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These Giant Scaly Male ferns (Dryopteris affinis) were gathered from Clifford’s woods, one of the many woodlands that are being destroyed by the HS2 rail line.


This fern is a hardy specimen that thrives in damp woodland. If you spot it while you are exploring a woodland, it could be an indicator that you are standing in a special habitat.

Scaly Male Fern - Small

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