Sark is Blooming
The recent spell of mild sunny weather over the last two weeks has transformed Sark as spring has sprung in the most spectacular way. The sides of the lanes and footpaths are bursting with the flowers of Three-cornered Leek
, Primroses, Celandines, Red Campion and Violets while the hedges are cloaked in bright new leaves sprinkled with Blackthorn and Hawthorn Blossom. Out on the headlands the vivid yellow flowers of the Gorse are adding splashes of colour all around the coast and scenting the air with their sweet coconut aroma. My favourites though are the Bluebells. In sheltered areas of Harbour Hill and Dixcart Valley they have been in bloom for a week or more but as the sunshine continues they are now showing their beautiful purple-blue heads along the hedgerows and on the clifftops. They too have a delicious heady fragrance. For those interested in wildlife this is a wonderful time to be on Sark and in a couple of weeks the island’s flora will be celebrated during Wildflower Fortnight. The event runs from the 3rd to 18th May with a series of guided walks where local experts will show you some of the best areas on Sark to enjoy our wonderful wildflowers. The groups are limited to 12 so it’s best to book in advance. Tickets cost £4 for adults and £2 for children. There’s also an exhibition on now at the Visitor Centre on Sark’s wildflowers which runs until 7th May. click here to find out more about Wildflower Fortnight. Pictures by Sue Daly.