Bluebells

A quintessentially British sign of spring, bluebell woods are one of the best places to visit during April and May.

In late spring, bluebells often grow so close together they transform the woodland floor into a dazzling carpet of shimmering blue.

Find a bluebell wood to explore

We own over 1,000 sites across the UK, many of which are fantastic bluebell hotspots.

Bluebell IconTo find woods near you, type your town or postcode into our search box. Look out for the bluebell icon on the wood features to see which woods have bluebells.

Or check out our top 10 bluebell woods for some of the best displays across the UK.

True Blue: Unusual bluebell facts

  • In the Bronze Age, people used bluebell glue to attach feathers to their arrows.
  • The Victorians used starch from crushed bluebells to stiffen the ruffs of their collars and sleeves.
  • Bluebell sap was used to bind pages to the spines of books.
  • According to folklore, hearing a bluebell ring is a sign of impending death!
  • Legend also says that a field of bluebells is intricately woven with fairy enchantments.
  • Bees can 'steal' nectar from bluebells by biting a hole in the bottom of the bell. This allows them to reach the nectar without pollinating the flower.

Help us protect our magical woods

The elusive native bluebell can be found in ancient woodland, one of our rarest habitats and hugely important for wildlife.

Ancient woodland is unique and irreplaceable, but it now covers only 2% of the UK. We fight to protect what's left of this precious habitat. Find out about our campaign for better protection for ancient woodland.

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