Temperatures might be all over the place, but spring is officially here and so is Britain’s precious flower - the bluebell. Woodlands across the UK are already carpeted in cobalt blue, much earlier than in previous years due to the uncharacteristically hot weather.
The bluebell season is fleeting, adding to their magic. So don’t miss spotting these protected flowers by going on visitwoods.co.uk/bluebells, which has the world’s largest bluebell database with over 1,000 sightings. You simply type in your postcode or town for a list of spots near you. We gave it a go at Stylist HQ and found 17 woods with the wild flowers within ten miles of our Central London office.
They also suggest bluebell walks, list the top ten spots and let you add your own pictures of the vibrant flowers. If you’ve spied any hidden in the woodland you can also report a sighting.
In the UK the bluebell is a protected species and it is a criminal offence to remove them. These flowers also don’t grow wild anywhere else in Europe so finding bluebells is a fabulously British way to spend a spring afternoon. Legend has it that a field of bluebells is intricately woven with fairy enchantments.
The daffodil might have all the Wordsworthian glory as the mighty flower of the spring. But as Emily Bronte wrote: “The Bluebell is the sweetest flower /That waves in summer air: Its blossoms have the mightiest power/ To soothe my spirit’s care.”
Picture credits: Rex Features
Words: Emma Spedding