It’s bluebell season again. This time of year is a great time to get out in the woods with your camera and capture some spring colour. This afternoon we headed down to one of my favourite Staffordshire nature reserves with a group of photographers and spent a couple of hours photographing the bluebells. The reserve, Jackson’s Coppice, is located near Eccleshall and is home to birds, badgers, and bluebells. There’s also a wild flower meadow which is currently in the process of being cleared and re-seeded with native wildflowers and a marsh, with a boardwalk over it.
This year was a little different to previous years – it’s the first time mine and Alys’ son, Elliott, has come out with us. At 14 months he’s still a little young to use a camera, but we’re hoping that he’ll grow to love both photography and nature when he’s old enough to.
The great thing about Jackson’s Coppice is that it’s reasonably compact, so there’s no real danger of getting lost. There’s one main footpath that circles the site and that’s it. At a brisk pace you can do a lap in under 15 minutes, but we managed to take a lot longer thanks to frequent stops to take photographs!
Once we had completed our lap we had a quick chat with some of the photographers who came along about ideas for possible future walks. We’d love to run a similar event in the Autumn photographing the autumnal colours on the trees – the question is where should we go? If anyone has any suggestions for some great autumnal spots then do please let us know via our contact form.
If you’re thinking about going to see the bluebells yourself please remember that they’re protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act, under which it is an offence to remove or damage them, so tread carefully! (This only applies to native bluebells, Hyacinthoides non-scripta).