Cowleaze Wood, three miles west of Stokenchurch in Buckinghamshire, is a wood renowned for its bluebell displays in late April and May. It is easily reached from the A40 road, near the television mast and has a large car park. Although in Oxfordshire, it is next to the county boundary with Buckinghamshire. This 70 acre wood, set high on a chalk ridge in the Chiltern Hills, is owned by the Forestry Commission. There are views over the surrounding countryside and as well as being one of the finest native bluebell woods, it also attracts visitors who come to see Red Kites in flight.

The Wormsley Estate, which the wood adjoins, was bought by Sir Paul Getty in 1986 and the Red Kite was introduced by him. A spring woodland, carpeted with masses of bluebells, is a spectacle only found in Northern Europe. Britain contains more than half the world’s population of bluebells. Common native bluebells are a protected species in the United Kingdom and it is an offence to dig them up.

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I enjoy visiting different parts of England and Wales and capturing the beauty of our countryside, coast and villages. Many of the places that I have recorded, are where I had happy family holidays with my mother, husband and son. I hope that you enjoy looking at the photos of beautiful England on my website. All Photographs are copyright © Alison Avery.