued access and leave dead and dying wood to rot in situ.

  1. Woodland flowers (you are here)
  2. Bluebell
  3. Lesser celandine
  4. Wood anemone
  5. Narrow-leaved lungwort
  6. Foxglove
  7. Wood spurge
  8. Butchers broom
  9. Wood sorrel
  10. Wild daffodil
  11. Bastard balm


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