Where are the bluebells...

For many, this is the best time of year to discover local wildlife

Carpets of native english bluebells in ancient woodlands are a very special and very British wildlife spectacle. While they grow in other parts of Western Europe bluebells reach their highest densities in Britain and Ireland. It is estimated that 25% - 50% of all common bluebells can be found in the British Isles.

Bluebells are a key indicator species for ancient woodlands, which means bluebell woods are likely to date back to at least 1600 and may be much much older. See our factsheet for more info.

These are our top spots to see an amazing display of spring bluebells.

Please note that trampling will kill bluebells so keep to paths and wear appropriate footwear as many paths are still very muddy and boggy. It is illegal to disturb bluebells.

Bedfordshire

Landpark Wood

Cambridgeshire

Brampton Wood

Hayley Wood

Thorpe Wood

Waresley & Gransden Wood

Raveley Wood

Gamsey Wood

Wistow Wood

Northamptonshire

Old Sulehay Forest

Short and Southwick Woods

Learn More

You can learn more about this amazing plant on our bluebell facts page.

Our woodlands are alive with wildlife at this time of year and there plenty more flowering plants to discover. Find out more on our beyond bluebells page

Bluebells are easily damaged and will not flower if they have been crushed. To conserve these beautiful flowers, please stay on the paths when walking through bluebell woods. Remember that paths can be muddy with spring rains, so wellies or sturdy walking boots may be the best footwear. 

We would love you to share your experiences and memories of bluebells on Facebook, Twitter and of course Instagram. Or share your beautiful bluebell photographs with our Flickr group. Use the hashtag #wildlifebcn and tell us where the best bluebell displays are in our three counties.

If you are a professional photographer and want to use these beautiful locations for a shoot, please do get in touch with us to enquire about a commerical photography permit. 

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