March bluebells at Nostell Priory

Images of some spectacularly early bluebells in flower, together with flowering dog’s mercury, and a feeding small tortoiseshell butterfly taken on 17 March at the Nostell Priory estate woodlands help to show how some of our wildlife are responding to the recent spell of settled, and at times, pleasantly warm weather, especially in the shelter provide by mature woodlands at this time of year.

Dogs Mercury in flower

Dogs Mercury in flower

Bluebells appearing at Nostell

Bluebells appearing at Nostell

Small tortoisshell

Small tortoisshell