Woodland wanders with Sheffield Woodland Connections – bluebells in Ecclesall Woods 8th May 2020

A short video among the English bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) tracing the winding paths in Ecclesall Woods, Sheffield. Enjoy the sights and sounds of South Yorkshire’s largest ancient woodland in all its springtime splendour. With around 50% of the world’s population, Britain is the only place where you can see such large colonies of bluebells and the dazzling display only lasts for a month at most.

Bluebells are a key ancient woodland indicator species and where extensive carpets of them are seen it is safe to assume that you are in woodland dating back at least 400 years. While the bluebells themselves are not this old the bulbs lay dormant in the soil, surviving for decades while they wait for enough light to flower and creep incrementally outwards.

Extra woodland photo workshop – Sunday 27th October

Thanks to the enthusiastic uptake for the earlier photography workshop at Ecclesall Woods, I have organised a second date for Sunday 27th October.

If you are interested in learning about how to photograph trees and woodland habitats then why not book yourself on this half-day workshop at South Yorkshire’s largest ancient woodland.

Tickets cost £25 and are available through Eventbrite here.

Woodland photography workshops

If you are interested in learning how to photograph trees and woodland habitats then why not book yourself on one of two upcoming half-day photography workshops in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

The first session is taking place in Ecclesall Woods on 19th October 2019 and the second is organised for Woolley Wood on 2nd May 2020.

Come and explore the autumnal atmosphere of Ecclesall Woods where the diversity of tree species means many opportunities for creating great photographs.

Both workshops will cover: getting the most out of your camera equipment; matching the lighting conditions to the subject; and how to produce eye-catching compositions. All of which will be supported by the expert botanical and seasonal knowledge of your host, photographer and nature educator Fran Halsall.

All types of camera are welcome although some of the workshop will be devoted to using SLRs. If you have them, please bring tripods and filters with you. A spare tripod will be available to try out if you wish to do so.

If you want to get to grips with photographing bluebells then Woolley Wood guarantees one of the best displays in Sheffield.

These workshops have been created with the support of Sheffield City Council and tickets are available at only £25 per person with a maximum of ten participants per course.

Tickets for the autumn workshop are available here and tickets for the spring date can be found here.