The bluebell season is lasting a bit longer than usual, due to warm weather early in April and then cold spells. A lesser-known local bluebell wood is Gutteridge. As with Perivale wood, where the glory was stolen to some extent by the Celandine, in Gutteridge wood its the white Greater Stitchwort that takes your breath away (and the bluebells as well of course).
This walk is unusually varied, with delightful ponds with a mysterious tower in the middle, open meadows with yellow cowslips, the Yeading brook and an area protected from deer with the best bluebells. I have never seen deer there, but there must have been such at some stage!
PS My initial identification of the plants and flowers is done with the help of iNaturalist. Amazingly enough, 5G on the phone is available in the middle of the wood! At any rate this identified both the stitchwort and the cowslip with the help of two iNaturalist “Gurus”, who corrected my initial identifications. Thanks Audrey and tiggrx! Oh, before someone asks, the ten acre wood we visited is NOT the inspiration for A.A. Milne’s stories about a bear and a tiggr.