SNAP HAPPY: The winner of The Hunts Post and The Wildlife Trust bluebell competition is Ruth Nickerson.

Her bluebell photograph was picked by judge Caroline Fitton, spokesman for the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.

Mrs Nickerson, of Bury, whose picture of a bluebell was taken in Lady's Wood, Upwood, won a year's membership to the trust.

Ms Fitton said: "This captures the true iridescent bluey-purple colour of a bluebell in full bloom, and clearly shows detail of the cream coloured anthers of our native bluebell - as opposed to the blue of the Spanish. The sunlight helps bring depth and contrast to the picture."

In close second was Lorraine Bycroft, who wins a place on a Wildlife Trust training workshop.

She said: "I was out in the early afternoon for a walk with the family at Waresley Woods to look for bluebells. I came across this one peeking over the top of a fallen tree. I love taking pictures so had to snap it."

Ms Fitton added: "It's a lovely image of an emerging bluebell, and has pleasing composition, especially with the silver birch in the foreground."

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