Top places to see bluebells

We asked conservation organisations and BBC Wildlife readers for their favourite bluebell locations.

Sunrise over bluebells in Warwickshire. © Ben Waters/Getty

Forestry England

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West Woods, Lockeridge (Wiltshire)

A carpet of bluebells in West Woods. © Forestry England
A carpet of bluebells in West Woods. © Forestry England

West Woods is one of the country’s finest locations for bluebells and, with over 500 hectares to explore, you’ll find peace and quiet in this magical corner of Wiltshire.

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Westonbirt Arboretum (Gloucestershire)

Bluebells in mixed broadleaved woodland at Westonbirt. © Forestry England
Bluebells in mixed broadleaved woodland at Westonbirt. © Forestry England

The national arboretum offers visitors a beautiful display of bluebells, which creates a spectacular vibrant display alongside other wildflowers and diverse tree species.

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Grizedale Forest, Lake District

Oak wood and bluebells in Grizedale. © Forestry England
Oak wood and bluebells in Grizedale. © Forestry England

Parts of this idyllic woodland in the heart of the Lake District are transformed in the spring with a sea of bluebells covering the forest floor.

National Trust

4

Godolophin, Helston (Cornwall)

A 16th century garden famed for its sea of native bluebells in the woodland, where years of mining have left an unnatural, undulating landscape.

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Bluebells at Godolphin © Andrew Butler/National Trust Images

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Sheffield Park and Garden, Uckfield (East Sussex)

A newly opened part of the woodland area at Sheffield Park contains swathes of undisturbed and thriving bluebells. The River Ouse runs through the bottom of the parkland.

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Calke Abbey, Ticknall (Derbyshire)

A short spring walk through the woodland shows off the best of Calke Abbey’s bluebealls. The parkland is also home to Calke’s deer herd consisting of around eighty fallow deer and thirty red, which give birth to their calves during May and June.

National Trust for Scotland

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Greenbank Garden, Clarkston (Glasgow)

Greenbank Garden. © NTS
Greenbank Garden. © NTS

An urban oasis close to Glasgow’s Southside suburbs, with woodland walks and beautiful plants in all seasons – don’t miss the bluebells in spring!

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Threave Garden and Estate, Castle Douglas (Dumfries & Galloway)

Threave bluebells. © NTS
Threave bluebells. © NTS

A garden for all seasons and a haven for wildlife. The garden is divided into a series of smaller gardens to showcase different styles, including a rose garden, rockery and walled garden. New for 2019, is the Garden of Contemplation.

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Culzean Castle and Country Park, near Maybole (Ayshire)

Culzean Castle. © NTS
Culzean Castle. © NTS

Robert Adam’s cliff-top masterpiece rises above a world of, beaches, secret follies and woodland – the floors of which are covered in a sea of blue in spring.

RSPB

10

The Lodge, Sandy (Bedfordshire)

Bluebells at The Lodge. © Mark Brandon
Bluebells at The Lodge. © Mark Brandon

The headquarters of the RSPB includes woodland, heathland, formal gardens and Iron Age archaeology. There is a wide variety of wildlife to look out for alongside bluebells, including breeding hobby from late April, natterjacks will start croaking in the evenings, and green tiger beetles on the heathland areas.

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The Wood of Cree, near Newton Stewart (Dumfries and Galloway)

A fabulous display of bluebells and other woodland flowers during spring. Other star species include red squirrel, pied flycatcher, redstart and even a rare species of bat, Leisler’s bat.

Bluebells at The Wood of Cree © Andy Hay
Bluebells at The Wood of Cree. © Andy Hay
12

Northward Hill, Cooling (Kent)

This reserve has carpets of bluebells from mid April, whilst whitethroats and nightingales sing from the undergrowth. There are nesting grey herons, little egrets and avocets.

Wildlife Trusts

13

Launde Woods, (Leicestershire)

Bluebells at Launde Wood. © Andy Lear
Bluebells at Launde Wood. © Andy Lear

The ground flora of this woodland is very rich and includes wood anemone, bluebell, wood-forget-me-not and a variety of orchids such as early-purple, bird’s-nest and greater butterfly.

14

Pound Wood, Benfleet (Essex)

Bluebells at Pound Wood. © Essex Wildlife Trust
Bluebells at Pound Wood. © Essex Wildlife Trust

In the spring there is a fantastic display of bluebells and visitors can also see common cow-wheat, yellow archangel and wood spurge. Coppicing has opened up wide areas of space where the rare heath fritillary butterfly flourishes.

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Siccaridge Woods, Frome Valley (Gloucestershire)

Bluebells in Siccaridge Woods. © Emma Bradshaw/Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Bluebells in Siccaridge Woods. © Emma Bradshaw/Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

An ancient coppiced woodland that boasts carpets of bluebells in spring, and there is a glade noted for its lily-of-the-valley. Other uncommon species found here include herb Paris and bird’s nest orchid.

Woodland Trust

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Coed Cefn, Crickhowell (Wales)

Alongside a canopy of oack and beech, this ancient woodland site includes an Iron Age hilltop fort to incorporate a historical angle to your woodland enjoyment.

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Bluebells in Coed Cefn © Woodland Trust

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Nidd Gorge, Harrogate (Yorkshire)

Clinging to the sides of a dramatic ravine, Nidd Gorge woodland has a patchwork of habitats supporting a range of wildlife. There is also an adventure trail to keep kids occupied for hours too.

18

Urquhart Bay, Drumnadrochit (Scotland)

On the banks of the Loch Ness, Urquhart Bay is one of the best examples of surviving ancient wet woodland in Europe. Footpaths form a figure of eight through the centre of the wood.

Suggestions from BBC Wildlife readers

  1. Ashridgesuggested by Joyce Dela Paz
  2. Bradbury Hillsuggested by Roger Parker
  3. Darroch Wood – suggested by Kate Fleming
  4. Inversnaidsuggested by John Tweedie
  5. Kings Wood (Bawtry) – suggested by Sarah Blake
  6. The Leasowessuggested by Jo Isaac T
  7. Malvern Hills suggested by Emily Vern
  8. Moor Copsesuggested by Mike Kirby
  9. Morvern – suggested by Ernie Scales
  10. Slindon Woods – suggested by Katie White
  11. Sulham Woods – suggested by Michael Scott
  12. Walsingham Abbeysuggested by Caro McAdam
  13. Weston Prink (Coyney Woods)suggested by Colin Osborne
  14. West Woods – suggested by Stacey Woolhouse
  15. Ynys-hirsuggested by Dave J Dickenson
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Main image: Sunrise over bluebells in Warwickshire. © Ben Waters/Getty