5th May 2014 – Hagbourne Copse, West Swindon

I’m lost for words. Well okay, that’s never going to actually happen but the expression gives an indication of my surprise at finding out about this delight tucked away behind a busy main road, an industrial estate and the Holiday Inn Express. Well, I’ve only lived here the twenty years so how could I possibly be expected to know eh? Even worse, the copse is only 15 minutes walk from my home in Grange Park.

Once more, as with several other instances that have triggered blog posts, it was social media that alerted me to its existence  – in this instance a photograph of a friend of mine in the aforesaid copse. Then, as is so often the case, no sooner had I seen that, then photographs of the same copse appeared on Instagram. So clearly I thought, in the manner of Winnie the Pooh, an EXPOTITION was in order. This I accomplished today – see the picture gallery lower down.

And what a charming little spot it is. Tranquil isn’t quite the word with the busy road just beyond it, but a haven of nature it most certainly is. Currently carpeted with a bevy of beautiful Bluebells, this little piece of ancient woodland is an absolute delight and makes for a lovely little stroll.

I grew up in Derbyshire and close to my home there was an appropriately called Bluebell Wood which, as children, we frequently visited at Bluebell time. More years than I care to remember have passed by since I last saw Bluebells like this. Just stunning.

As ever, and unsurprisingly, Swindon Web have a nice article about the copse and some lovely photographs – as you can no doubt tell I’m no David Bailey. As they say:

“Bluebell woods are a predominantly British phenomenon as three-quarters of the world’s bluebells are found in these islands.

They occur all over Britain, but whereas most people head for the countryside to enjoy this once-a-year spectacle, Swindon folk don’t need to travel so far…  The vast majority of bluebell woods are relics from ancient woodlands, often dating back to the 17th century – and Hagbourne Copse is no exception.”  

 Directions to this delight can be found on the website of The Wildlife Trusts.  See also Wiltshire Wildlife.




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