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No not some species of dinosaur, but a plant descendant heralding from the beginnings of time. Between May to November the Pteridium Acquilinium or Bracken can be seen emerging. In the woodland areas we first had the fall of the autumn leaves carpeting the ground, then the promise of new life in the form of the amazing carpet of bluebells. Now as the bluebells have receded they have made way for the branched frons of the Bracken which gives the hill its name, and they can grow as high as 6 feet!

If you would like and further information on ferns in the UK then a trip to the Fern World website is a very interesting departure.

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/hosted-sites/bps/index.htm

They really do give the lodge an amazing  green carpet to nestle in!

The pteridophytes are coming!
June 20th, 2010