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
Sunrise over bluebells in Warwickshire © Ben Waters/Getty

National Trust

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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

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.

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. 

RSPB

The Lodge, Sandy (Bedfordshire)

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. 

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. 

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Bluebells at The Wood of Cree © Andy Hay

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

Launde Woods, (Leicestershire)

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. 

Pound Wood, Benfleet (Essex)

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.

Siccaridge Woods, Frome Valley (Gloucestershire)

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.

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Bluebells in Siccaridge Woods © Emma Bradshaw / Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

Woodland Trust

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

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. 

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

Ashridgesuggested by Joyce Dela Paz

Bradbury Hillsuggested by Roger Parker

Darroch Wood – suggested by Kate Fleming

Inversnaidsuggested by John Tweedie

Kings Wood (Bawtry) – suggested by Sarah Blake

The Leasowessuggested by Jo Isaac T

Malvern Hills suggested by Emily Vern

Moor Copsesuggested by Mike Kirby

Morvern – suggested by Ernie Scales

Slindon Woods – suggested by Katie White

Sulham Woods – suggested by Michael Scott

Walsingham Abbeysuggested by Caro McAdam

Weston Prink (Coyney Woods)suggested by Colin Osborne

West Woods – suggested by Stacey Woolhouse

Ynys-hirsuggested by Dave J Dickenson

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