Last of the Westland Whigs

In the late 17th century, the 'Westland Whigs' were the radical descendants of earlier Covenanters who had defied the absolutist rule of Stuart kings in south west Scotland.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Bluebells on hillside -sign of lost woodland

On east side of Ewe Hill, near Grobdale of Girthon farm at roughly NX 617 638 on slope of Ewe Hill [had GPS so could have given 10 fig map ref if had presence of mind to note it...] found patches of bluebells growing through dead bracken.

Checked with my brother Kenneth and he said the bracken helps conserve bluebells - but both would originally have grown under tree cover.

How long do bluebells survive after the trees have gone? And a quick google search has not given a quick answer. I have posted the photo taken this morning - click to enlarge.


Blogger Maggi said...

Bluebells are a sign of ancient woodland in England, but it is not necessarily so in Scotland. Because of where it is, however, there is a good chance that it was once wooded.

Bluebells, if undisturbed, can probably hang around indefinitely.

8:22 AM  

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